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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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Best use of a Post Office ever!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
JHudsonGainesville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 stars 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 

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars 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 stars 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 stars 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 stars 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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Thank Debi414
Wesley Chapel, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2016

The theatre is located in an old historic post office building. The design of the seating and stage makes the audience feel like they are part of the show. We saw the recent production of Peter and the Starcatcher which was hilarious.

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Inverness, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

A great old building, fun to look at, but it's even better to take in a performance. We saw the Snow Queen and it was captivating.

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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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