The NYC Hippodrome

Walking along 6th Ave between 43rd and 44th you might not notice number 1120, a midsized, 1950s glassy office building. Madmen’s Roger Sterling would look at home in the lobby.

But maybe you happen to catch sight of the building’s name: Hippodrome.

Unusual. Where does it come from?

It comes from the wonderous building, the Hippodrome Theatre,

that operated on this site from 1909 to 1939. It had 5,300 seats–more than today’s Met. Performing elephants and Harry Houdini graced the stage.

These photos of the old theater come from a display the New York Public Library mounted in the 47th-50th Street subway station, right by Rockefeller Center.

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