Minutes, 11/13/1922

CreatorHill, Ruth
Club Year1922-1923
People Involved Hill, Ruth; Dees, Wacil; McCord, Mary; Fleming, Katherine; Hilburn, Sam;
Organizations Involved Arden Club; Hippodrome Theater; Southern Methodist University;

The meeting was called to order by the president.
Roll call found Lois Boli absent. The records of the previous meeting were read and approved.
The treasurer reported $25- received since the last meeting.
The president appointed the following committee to send a note of thanks to the Hippodrome theatre – Wacil Dees, + Ruth Hill, secretary – the committee to confer with Miss McCord.
The question of the erection of a building for the use of the Arden Club was discussed. The president appointed the following committee to act with the president in investigating the project. Mr. Hilburn, Ms. Dees, and Miss Fleming.
Mr. Hilburn reported that the University appropriation for the Arden Club would be $400 for the year 1922-23.
Ruth Hill, secretary


The most interesting part of these minutes is the mentioning of the Hippodrome Theatre. It opened in 1913 as a movie theater. However, the owners quickly realized that the 1200 capacity theatre was more profitable as used as a stage than a motion picture theatre. The types of performances that this building held ranged greatly. They showed spectacular movies, and motion pictures of operas, while also displaying Minstrel shows and later on Burlesque shows with dancers described as “Hootchy kootchy”. Ultimately, the building was torn down in 1960 and is today the land on Elm Street where it once stood is now home to the Renaissance Tower.