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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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Description: 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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 7, 2015
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Gainesville FL
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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.

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Ocala, Florida
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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.

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Jupiter, Florida
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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 

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Ocala
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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.

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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

So, we're walking down the street after dinner and see the theatre and I say "Hey let's go in and see the show". What a great idea that was. There's not a bad seat in the place. The show was funny and entertaining. We saw Slasher. We would definitely return again.

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Gainesville, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Every show I've seen here, you feel like you are right on stage. It is quite an experience. There is not a bad seat in the house. Many productions have questionable language and innuendos, but the acting is great.

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