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The Hippodrome State Theatre
Ranked #1 of 13 Fun & Games in Gainesville
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 29 April 2012

Great, intimate setting for well produced stage works! Their comedies are hysterical. Fabulous sets, great actors, always fun.

Thank Justin C
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Reviewed 28 April 2012

Hard to believe this little place is really in Gainesville. We have been going, on a subscription, for almost three years now and only one production was a clunker (Dracula if you must know).

The theater is intimate yet professional, with lighting and sound capabilities which put larger theaters to shame. But the staging is magnificent ... possibly better than any Broadway or West End production, on a consistent basis. It is amazing what they can do with that stage and how the entire theater transforms itself into a different venue for every production.

And the acting retinue is as superb as it gets. Loaded with theater educators (two universities in town), advanced students and a very competent handful of Equity talent who pass through, there has never, ever, been any personal performance which was below a 9 on the scale (not Yelp's 1-5 scale, but the usual 1-10), and the 9s are few and far between.

And the house staff i actually over competent. They treat us season ticket holders like last century, and that is a good thing. Forget your tickets? no problem, they can quickly verify and give you passes. End up being out of town on "your" night? no problem, when do you want to come and we'll hold the new tickets at the front door. Fast, friendly, flexible, efficient and probably a few more superlative adjectives.

Can't believe they do not fill the house for every performance. So go, you can get seats.

Thank Kairho1
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Reviewed 15 April 2012

The last play we saw there was "A Christmas Carol" and it was an absolute delight. I think maybe we'll just go see it again this year.

Thank rodneytherock
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Reviewed 8 April 2012

this is a fabulous, fun, unique cinema and theater
great movies in an intimate cinema - often with talkbacks and discussions relevant to the topic
affordable drinks and popcorn including beers and wine
the theater is intimate also - a beautiful wood paneled room with the stage and the actors right there
the productions are always first rate with innovative, interesting twists on everything from costumes and sets to interpretations
opening nights are the a blast with food from local restaurants
the art gallery features local artists and i always look forward to visiting before or after a show or film

Thank Elenem
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Reviewed 30 March 2012

Plays are first-class here. Holds about 288. Downstairs theatre shows foreign and art / offbeat films. Art gallery in lobby. Bar has drinks. In the heart of downtown GNV. Drop by.

Thank JFGainesville
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