Special Events

Along with theatre productions and films, the Hippodrome also hosts music performances, fundraisers, karaoke nights and other special events.

Many of these events are organized by outside organizations. Learn how to hold a public event at the Hipp by contacting our Public Programs Director at rentals@thehipp.org.

Current Events

One City, One Story

This fall, the Hippodrome is partnering with UF School of Theatre + Dance to bring to life George Orwell’s “1984.”

As a part of this theatrical adaptation, we are spearheading a community-wide read and conversation initiative called “One City, One Story,” which begs the question: “What if an entire community read the same book at the same time?”

Here’s what we think will happen: We’ll feel a common connection to our neighbors. We’ll ask ourselves important questions about the importance of truth, uncomformity and independence. We’ll be more willing to listen to others, and more open to starting conversations.

“One City, One Story” was first presented at the Hippodrome in 2002 in conjunction with our production of “The Diary of Anne Frank.” Fifteen years later, Gainesville’s One City, One Story project will bring the community together again through a variety events in late August and early September:


Aug. 24 | Drinks + Dystopia: A Hipp Book Club

6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m .| Hippodrome Basement  

A celebration for book lovers presented in collaboration with the Alachua County Library District.

Aug. 25 | Auditions for readings of “1984”

4 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Hippodrome Rehearsal Space

Are passionate about literature or the performing arts? Come join the Hippodrome team and audition to participate in community-wide readings of “1984” in September.

Aug. 30 | Stars on the Steps

5:30 p.m. | Hippodrome Front Steps

Community reading of “1984.” Gather with your fellow citizens (Harvey Ward, Keith Watson, Rob Rush and more!) on the steps of the Hippodrome to read dramatic excerpts from the novel.


Sept. 1 | OPENING NIGHT of “1984”  at the Hippodrome Theatre

8 p.m. | The Hippodrome Theatre

Tickets at thehipp.org and at the box office at (352)375-4477.

Sept. 8 | “1984” Through the Lens of the Teen Ensemble

4 p.m. | Porters Rec Center 

The Hippodrome Teen Ensemble will participate in a workshop for kids at the Porters Recreation Center. There, they will explore “1984,” filtering it through their experiences with today’s social media platforms.  Keep an eye out for more dates to come!

Sept. 10 | Actor Talkback

4 p.m., after the Sunday matinee | Mainstage of the Hippodrome Theatre

Hear the backstage stories and learn how the actors, directors and designers make the magic happen onstage.

Sept. 12 | “1984”: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow      

2:30 p.m. | Brookdale

Join the Hippodrome for a reading and discussion of themes in the novel from multi-generational perspectives.

Sept. 12 | Orwell’s Future; Our Present: A Talkback with Alex Woloch

9 p.m. | Mainstage of the Hippodrome Theatre

Attend a fascinating lecture with Alex Woloch, Professor and Chair of the Department of English at Stanford University and an Orwellian scholar, after the 7 p.m. performance of “1984.” He will discuss Orwell’s framework as a writer and his relevance in the contemporary political movement.

Sept. 14 | “1984”: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow      

3 p.m. | Oak Hammock                     

Join the Hippodrome for a reading and discussion of themes in the novel from multi-generational perspectives.

Sept. 15 | “1984”: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow      

4 p.m. | Alachua County Library (HQ branch in Downtown Gainesville)     

Join the Hippodrome for a reading and discussion of themes in the novel from multi-generational perspectives

Sept. 18 | The Reality of Fake News In Our Orwellian World: A Panel Discussion

7 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. | Hippodrome Cinema       

Join a panel of UF’s distinguished journalism faculty to discuss contemporary journalism as it relates to Orwell’s depiction of media manipulation.

Panel Participants include:

Mike Foley: Master Lecturer: Hugh Cunningham Professor in Journalism Excellence College of Journalism and Communications University of Florida

Kim Walsh-Childers: Professor College of Journalism and Communications University of Florida

Andrew Selepak: Director, MAMC Social Media College of Journalism and Communications University of Florida


“1984” garnered media interest after skyrocketing to the no.1 spot on Amazon’s bestsellers list in mid-January of this year. The following week, it clinched the top slot on USA Today’s bestsellers list, marking a rare occasion of sorts – only two other classic novels have ever been no.1 since the list began in 1993.

One City, One Story demonstrates the value of community, and we hope you will join us in celebrating ours.

Karaoke at the Hippodrome

Sept. 22 | 8:30 p.m. – midnight

Come to the Hipp to belt out your favorite songs with us — we’re bringing karaoke back to the basement Sept. 22!

Have fun with your friends at the Hipp during this FREE event. If you’re fearless, you can head right up to belt out your favorite lyrics. And for everyone else, we’ll keep our bartender pouring drinks if you need a dose of liquid courage.

It’s time to mark your calendars, Gainesville. Our doors will be open at 8:30 p.m., and you can sing Madonna and Prince all the way until midnight.