HELP THE HIPP!
To keep Gainesville a place full of wonderful cultural and artistic experiences in the months and years to come, please consider helping the Hippodrome in this delicate time pay its staff and mount our summer musical, Rock of Ages!
There are many ways to help, including purchasing packages of season subscriptions or flex passes, or buying gift cards for friends and family; as always, donations at any level are deeply appreciated, and especially welcome during this uncertain time.
Just choose the button below that's right for you.
And if you haven't already, be sure to check out our upcoming 20/21 Season, full of amazing theater offered year-round!
2020-21 Season Schedule
Join us for our 2020-2021 season, Remember & Reimagine.
Shows begin August 2020.
View the entire lineup of exciting plays, readings, and musicals!
Rock of Ages
In this Tony-nominated Musical, it’s Hollywood…in 1987! What can save the iconic Bourbon Room? A seriously silly tribute to classic rock! Featuring beloved 80’s hits! A blend of sincere conviction and nostalgic parody.
Here at the Hippodrome Theatre, we value the wellbeing of our patrons, artists, and staff above anything else.
Due to the outbreak of Covid-19, all Hippodrome programming has been suspended until mid-May 2020.
Our physical Box Office is closed, and our staff is restricted, but it is very easy with our new ticketing system to purchase tickets online.
We have just announced our 20/21 Season, and our production of Rock of Ages is still set to open in June 2020!
Follow us on social media to learn all about what's happening at the Hipp until we open our doors again in May!
Please stay safe and healthy, and thank you so much for your continued loyal support of the Hippodrome.
Education @ The Hipp
Our educational programming welcomes people of all ages. Theater camps and classes for children ages 5-17 are offered year-round in a supportive, non-competitive environment. Adult education offerings take place throughout the fall and spring, and range from Improv for Business to behind-the-scenes Observer-ships of mainstage productions. Educational programming also takes place outside the walls of the Hippodrome at regional high schools and juvenile justice facilities through our internationally-acclaimed HITT program.
Gallery @ The Hipp
Our art gallery houses the work of artists from Gainesville and from other parts of North Florida. The Hippodrome Art Gallery showcases art from the community in eight exhibitions annually. Gallery exhibits feature photography, paintings, fine art photography, glass art, sculpture and other types of visual art. Stop by the gallery on the first floor of the Hipp to see some of the great installations we have on display.
Events @ The Hipp
Our community events endeavor not only to engage members of our community that don’t typically attend mainstage productions, but work to reflect the diverse nature of our community. The Hipp’s community event space features regular Jazz Nights, Swing Dance Classes, Improv Nights, Open Mic sessions, and Salsa Dance Classes.
Built in 1911, the Hippodrome’s permanent home, the Old Federal Building, is the centerpiece and symbol of the city of Gainesville’s historic downtown district. In 1979, with a Challenge Grant from the NEA, the Hippodrome restored and converted the facility, finally moving in and officially opening with Elephant Man in 1982. The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.
Today, the Hippodrome is a 24,800 square foot multi-functional professional theatre complex housing a 268 seat thrust-stage Mainstage, rehearsal hall, costume and scene shop, a 75 seat second stage/digital cinema, art gallery, administrative offices, and more.