Hippodrome Theatre’s 50th Birthday Celebration

Press release from Hippodrome Theatre

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Hippodrome is pleased to announce its upcoming celebration in honor of the theater’s rich history, vibrant present, and exciting future. The event will take place on Saturday, April 15 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm, and visitors will have the opportunity to explore the various areas of the building, gaining a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of this iconic venue.

The Hippodrome’s Open House will feature an array of exciting activities for visitors of all ages. Local organizations and community partners will perform interactive vignettes around the grounds, offering a chance to meet local artists and organizations while participating in fun activities.

Visitors can also embark on a scavenger hunt throughout the building, exploring each area dedicated to showcasing the theater’s history, engaging with its current programming, or imagining its future. On the first floor, a photography exhibit of past shows and the transformation of the building facade and interior will be held in the Main Gallery. In the cinema, visitors can sit back and relax while enjoying short films or vintage pictures.

On the second floor, the theatre production team will offer visitors a behind-the-scenes look at creating theater on the main stage, while on the third floor, visitors can learn how to create amazing, magical costumes on a small budget in the costume shop, peek into the rehearsal room, and even star in an improv show! The Development Office will also be offering birthday cake and prizes for the scavenger hunt.

After exploring the Hippodrome, visitors are invited to join us in the basement for live music and a chance to catch up with old and new friends. The bar will be open to serve classic Hippodrome cocktails and other drinks, and members of the Hippodrome staff will be available to answer any questions about the theater’s history, current operation, and upcoming shows.

Don’t miss this exciting celebration of the Hippodrome’s Past, Present, and Future! Join us on April 15 for a day of exploration and fun.