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“so much more than a theater” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Hippodrome State Theatre

The Hippodrome State Theatre
25 SE 2nd Place, Gainesville, FL 32601
352-375-4477
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Ranked #4 of 17 Attractions in Gainesville
Type: Movie Theaters, Theaters & Stadiums
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Owner description: 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.
Gainesville, Florida
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3 attraction reviews
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“so much more than a theater”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2012

The only place in GVL to find indie/foreign films as well as bigger budget movies. Great live theater. One of those really cool places where you can see history honored but, not pay in comfort or convenience. Oh, and they have a full bar.

Visited November 2011
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“Going back in time!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012

This theater (or classically written as THEATRE) is not fancy. It is not huge. It's a VERY old building ... but it's a classic and nostalgic place to go and watch civic theater. The inside is small .. and if you are sitting next to someone who requires a little more room, they are practically sitting on top of you, as the seats/leg room are very small. But again this goes back to it being a very old theater. It's fun to experiene, if you haven't ever been there.

Visited May 2011
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Gainesville, Florida
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“One Of My Favorite Places In Gainesville”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

I have attended plays and movies at The Hipp and enjoy both, but I go more often for the movies which tend to be not-mainstream films - indy films, foreign films and documentaries. The Hipp is my favorite movie theater. I also enjoy the art gallery there. We always arrive early so we have time to check out the artwork on display.

The only complaint I have about the movies at The Hipp is that the sound is not always good - sometimes too low, sometimes muffled. Perhaps new speakers are needed. Not sure, but I do wish they would improve the sound quality.

Visited January 2012
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Gainesville, Florida
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“Support local business!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2012

It's a piece of history of Gainesville. It's community-run and you can tell that the people running and supporting the theatre has a great passion for arts and the local community in Gainesville.

Visited January 2012
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“My all time fav-place to catch a fabulous show!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

Every show I've seen at the HIPP since 1995 has been fantastic! I must if you visit Gainesville!

Visited December 2011
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