Holbeach entertainment in the 1930s

What was showing at the Hippodrome in Holbeach in 1931.
What was showing at the Hippodrome in Holbeach in 1931.

Entertainment in Holbeach in the 1930s sounds similar to today – in some respects.

Apart from dances and live music, people loved going to the cinema, and there were two in Spalding – the Regent Theatre and the Princess Cinema – and Holbeach had the Hippodrome, where Len’s sister Mary Hall worked.

At that time, The Desert Song was delighting audiences at the Hippodrome and a week later Holbeach Amusements Ltd (H Bancroft and G F Ranger) presented The Ship from Shanghai at the Hippodrome. It was so popular – “A talkie you will talk about!” – that there were continuous performances from 5.45pm to 10.45pm.

Amateur dramatics were also favoured – Holbeach Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society put on a performance of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe at the Hippodrome, but by late March of 1931 readers were being exhorted to ‘Take more seaside holidays and less medicine’ as defence against influenza.