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BrotherJoybert
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1 of 163  Tue 9th Feb 2010 1:43pm  
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"Wetbicycleclappersoup" posted this a cracking picture of the old Coventry Theatre
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Robin D Leach
Kenilworth
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2 of 163  Thu 1st Mar 2012 7:58am  
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As an addendum to my recent posting about Sammy Newsome, the man who built the Hippodrome, does anybody know who the building contractors were that actually constructed it? I am tempted to think it may have been John Gray but accurate info would be most welcome. Incidentally, one of my abiding memories of the 'Cov Theatre' as we referred to it, was being in the circle for a Slade concert (late 70s) and feeling it bouncing up an down; we always say about six inches though I suspect it was actually only about one, but still a little unnerving at the time!!
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TonyS
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3 of 163  Thu 1st Mar 2012 9:04am  
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On 1st Mar 2012 7:58am, Robin D Leach said: ... Incidentally, one of my abiding memories of the 'Cov Theatre' as we referred to it, was being in the circle for a Slade concert (late 70s) and feeling it bouncing up an down....
I can relate to this. If you were lucky you'd either be in the Stalls or the Dress Circle. If you were not so lucky you might find yourself in the Upper Circle - and if you were at the back of the ticket queue you'd end up on the very back row of the upper circle (or up in "The Gods" as we called it) - which was me! Thumbs up I saw The Kinks from this position in the 60's - I say "saw", more like heard the noise as the seat was so far away I could hardly see the stage! And yes, the place positively bounced. Smile
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Robin D Leach
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4 of 163  Thu 1st Mar 2012 4:09pm  
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Ah the Kinks; quite by chance my favourite band! I am originally from Muswell Hill as were they. It is thought that Coventry was the first place they played the music-history-changing 'You Really Got Me' in public for the first time, though perhaps not at the one you saw.
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heritage
Bedworth
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5 of 163  Thu 1st Mar 2012 4:42pm  
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Two highlights of the Hippodrome. Tommy Steele in the 1950s at the height of his fame and the Temperance Seven in the 1960s. Our crowd filled the complete length of the front row of the Grand Circle.
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GVB

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6 of 163  Thu 1st Mar 2012 8:12pm  
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I remember seeing Steel Eye Span there and Maddy Prior was amazing. When they did "All around my hat" she started singing it on stage, danced off and up the aisles, around the circle and back on to the stage. She was still singing when she got back on stage and wasn't even out out of breath. Cracking night and I enjoyed it immensely.
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TonyS
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7 of 163  Fri 2nd Mar 2012 4:23pm  
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I've just uploaded some scans of adverts from 1963 to my gallery. One of which is for The Coventry Theatre Smile
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rojwhittle
derbyshire
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8 of 163  Sun 4th Mar 2012 12:42am  
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November (I think) 1963, The Beatles appeared at Coventry Theatre. I had a ticket, but hundreds didn't and there were traffic jams all along the A45. The concert started about an hour late and none of it could be heard for girls screaming.
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dutchman
Spon End
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9 of 163  Sun 4th Mar 2012 12:58am  
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My dad told me that in the event of Hales Street being blocked by fans, the fire engines were to be called out on a bogus emergency so as to clear the road! Oh my
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rojwhittle
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10 of 163  Sun 4th Mar 2012 1:03am  
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I seem to remember that the fire engines were brought out to block the road by Lady Herbert Garden so the band's car could get down to the stage door. It was complete chaos.
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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11 of 163  Sun 4th Mar 2012 8:54am  
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On 4th Mar 2012 12:42am, rojwhittle said: November ( I think) 1963, The Beatles appeared at Coventry Theatre. I had a ticket, but hundreds didn't and there were traffic jams all along the A45. The concert started about an hour late and none of it could be heard for girls screaming.
Wasn't Helen Shapiro top of the bill ?
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TonyS
Coventry
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12 of 163  Sun 4th Mar 2012 6:37pm  
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She certainly was...
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dutchman
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13 of 163  Sun 4th Mar 2012 6:46pm  
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That was an earlier appearance. They made another in November by which time they were far more popular and topped the bill.
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TonyS
Coventry
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14 of 163  Sun 4th Mar 2012 6:58pm  
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That's correct. The day after Helen Shapiro's tour finished, they started their own as headline act. Then returned to the city on Sunday 17th November 1963, exactly a year to the day after they first appeared here at the Matrix Hall.
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MisterD-Di
Sutton Coldfield
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15 of 163  Sun 4th Mar 2012 7:04pm  
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That's right. The Beatles played the Matrix Hall on 17 November 1962, then returned for this show in February 1963. What a line-up! Helen Shapiro presumably topped the bill on the basis of two UK No.1s. Danny Williams had had one, and the Beatles didn't have a No.1 until From Me To You a few weeks later. The subsequent appearance at the Coventry Theatre was a year to the day after the Matrix, 17th November 1963. They never played Coventry again. www.beatlesbible.com
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