The Hippodrome Theatre is Gainesville's premier location for the performing arts. The theater was opened in 1972 by six local artists who wanted to bring contemporary theater to the area.
The uniquely named theatre started out in an old hardware store's building, but in 1979 had expanded enough to move into the historic Federal Building. The classic and detailed architecture of the new building was much more suited to the creativity going on inside.
Many world famous playwrights such as Tennessee Williams and Paula Vogel have created new works on the Hippodrome stage. The venue offers everything from Broadway productions to small off-off Broadway shows.
The Hippodrome also houses a cinema screen and a rotating art gallery available for local artists to show their work.
Aspiring artists can also take summer classes and train in performance and behind the scenes work like production, directing and technical theater. Internships are also available for participating colleges across the nation.