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The Hippodrome State Theatre

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Address: 25 SE 2nd Place, Gainesville, FL 32601
Phone Number: 352-375-4477
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The Hippodrome State Theatre is the architectural centerpiece of...

The Hippodrome State Theatre is the architectural centerpiece of Gainesville's Historic downtown and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The main stage theatre features the work of award-winning thespians and presents some of the best theatre in the country. The Hippodrome also houses a visual arts gallery, a cinema featuring first run artistic and foreign films, and a full service bar.

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My husband and I were in town for the TN/FL game and decided to take in a play while in town. We were fortunate enough to get front row seats for Peter & the Starcatcher. We were... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 29, 2015
Chad B
Knoxville, Tennessee
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

My husband and I were in town for the TN/FL game and decided to take in a play while in town. We were fortunate enough to get front row seats for Peter & the Starcatcher. We were amazed with the entire experience!!! Amazing, intimate setting makes you feel like you are a part of the production!! First class venue &... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

We love watching their plays! So much fun and such talented actors/actresses. We watched Winter Wonderettes last winter and just watch Peter and The Starcatcher, both were superb. Perfect for date night or when family is in town. Smaller theatre but that makes it nice so there's not too many people. Keep up the great work!!!

Thank beautifulbutterfly27
Gainesville FL
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

For 17 years we had season tickets at the Hipp. It is one of the things that makes Gainesville awesome. The productions are professional, unexpected, entertaining and always a fabulous date. I would give it 6 stars if there was one more.

Thank soccermom9
Ocala, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Wife and I saw honkytonk angels. Three great singer/performers. Loads of familiar music very well done. Great little venue all seats are very good, up close and personal seating.

Thank Skip S
Jupiter, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Saw Mr. Burns there. Great venue to see a play. Old building with a great history. There is a nice little snack bar that lets you pre-order for intermission. The theater company there is very talented.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

We drive by all the time and I've always found the building pretty. My husband and I finally visited for Burns: A Post-Apocalyptic Play, which we both really enjoyed. There is a small bar and the seating itself small as well, but you get a good view of your show. The interior may be a bit outdated, but you don't... More 

Thank Maryann_B1
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

The quality of performances varies. I have gone from a season member for years to selecting 2 - 3 shows a season. I have had to walk out 50% of the time due to the poor quality. Choose your shows wisely and save some money.

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Ellijay, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

The plays are fine here, but the smell isn't. It is a lovely, old building that needs some fresh air...sadly.

Thank twistabout
Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

While in Gainesville on our way to Florida I searched for something unique to do on a Saturday night. I was pleased to find that the Hippodrome Theatre was offering a showing of Some Like It Hot that evening, but unfortunately it was sold out. It surprised me that a play was being performed right after so we purchased tickets.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Seen some good shows here. Staff is very nice, they have some good actors. Best thing of all show your student ID and get a discount. Good thing to do on a night there is nothing to do.

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