For theatre lovers and history buffs alike, Gainesville’s Hippodrome is a haven for all things art—and whether you’re looking for a date night out or a fun activity with friends, it’s the place to be! Just read on as we explore this beloved Gainesville gem.
Inside the historic Hippodrome
The Hippodrome has been a part of Downtown Gainesville since the early 1900s, and you can still admire the traditional turn-of-the-century architecture in its façade today. Of course, The Hippodrome wasn’t always a haven for the arts—back then, it was simply a courthouse and post office. This beloved cultural landmark, part of the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, has come a long way in serving as a central hub of arts and theatre in Gainesville, and still serves as a point of intrigue for history buffs across the state.
As a one-of-a-kind venue for live theatre performances, The Hippodrome is always abuzz with something new. Each year, it puts on at least eight professional productions, from an extended-run musical to holiday shows and more! The Hippodrome’s unique setting lends a lively, welcoming atmosphere to any show you attend—just visit the theatre website to plan your next visit.
A new kind of movie experience
In addition to live theatre, The Hippodrome is also a go-to destination for film buffs who want to experience the movies in a new, exciting way. If there’s an independent film you want to see, an insightful documentary, or perhaps a much-buzzed-about movie or Golden Age classic, this is the place to be. There are also film festivals and other special events throughout the year, making this Gainesville gem a center of film culture for our region and beyond. (For a fun Valentine’s Day gift, you can even pick up a Date Night Pass for the ultimate night out.)
Everyday art at the heart of Downtown Gainesville
Another eye-catching element of The Hippodrome is its commitment to art as part of our everyday lives. On your visit, you can check out the current exhibit to discover one-of-a-kind artworks in an inviting atmosphere. Maybe you’ll be inspired to embark upon a project of your own!
For the perfect day out…
For the perfect day out, why not pair a visit to The Hippodrome with a day of fun and food throughout Downtown? Turn the traditional “dinner and a show” to “brunch and a show” (… and much more!). It all starts with a fuel-up trip to Peach Valley Gainesville, where you can enjoy Orchard Fresh Apple Fritters, Very Berry Stuffed French Toast and other go-to brunch favorites to begin your day with flavorful flair. We look forward to seeing you soon!