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The Hippodrome Theater, New York
The newly built Hippodrome Theater in 1905

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New York City's Hippodrome Closed Its Doors for the Last Time
August 16, 1939

Would you like to watch Harry Houdini, legendary magician and escape artist, make an elephant disappear right in front of your eyes? Or watch diving horses while a 500-member chorus sings in triumph? Or see some of your favorite comedians and singers perform live on a huge sparkling stage? Back in the 1920s, you could have seen all this at New York City's famous Hippodrome Theater. But on August 16, 1939, the Hippodrome closed its doors for the last time.
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