About the Hipp’s Community Events

Come see what the Hipp has to offer on our second stage and Lower Level! Second stage programming includes different series and events such as our Jazz Series, improv comedy nights, concerts, swing dance classes, open mic sessions and much more. Something fun is always happening at the Hipp!

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Upcoming Community Events

Improv Comedy Night

Wednesday, January 22

Doors @ 7:30 p.m.

Show @ 8 p.m.

Our popular Improv Comedy Night is back again. Join us as Gainesville’s premier Improv teams take over the Hipp Cinema!

Don’t miss Gainesville’s MUST SEE comedy teams: Duck Duck Truck, Fire Auntz and House of Glory! 

Sip and Stroll: Tour of the Hippodrome Theatre

Sunday, January 26 @ 4 p.m.

The Hippodrome Theatre is proud to present Sip and Stroll: A Behind the Scenes Building Tour of the Hipp. this exclusive tour will be on Sunday, January 26 at 4 p.m. Admission includes one free drink!

This tour gives you access to the sights and secrets of the Hipp that are normally off-limits to the public. This is your chance to get a glimpse behind the scenes of one of the most historic buildings in town!

Naathan Phan: Real Funny Magic

Sunday, February 9 @ 6 p.m.

Naathan Phan’s “Real. Funny. Magic.” show is a 90-minute family-friendly show consisting of a unique blend of magic, comedy, theatrical storytelling, singing, improvisation and celebrity impressions. 

Naathan is an award-winning entertainer who has headlined stages across the globe, has been featured on national television networks including NBC, Syfy, the CW, and Comedy Central and is a regular performer at the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood!

VIP tickets include front-row seats to the show, a signed poster and a Meet & Greet with Naathan Phan after the show!

Andrew Finn Magill: Canta, Violino!

Tuesday, February 11 @ 7:30 p.m.

For twenty years, Andrew Finn Magill has been pursuing parallel careers in traditional Irish music, Brazilian choro, jazz and American fiddle and he has performed with everyone from Grammy-nominees Trio Brasileiro to Rising Appalachia.

Released on Ropeadope Records in 2018, Canta, Violino! is Magill's Brazilian music-inspired project that traverses samba, choro, Música Popular, Brasileira and more.

The Golem of Prague
an Opera in Three Acts

March 28 & 29
April 3 & 4

Join the UF Opera Theatre and the Ocala Symphony Orchestra for the world-premiere of Paul Richard’s The Golem of Prague at the historic Hippodrome State Theatre.  

Based on the legend of the Golem, a clay creature brought to life to defend the Jewish ghetto in 16th-century Prague, the story features beautiful singing, haunting melodies, a powerful orchestra, and a supernatural experience. .

Community Events @ The Hipp

Come see what the Hipp has to offer on our second stage! Second stage programming includes different series and events such as our Jazz Series, Improv Comedy Night, swing dance classes, open mic sessions, and salsa dance classes.

For the first time this year, the Hippodrome has added a season of staged readings to complement the work being produced on the Mainstage. The mission of the 10-installment season is to feature plays that deserve to be seen and explored by the community, but may not be able to sustain a run in our Mainstage season. The series will feature new works, up-and-coming playwrights, local playwrights, and challenging content, and will strive to highlight the voices of under-represented groups within the North Florida community and the theatrical community at large. Fifty percent of this first season’s offerings are new works.