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Historic Buildings come with Historic Challenges.

The Hippodrome’s historic elevator will not be available during the run of our holiday shows. While we work with city officials to find a permanent solution, we will be offering a simulcast in the Hipp Cinema for select performances.

If this impacts your ability to see the show, please contact the box office to arrange the best accommodations. Contact us at or 352-375-4477. Box Office is open Wed-Sun from 12 to 5 or the latest show time.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Music and Lyrics by William Finn

Book by Rachel Sheinkin

May 31 to July 21; Preview: May 29-30

This show is a riotous ride, complete with audience participation and a delightful den of comedic genius. Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, this fabulous musical features a fast-paced, wildly funny, and touching story and a truly fresh and vibrant score and this bee is one unforgettable experience.

Igniting the night with stories – that is the Hippodrome’s 52nd Season.  We are proud to bring to our community a season full of passion, joy, curiosity, challenge, and change. We will challenge the status quo in the perfectly balanced sitcom-esq Perfect Arrangement, and take a deep and passionate dive into the document that founded our nation in What The Constitution Means To Me.  We will look for joy through the little things in our lives in Every Brilliant Thing, and two-step the night away with those fabulous gals from the Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular.  No holiday would be complete without our traditional journey with Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, and we will explore art, mayhem, and tricky family dynamics in the  brand-new comedy out of Miami, Laughs in Spanish.  In the spring, straight from New York and in one of the most produced shows in regional theater this year, we will find our passion with the characters in Clyde’s as they search for the perfect sandwich in this raucous and startling comedy. And as always, we will reveal our Summer Musical later in the season, one that will be sure to take you on a joyous ride.

Education Programs

The Hippodrome's Education Department offers programming that supports arts education for all levels of experience.


The Hippodrome is on the National Registry of Historic Places and offers affordable rates for events of all sizes.

Our Cinema

As the only independent cinema in Gainesville, our cinema screens a diverse array of commercial and independent movies, special screenings and film festivals.

Sip n' Stroll - Historic Building Tour

Join us for a Sip and Stroll, an exclusive behind-the-scenes building tour of the Hippodrome Theatre. 

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