Hippodrome meeting seeks public funds

To breathe life into the theatre

Friday, December 14, 2012 - 4:12pm

The Waco Hippodrome is one of the oldest, most iconic buildings in Waco.

It’s been dormant for more than two years but it may be coming back to life soon.

City officials met Friday to discuss whether public funds should help revitalize it.

Opening in 1914, the Waco Hippodrome was the bee’s knees back in the day.

But now, it sits sad and lonely. Locked up with the last event held still on it’s marquee.

But a group of city leaders met Friday to discuss giving money to help re-invent the aging building.

Megan Henderson has been working to make Downtown Waco the place to be. She is the director of Waco Downtown Development Corp.

“What I love about the proposed project, is that it restores and preserves the beautiful architecture and the unique personality of the building,” said Henderson.

Clayton Overstreet walks by it every Friday.

“This is the only place like this in Waco. When they shut it down, nothing in downtown was here. And since, downtown has really grown again," said Overstreet.

“I think it’s hard to argue that isn’t a uniquely, symbolic, exciting building. That this particular, moreso than many others….. I mean it’s got our name on it. It says ‘Waco’ in letters of light," said Henderson.

Henderson said, “When Waco’s letters shine in the darkness at a place where people get together, and have fun, that’s good for everybody.”




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