Nov. 23 - The Hippodrome Theatre, designed by Thomas W. Lamb, opens with a vaudeville show featuring jugglers, comics and four elephants. The 3,000-seat theater, the city's largest, cost about $225,000.
The Hippodrome becomes affiliated with the Loews chain of vaudeville houses.
April 11 - Firefighters rescue a horse that slipped and became wedged in a backstage door while exiting the stage.
February - Now $350,000 in debt, the Hippodrome is closed, then sold to attorney L. Edward Goldman for $14,000. Isidor "Izzy" Rappaport, a Philadelphia promoter, leases the theater.
Aug. 28 - The Hippodrome reopens. Emcee George Jessel remarks to an audience that includes Gov. Albert C. Ritchie: "the Depression is so bad now that the squirrels in Druid Hill Park are giving the nuts back to the people."
Sept. 22 - Acrobat Edwin J. Michaels, files a $25,000 suit in Superior Court for splinters he received while somersaulting across the stage.
Aug. 19 - The original Three Stooges - Ted Healy, Moe and Shemp Howard - perform. Also appearing: Red Skelton.
June 30 - Frank Sinatra's Baltimore debut. Several months later, Glenn Miller and his orchestra break house records
Dec. 8 - Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman appear in Louella Parsons' All-Star Revue.
July 16 - "Miss Dinah Shore, a comely soprano, joined other stage show performers at a gala that celebrated the reopening of a reconditioned Hippodrome," reports The Evening Sun.
June 13 - The American Legion sponsors a midnight musical benefit to raise funds to send at least four million cigarettes to American soldiers fighting overseas.
Sept. 1 - The Hippodrome's vaudeville era ends and the theater begins to show movies only.
Oct. 1 - The Hippodrome's vaudeville era resumes due to "overwhelming demand on the part of the Baltimore public for this form of entertainment," announces promoter Rappaport.
May 31 - Vaudeville era really ends: Pee Wee King and the Cowboys are the last vaudeville act at Hippodrome, which begins showing double features.
Dec. 15 - The theater is closed for a week while 3-D equipment and a giant screen are installed days before the opening of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Technicolor musical Kiss Me Kate.
Theater walls are covered in polyester prior to the regional debut of Cleopatra, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.
March 22 - The Trans-Lux Corp., owner of theaters in Baltimore, New York, Detroit, Washington and Boston, announces that the Hippodrome will be converted to a "legitimate theater." "Baltimore, at present, has no legitimate theatre. Ford's, the only remaining house used for live attractions, was torn down last month," notes the Evening Sun.
Aug. 20 - Police interrupt the musical The Unsinkable Molly Brown and search more than 600 audience members while in pursuit of two criminals who had robbed a nearby lodging house.
May 31 - A near-capacity crowd watches the 50th anniversary running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race on closed-circuit television.
Nov. 19 - While moviegoers watch Atlanta burn in Gone With the Wind, firefighters enter the theater to extinguish a fire caused by a cigarette dropped down a heating duct.
The Hippodrome becomes a venue for "blaxploitation" and X-rated films.
August - The Hippodrome closes.
Barry Levinson films exterior scenes for his movie, Liberty Heights.
John Waters uses the old theater for scenes in his movie, Cecil B. Demented.
June 6 - Groundbreaking ceremonies are held for the $65-million renovation of the long-darkened theater. Partners in addition to the Hippodrome Foundation include the Maryland Stadium Authority and Clear Channel Entertainment.
Feb. 10 - The Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center opens with The Producers.
- Frederick N. Rasmussen
Sun research librarian Paul McCardell also contributed to this timeline.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times