Waco Arts Scene Is Alive and Flourishing

Hippodrome Theatre Claims its Fam

On Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 07:30


With a stellar lineup of Broadway shows at Waco’s historic Hippodrome Theatre, classical-music concerts, and an abundance of galleries and museums, it’s clear this part of central Texas has a heart for the arts.

The Broadway lineup produced very strong season ticket sales, evidence of the Hippodrome’s resurgence that has been guided by the Waco Performing Arts Co., which operates the theater.

Restoration of the 94-year-old structure is ongoing. “The best thing we can do to honor the history of the Hippodrome is to keep people coming in the doors for the same purposes the building was originally designed for – live theatrical performances,” says Scott Baker, executive director of the Waco Performing Arts Co.

Another performing-arts venue is Waco Hall on the Baylor University Campus. The city also has the Waco Civic Theatre, Lyric Opera, Mayborn Museum, Art Center Waco, Texas Ranger Museum, Dr Pepper Museum, Texas Sports Hall of Fame and Cameron Park Zoo.

Outside Waco, cultural attractions include the Bosque Conservatory in Clifton, Old Fort Parker State Historical Park in Limestone County and Texas Heritage Museum in Hillsboro.