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The Hippodrome State Theatre

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Address: 25 SE 2nd Pl, Gainesville, FL 32601-6567
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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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Great building, AMAZING productions

I have seen 4 productions at the HIppadrome in Gainesville and have never been disappointed! They are an equity house, but also utilize University of Florida students and local... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed January 13, 2017
Susie P
Lakeland, Florida
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Lakeland, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2017

I have seen 4 productions at the HIppadrome in Gainesville and have never been disappointed! They are an equity house, but also utilize University of Florida students and local talent. Every aspect of the production is top notch! The intimacy of the small house is a wonderful experience, and the staff is friendly and helpful. BRAVO!!

Thank Susie P
Silver Springs, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016

We had been traveling out-of-state recently and had not attended any cultural activities. on our return, we wanted to attend a theater production. Looking at various venues, the Christmas production of "The Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged)" caught our eye. The synopsis sounded really good, so we decided to make reservations and drive to The Hipp for the show. What a... More 

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Plantation, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016 via mobile

We always enjoy coming here . Not a bad seat in the house. Shows are always enjoyable . Historic building is amazing . Take the very old elevator.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

The building is Gainesville's old post office, but this is do much more. The basement can be rented for small gatherings, the first floor is an art gallery, bar and movie theater and the third floor is the main theater. Funky productions, foreign films and speaking programs dominate the agenda. The Holiday productions are not to be missed.

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Ocala, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2016

We attend this theater regularly, being a season ticket holder for the past 3 years. Most plays are good. This past one Toxic Avenger, was exceptional. Highly recommended for anyone wishing for a laugh and pleasant evening. The show is full of energy and moves fast. Never a boring moment. A very creative and interesting mix of theatrical elements.

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Alachua, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2016

I'm a huge HIPP fan and have had season tickets for going on two decades. Saw the preview of Toxic Avenger last night. WOW. Possibly the best musical they've done, (and they're always super.) Outstanding talent and energy, with costume changes that remind me of a Broadway show. Fast moving and entertaining. The music was written by a Bon Jovi... More 

Thank Jess E
Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2016 via mobile

I absolutely LOVE the HIPP. We've been several times and it is always a fantastic experience. We've been as couples, friends, and as a family! Beautiful venue and excellent talent is brought in for shows!

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Wilmington, Delaware
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2016

You can rent basement room here for any occasion . It was very nice , location is quaint town and handicap accessible . Recommend highly .

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2016 via mobile

Went for our first performance last week, and wish we'd gone sooner. Very neat experience to see live theater in such an up close environment. There isn't a bad seat in the house, and you're close enough that you feel as if you're part of the action. We saw Women in Jeopardy with friends, and we really enjoyed the experience.... More 

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Alachua, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2016

Hadn't visited the Hipp in many years since changing jobs. But recently some friends wanted to go see a play. So we went to see Honky Tonk Angels. I had forgotten how fun it was to go downtown for dinner and then to a play.

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