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Address: 25 SE 2nd Pl, Gainesville, FL 32601-6567
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The Hippodrome State Theatre is the architectural centerpiece of...

The Hippodrome State Theatre is the architectural centerpiece of Gainesville's Historic downtown and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The main stage theatre features the work of award-winning thespians and presents some of the best theatre in the country. The Hippodrome also houses a visual arts gallery, a cinema featuring first run artistic and foreign films, and a full service bar.

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Amazing Community Theatre and Arts Complex

This former 1911 Federal Courthouse and Post Office Building has been amazingly and lovingly repurposed and maintained as a community theatre and multi-use complex. Incredible... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
New Mexico
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New Mexico
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120 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This former 1911 Federal Courthouse and Post Office Building has been amazingly and lovingly repurposed and maintained as a community theatre and multi-use complex. Incredible that the Gainesville community came together in 1973 to ensure the survival of this beautiful historic building. The main floor houses a movie theatre which shows primarily foreign, art, and historically important films. The second... More 

Thank HausSitter
Lakeland, Florida
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Reviewed 14 January 2017

I have seen 4 productions at the HIppadrome in Gainesville and have never been disappointed! They are an equity house, but also utilize University of Florida students and local talent. Every aspect of the production is top notch! The intimacy of the small house is a wonderful experience, and the staff is friendly and helpful. BRAVO!!

Thank Susie P
Silver Springs, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2016

We had been traveling out-of-state recently and had not attended any cultural activities. on our return, we wanted to attend a theater production. Looking at various venues, the Christmas production of "The Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged)" caught our eye. The synopsis sounded really good, so we decided to make reservations and drive to The Hipp for the show. What a... More 

Thank HoopFL
Plantation, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

We always enjoy coming here . Not a bad seat in the house. Shows are always enjoyable . Historic building is amazing . Take the very old elevator.

Thank arlenecrews
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Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

The building is Gainesville's old post office, but this is do much more. The basement can be rented for small gatherings, the first floor is an art gallery, bar and movie theater and the third floor is the main theater. Funky productions, foreign films and speaking programs dominate the agenda. The Holiday productions are not to be missed.

Thank John H
Ocala, Florida
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Reviewed 22 June 2016

We attend this theater regularly, being a season ticket holder for the past 3 years. Most plays are good. This past one Toxic Avenger, was exceptional. Highly recommended for anyone wishing for a laugh and pleasant evening. The show is full of energy and moves fast. Never a boring moment. A very creative and interesting mix of theatrical elements.

Thank Dianne B
Alachua, Florida
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Reviewed 3 June 2016

I'm a huge HIPP fan and have had season tickets for going on two decades. Saw the preview of Toxic Avenger last night. WOW. Possibly the best musical they've done, (and they're always super.) Outstanding talent and energy, with costume changes that remind me of a Broadway show. Fast moving and entertaining. The music was written by a Bon Jovi... More 

Thank Jess E
Gainesville, Florida
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Reviewed 14 April 2016 via mobile

I absolutely LOVE the HIPP. We've been several times and it is always a fantastic experience. We've been as couples, friends, and as a family! Beautiful venue and excellent talent is brought in for shows!

Thank LoveUFLoveFLA
Wilmington, Delaware
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2016

You can rent basement room here for any occasion . It was very nice , location is quaint town and handicap accessible . Recommend highly .

Thank Corine S
Gainesville, Florida
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Reviewed 17 March 2016 via mobile

Went for our first performance last week, and wish we'd gone sooner. Very neat experience to see live theater in such an up close environment. There isn't a bad seat in the house, and you're close enough that you feel as if you're part of the action. We saw Women in Jeopardy with friends, and we really enjoyed the experience.... More 

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