Texas: Hippodrome 1925
Who could fill a Hippodrome, a Manhattan theatre built to epic scale, gigantic enough for gladiator combat, an elephant parade, or a calvary troop's maneuvers? Crowd-pleaser Texas Guinan and her "El Fey Gang" [a revue that included Ruby Keeler among her "little girls"], that's who!
• • Even without liquor service, Texas Guinan's name could sell tickets quicker than most in the Times Square area of New York City - - or anywhere during the 1920s.
• • In 1923 B.F. Keith took over this Sixth Avenue Circus Maximus, situated at the lip of the 6th Avenue Elevated, occupying an entire city block between West 43rd and West 44th Street.
• • Built 1905 - demolished 1939.
• • photo: Texas Guinan [1925 ad] • B.F. Keith's Hippodrome