Hippodrome, 52-58, Middle Street - Brighton and Hove, City of (UA)

Originally an ice rink by Kerslake dating from 1896. Converted to Hippodrome in 1901 and again to variety theatre in 1902, both to designs of Frank Matcham. Vacant and in very bad condition. Some repairs have taken place but the condition is deteriorating and the ornate plasterwork to the auditorium is particularly at risk. Consent granted in November 2013 for conversion to a multi-screen cinema was not implemented. A new private owner has recently acquired the building and Historic England is in early pre-application discussions about potential uses.

Hippodrome, 52-58, Middle Street - Brighton and Hove, City of (UA)
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Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: MECCA BINGO
  • Heritage Category: Listed Building grade II*
  • List Entry Number: 1381793
  • Local Planning Authority: Brighton and Hove, City of (UA)
  • Site Type: Recreational > Music speech and dance venue


  • Building Name: Hippodrome
  • Street Name: Middle Street
  • Unitary Authority: Brighton and Hove, City of (UA)
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Brighton, Pavilion
  • Region: South East

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Building or structure
  • Condition: Very bad
  • Occupancy / Use: Vacant/not in use
  • Priority: A - Immediate risk of further rapid deterioration or loss of fabric; no solution agreed
  • Previous Priority: A
  • Ownership: Commercial company
  • Designation: Listed Building grade II*, CA