Alternate Access Theatre

The former federal building,  a cornerstone of cultural heritage in Downtown Gainesville since 1911, is facing a significant challenge as its 112-year-old elevator has reached the end of its life and has been permanently closed. The aging elevator has always presented a unique challenge due to the building’s layout, with the main stage situated on the second floor and rehearsal rooms, offices, and the costume shop on the third. Learn More

To ensure continued accessibility to live theatre experiences while awaiting the installation of a new elevator, the Hippodrome is introducing an initiative—“Alternate Access Theatre.” This program will provide an inclusive and accessible theatrical experience for all patrons. Performances will be adapted to take place on our 2nd Stage/Hipp Cinema, located on the first floor, accommodating individuals requiring elevator access or extra assistance with stairs.

Alternate Access Theatre

Each show will feature one or more performances in the cinema, with adaptations made to fit the more intimate space while maintaining the high performance quality you have come to expect from the Hippodrome Theatre.

The performances will take place in the Cinema/2nd Stage located on the 1st Floor of the Hippodrome Theatre and include: 

  • 4 Accessible Seats (spaces specifically designed for wheelchairs)
  • 4 Designated Aisle Seats (with retractable or removable armrests)

Our 1st floor is wheelchair accessible and equipped with ADA-compliant restrooms.

Upcoming Shows

Next to Normal

Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey and Music by Tom Kitt

Alternate Access Theatre February 24-25

Get ready for an emotional rollercoaster ride with “Next to Normal”, the groundbreaking Tony Award-winning musical that explores the highs and lows of a modern-day family struggling with mental illness. With an electrifying rock score and heart-wrenching lyrics, this Tony Award-winning show will leave you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. 

Alternate Access Theatre:
“Next to Normal” will be presented as a staged concert-style show.

  • Saturday, February 24, 2024 at 2 p.m. (Talkback after show) – Tickets HERE
  • Saturday, February 24, 2024 at 8 p.m. Sensory Friendly Performance –  More Information/Tickets HERE
  • Sunday, February 24, 2024 at 2 p.m. – Tickets HERE

Please contact our Box Office to make a reservation. (352) 375-4477 or

Sensory Friendly Performances – Pilot Project
The Hippodrome is proud to launch a Sensory Friendly performance of Next To Normal that is designed to be welcoming to individuals with various sensory needs, such as those on the autism spectrum or those who identify as neurodivergent.

More information here

ONE SHOW ONLY!!! Saturday, February 24, 2024 at 8 p.m. 

Please contact our Box Office to make a reservation. (352) 375-4477 or



by James Ijames

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.

Showtimes for Alternate Access Theatre:
“White” will be presented with adaptions to fit the smaller stage. 

Sunday, April 14, 2024 at 7 p.m.

Please contact our Box Office to make a reservation. (352) 375-4477 or

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