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Hippodrome Theater | Richmond, VA

The Hippodrome Theater is located in Richmond’s Jackson Ward Historic District, considered the center of African American commerce, arts and entertainment during the early 20th Century. In the 1930′s and 1940′s, the venue attracted big stars like Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson, Ethel Waters, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Moms Mably and James Brown.

The historic theater adjoins the Taylor Mansion on North Second Street, built in 1907 for the Rev. W.L. Taylor, a leader of the United Order of True Reformers. The mansion was credited at the time with being the largest home of a black American in the United States.

Both buildings have recently been the beneficiaries of extensive renovations: the 800 seat Hippodrome Theater features live Blues and R&B acts each month while the W L Taylor Mansion will feature a two-level restaurant and a 120 seat “listening room” for live entertainment nightly in an even more intimate setting.

The Hippodrome/Taylor Mansion
528 North 2nd Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (804) 266-2021
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Photo Credits: Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia (top image), Grace Albritton (bottom image)


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  1. Claudette Ellett says:

    I would love to visit the Hippodrome, but understand that you have to be invited. What would I have to do to get on your guest list?

  2. Brian C. Spearman says:

    I was able to have drinks last night with my wife for her birthday at the Taylor mansion speak easy. This was during cocktail hour which was by invitation only. The dress code was business casual.. This is one of Richmonds best kept secrets. I’m sure it won’t be for long. What a breath of fresh air. This is a very nice club and i really enjoyed myself. Keep up the good work!