Hippodrome Roller Rink

Pictures submitted by
Vickie Rennie, Cohn High Class of 1969


The Hippodrome Roller Rink was on West End across from Centennial Park.  It served as a venue for music concerts and professional wrestling matches as well. Other prominient skating rinks included Bordeaux, Skateland in Madison and the Rollerdrome on Thompson Lane.


Jean Buchanan pictured above was
Miss Hippodrome 1946
Jean and her brother Jack were
the Southern Regional Champs of 1945

Hippodrome Ticket Booth Sign
Picture provided by Tony Wool, whose grandad (Tony Sudekum)
owned the Hippodrome and his dad (Porter Woolwine) was the manager.

If you have memories of the Hippodrome please
post them in the Memory Book and I will add them here.
If you have pictures of the other rinks, please share them.

"In the fifties you could rent skates (clamp ons to your shoes) for 10 cents,
then you got your dime back when you turned the skates in."
Dwight Miller, Coopertown, TN

Name: Sherrie Bargatze
Location: Dallas, Texas
Comments: The Hippodrome: Remember the nice lady who checked your coats?
My grandmother Mary Jo Dunn Bargatze. Remember the accordion music we skated
by? My aunt Evelyn Bargatze Vaughn. I was lucky my grandmother escorted me
in the side door and we saved .10 cents, plus I had my own white boot skates
with pink pom poms. And of course the "Grand March" finale. To the good

Email: kenandval37@man.com
Location: Cerritos, California, U.S.A.
Comments: I worked at the hippodrome as a skate boy and other positions for about 4 years in the 50s. I even sold popcorn at the wrestling matches. Do you remember Connie who played the organ? Mrs. Bargatze in the coat check room? Moe the door man? Ham the floor man? Mrs. Gregory who sold tickets? How about the Grand March and "Good Night Sweetheart"? Love to hear from anyone who remembers that and/or more.

"I remember Jackie, Don and Roughhouse Fargo beating the
Germans with Manager Gentleman Saul Weingeroff at the wrestling matches.
The place was packed and it was standing room only.
Also, I saw the Kingsmen, Sam the Sham and the Gentrys play there in the mid 60's"
Chip Curley, Hendersonville, TN

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