The Hippodrome officially has a future – but here are some clues to its ruined past

It will be a hell of a job of restoring – if someone ever takes it upon themselves to restore the Hippodrome to its former glory.

The Hippodrome was once a beautiful theater with an electric atmosphere on the corner of Green Lane and Macklin Street, but has suffered greatly in recent years and is now a derelict horror.

Partial demolition as part of abandoned repair work in the late 2000s left large gaps in the structure, and fires and vandalism further damaged the old theater.

Work is underway to explore the reclamation of the Hippodrome – and it is achievable, according to a study by the Derby Racecourse Restoration Trust.

The last report suggest that the building could be transformed into a live music venue with offices, workshops and a cafe.

Clues to its past uses and future potential can be seen in these photos below, taken by Lost places and forgotten faces, an urban explorer who visited the Hippodrome in March of this year – and with any luck he won’t stay in that state for too long.

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