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Hippodrome Theater, Frankfort, KY

The Hippodrome Theater in Frankfort, KY, located on Washington Street, was the only colored theater in the city in 1913, according to an article in The Freeman, 06/21/1913, p1, by journalist Hardin Tolbert. The facility was described as "the new moving picture playhouse opposite the Odd Fellows' Hall." "The management will put on home talent vaudeville. Large crowds are in attendance nightly." The theater may have been a short lived investment; there is no listing for the Hippodrome or a colored theater in Caron's Directory of the City of Frankfort, Ky for 1914-1915-1916.

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NKAA Entry: Tolbert, Hardin
NKAA Source: The Freeman [Indianapolis Freeman] (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Caron's directory of the city of Frankfort...

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