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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.


by James Ijames

Directed by Ryan Hope Travis

March 29-April 14; Previews March 27-28

When a major museum seeks to showcase diverse voices in its next exhibition, Gus, an artist, enlists Vanessa’s help to create an audacious new artistic persona of color to get him in the show.  From there it all spins out of control in this modern comedy, exploring white privilege, racial politics and the fine line between appropriation and opportunity.

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.

Sip n' Stroll - Historic Building Tour

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

The Hippodrome Theatre’s 51st season EMPOWER delivers a powerful lineup of stories showcasing strength, perseverance, and empowerment, including the brilliant, foul-mouthed women trying to save the world in  “POTUS: or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive”,  the guys holding the holiday together through teamwork in the return of  “The Ultimate Christmas Show (ABRIDGED)”. Scrooge finds his heart in our holiday tradition “A Christmas Carol”, a family struggles through the complexities of mental health in the Tony Award-winning musical “Next to Normal“, and two artists challenge societal norms in the modern comedy “White”. And as always, stay tuned for our summer musical announcement, which promises to be an exciting addition to an already incredible lineup.

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.

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