The first theatre at 33 and 34, Snargate Street was the Clarence Theatre built in 1790 and later called the Theatre Royal. It was founded by a local company, the capital being raised by the sale of £50 shares. For a little while its use as a theatre was abandoned, and an advertisement appeared in the local papers stating that:'the building recently used as as Theatre may be hired by the day or the week for any public purposes.' In 1844 the Inauguration Banquet to celebrate the opening of the South Eastern Railway was held there. The building reopened as a Theatre shortly afterwards.In 1896 it was rebuilt and opened as the Tivoli Theatre but the name was changed again in March 1910, when it became the Royal Hippodrome. The Hippodrome could seat 600 and had its entrance on Snargate Street. In the early 20th century it doubled as both cinema and theatre being used by both professional companies and local amateurs. Its main entertainment was variety shows with two shows a night and the programme changing every week. During the Second World War the Hippodrome proudly upheld the old theatrical saying that “the show must go on” despite the, often heavy, shelling and bombing. Through nearly the whole of the war the stars appearing at the theatre helped to keep up the morale of servicemen and women and the civilian population. Having survived as long as it did, it was a cruel irony that it was one of the last shells to land on Dover that finally closed it. On Monday 25th September 1944 a shell that caused extensive damage blasted the theatre. It was due to open again after being closed for over two weeks because of the heavy shelling. The comedian Sandy Powell had offered to appear as a guest star on the Wednesday night. Unfortunately, the theatre was so badly damaged, with a deep crack appearing in one of the walls, it never opened again. The building was finally demolished in 1951.