Bristol Hippodrome


Opened its doors in 1912.

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If you’ve been to London, seen all the shows, got the T-shirt (and the signed programmes), then how about taking your seats somewhere different for a change?

After all, the Bristol Hippodrome gets more than its fair share of top West End Shows.Since opening its doors in December 1912, this magnificent building in the city centre has hosted British premieres like Guys and Dolls, back in 1953 – and the first showing anywhere of the spectacular Mary Poppins show in 2004.

It celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2012, which is pretty impressive when you realise that along the way it’s survived World War II bombing raids, a fire and the odd bit of heckling. Mind you, the latter is all part of the fun when you’re watching panto.But there’s more to this place than the onstage action, darlings.

Cast your eyes upwards during the interval and you’ll see the dome in the roof, which can be opened up to the fresh air at the flick of a lever.As far as we’re aware, it’s the only fully functioning one of its kind in the UK today (remember that fact for the pub quiz).


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