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By Mark J. Price
Beacon Journal staff writer
Stocks sold for $10 per share in 1917 to build the Hippodrome
Arcade and Hippodrome Theatre at Main, Bowery, Center and
Water streets in downtown Akron.
In 1918, Akron developers envisioned the Hippodrome Arcade as an elegant concourse with 30 stores and offices, and a luxurious movie palace with seating for more than 3,000 patrons.
A 1919 advertisement depicts the front of the Hippodrome Arcade under construction on South Main Street in Akron. If the facade looks familiar, it's because a slightly modified building still stands.
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