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East of the Pier Heritage Trail

Royal Hippodrome

Royal Hippodrome


The Hippodrome is now a community theatre run by a trust. It was built in 1883 and designed by a celebrated architect called C J Phipps. The whole project was completed in 7 months. It is said to be the least altered example in the country of a Phipps theatre. It was re-named the Royal Hippodrome in 1904 following a major refit. Great store was always placed on the quality and respectability of its product. It was never a music hall. Bruce Forsyth was appearing in summer season here when he got the call to compere Sunday Night at the London Palladium.

There is a free History Corner here at the box office that you are welcome to visit to find out more about the history of entertainment in the town.

Trail: East of the Pier Heritage Trail

Waypoint: 7

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Royal Hippodrome Theatre,
108-112 Seaside Road,
East Sussex,
BN21 3PF



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Map reference: OA 617911  Lat: 50.76906 Long: 0.29277

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