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Reception
$7,500 starting price
Ceremony
$2,000 starting price
Bar service
$30 per person
Reception
$7,500 starting price
Ceremony
$2,000 starting price
Bar service
$30 per person

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A Historic Space For Your Historic Day

The M&T Bank Exchange at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center is a newly renovated historic venue located in the heart of Charm City with a flexible, state-of-the-art experience that provides a unique, exciting, and unmatched setting for your wedding. Set the stage for your special day by asking about renting the M&T Bank Exchange in combination with the legendary Hippodrome Theatre. Let us make you feel like the star of the show!

Facilities and Capacity

When celebrating your wedding at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, you and your loved ones will be in for a one-of-a-kind experience. Just like the several famous names, you and the love of your life can take center stage to exchange your heartfelt vows. Afterward, you can entertain your guests in style at one of our many reception areas at the M&T Bank Exchange. The spectacular, brand-new space features:

  • The addition of two new steel balconies

  • Preserved historic ceiling and windows with modern nods to the history of the building

  • A 26x14-foot HD video screen

  • A seating mechanism that rolls out electronically with theatrical seating – can accommodate 280 people on the first floor

  • State-of-the-art lighting and sound equipment

  • Brand new lobby with crystal chandeliers that can act as a separate event space

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Frequently asked questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$7,500

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$7,500

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$2,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$2,000

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
Clean Up
Lighting/Sound
Tables

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$30

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
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Reviews of France-Merrick PAC-M&T Bank Exchange/Hippodrome Theatre

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4.9 out of 5 rating
4.9 out of 5 rating
10 Reviews
98% recommend it
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    5 out of 5 rating
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    5 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
    4.9 out of 5 rating
  • Value
    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    5 out of 5 rating
Weddingwire
4.9/5 10 reviews
Google
5/5 2 reviews
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Jennifer Sent on 12/02/2012
5 out of 5 rating
WOW!!!!!! I don't even know where to start other than our wedding was a dream come true at the Hippodrome Theatre! Everyone was so easy to work with and were open to everything we asked them to do! Our guests felt comfortable and so many guests have told us this was the best wedding they have every been to. My husband and I literally had the entire Theatre to ourselves the day of our wedding and me and my girls were able to get ready in the Star Dressing Room while my husband and his boys were in the VIP Lounge. The entire day and night we were both catered to in order to ensure that this was the day we both imagined. We were married on stage and had our reception which was just breath taking was on stage as well! We now feel like a part of the Hippodrome Family and we are just so happy we choose to get married and have our reception there!
Holly
Holly Sent on 06/13/2012
5 out of 5 rating
Everything was absolutely spectacular!!! We fell in love with the Hippodrome the moment we toured the facility and the day of our wedding it was everything we dreamed of and more!!! Thank you!!!
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Sophia Sent on 10/05/2011
5 out of 5 rating
Kim was our coordinator and catering contact. She was beyond helpful, she gave us ideas on how to go about the reception, lists of vendors which we used and were awesome (bakery and dj). She was there the whole time on the day of and made sure everything ran smoothly. Her helpers maurice and jeff also brought a great sense of energy and fun to our reception. Kim was professional and helpful throughout the whole process, even working to meet our budget needs!

The food was delicious!! I would definitely work with them again in the future for any events.
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Awards

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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2012 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2011 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2010 Winner

Professional Network & Endorsements

5 Endorsements
Vintage Ivy Events Vintage Ivy Events Wedding Planners

Beautiful venue! Great Services!

Jackson Photography Jackson Photography Wedding Photographers

The Hippodrome space is so unique! Being a theatre, there are so many visual opportunities that no other venue can offer and they have a good-sized ballroom as well. Kim Dorgan, their event manager is terrific! I highly recommend the Hippodrome for your next "production".

Calligraphy by Angela Calligraphy by Angela Wedding Invitations

I recommend the services of Hippodrome Theatre at The France-Merric Performing Arts Center to make your Wedding Day that very special day you always wanted,that will be remembered and cherished by you and all your guests for many years to come. ~~ Angela Neik, www.calligraphybyangela.com Dallas Calligrapher

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