7 thoughts on “The Hippodrome Theatre, 1919

  1. Later became the Orpheum. Torn down for Nordstrom. I miss the era of the large, downtown movie palaces.

  2. The corner coffee shop was the “Hostess” with a small sign in the front window by the entry. NO BLACKS SERVED. It was the end of the 50’s and to me this one sign stood in the way of progress. I miss the Orpheum with it’s rich appointments, over the top architecture, plush men’s smoker and restroom downstairs. We got dressed up to go to the Orpheum.

  3. There is much more of the theater’s history here:


    It should be noted that several of the photos of the “T&D Theater” and “Empress Theater” at the link are actually of the theater building that stood at Broadway and Stark (which was also named the Orpheum, Liberty, and Music Box over the years) rather than the building at on Yamhill.

    You can differentiate the photos of the Stark and Broadway Building from the Yamhill building by the inclusion of the Oregon Hotel visible across the street.

  4. “Hippodrome” has always seemed a strange choice of names for a theater since it specifically refers to a horse (hippo is Greek for horse) or chariot racing venue in ancient Greece.

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