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Address: 25 SE 2nd Pl, Gainesville, FL 32601-6567
Phone Number: +1 352-375-4477
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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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Historic playhouse

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.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 September 2016
arlenecrews
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Plantation, Florida
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Plantation, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank arlenecrews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 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.

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Thank JHudsonGainesville
Ocala, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank Dianne B
Alachua, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Thank Jess E
Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles 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!

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Thank LoveUFLoveFLA
Wilmington, Delaware
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 .

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Thank jeffoe
Alachua, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2016

Hadn't visited the Hipp in many years since changing jobs. But recently some friends wanted to go see a play. So we went to see Honky Tonk Angels. I had forgotten how fun it was to go downtown for dinner and then to a play.

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Thank Debi414
Wesley Chapel, Florida
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2016

The theatre is located in an old historic post office building. The design of the seating and stage makes the audience feel like they are part of the show. We saw the recent production of Peter and the Starcatcher which was hilarious.

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Thank Superdieselp5
Inverness, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2015

A great old building, fun to look at, but it's even better to take in a performance. We saw the Snow Queen and it was captivating.

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