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 Stacie Danahy at rentals@thehipp.org.


Race – The Power of an Illusion
Film/discussion Series

Co-sponsored by the Racial Justice Task Force of the United Church of Gainesville, the Alachua County NAACP, the City Redevelopment Agency and Equal Opportunity office, and the Hippodrome Theatre, this three part film and discussion series exploring issues of race and institutionalized racism is free and open to the public.

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Love Letters


Southern Legal Counsel is presenting “Love Letters,” by A.R. Gurney at the Hippodrome Theatre on Monday, October 24, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. “Love Letters” is a staged reading featuring two of Gainesville’s beloved actors, Nell Page and Kevin Rainsberger. “Love Letters” was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It centers on two characters who discuss their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats, that have passed between them throughout their separated lives. The fundraising event will include a pre-show reception and Silent Auction beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Hippodrome Basement. The “Love Letters” performance will begin on Mainstage at 6:30pm following the reception.

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All Things Elections:  Debate Watch Party Series at the Hipp



Join the Hippodrome to watch the presidential debates leading up to our 2016 election party Nov. 8!  We’ll be opening our cinema space up to the public for this can’t-miss series.  All watch parties are free to attend.

Blaze through the presidential campaign trails with a drink in your hand.  We’ll open our bar 30 minutes before the watch parties begin — being sure to serve some Americana-themed Hipp specials.  Grab your friends and a cocktail to enjoy this politically charged event (that’s all in good fun!).