Hippodrome Theatre

25 SE 2nd Place, Gainesville, FL 32601 Map · Phone number
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About Hippodrome Theatre

The Hippodrome Theatre is Gainesville's premier wedding and event venue. The Hipp is one of the most romantic spots in all of Gainesville with enough historic charm and modern accents to make your event one-of-a-kind.

The Hippodrome Theatre lower level has an elegant, unique, and stylish atmosphere that provides a versatile backdrop for any and all events. The helpful and knowledgeable staff can accommodate your every need to make your event go as smoothly as you had hoped and planned it to be.

The lower level is kept at an affordable and reasonable price, while maintaining a high-end feel for all events. And the Hipp has a non-restrictive vendor policy, which is rare to find for a venue as magnificent as ours.

The Hipp's chic lower level is perfect and unique for your special event and our staff will make sure it is a success and full of memorable moments. Rent the Hipp today!

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7 Reviews for Hippodrome Theatre

Recommended by 91% of couples


4.5 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.5
  • Professionalism 4.6
  • Flexibility 4.6
  • Value 4.6
  • Average response time 4.4
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    Kristen · Married on 05/12/2018

    5.0
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    • Responsiveness:
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    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    The Hippodrome basement is a unique and exquisite venue to host a wedding reception. We were very impressed with Shaina’s communication throughout the planning process. It was easy to make changes to the layout and even our rental and set-up times. We chose to do a prepaid amount on the bar but unfortunately didn’t spend as much as we pre-paid for. We didn’t know that it was non-refundable until after we had paid. Lesson learned. My advice to future renters, start with a lower budget for the bar and work your way up so you’re not out $100 or more. We also would not recommend using their AV system as your only source of music for the night. We created a carefully timed spotify playlist in lieu of a DJ and deeply regret this decision. There were long periods of silence during the reception and we heard the same 5 songs more than 3 times each. After talking to the house manager/bartender about starting the music back up or changing a song, they would replay an already played song. Save yourself the disappointment and hire a DJ. These couple things aside, we would strongly recommend the Hippodrome’s basement for your next event. We highly recommend doing the "light" package and the GOBO. The blue lights and personalized decal made the night.

    Sent on 05/21/2018
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    Emily · Married on 03/10/2018

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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    This venue was absolutely amazing for our wedding reception on 3/10/18. The new rentals coordinator, Shaina, is extremely accommodating and sweet. We had a 4 hour reception plus 1 hour set up and 1 hour breakdown time (mandatory). The place is very reasonably priced, with the only downside being that you have to use their alcohol (ended up spending more here than on the actual venue - ~$1900) because of it being a government owned building. However, the bartender had great service throughout the night. The venue had a built in sound system and projection screens as part of their AV package, which both worked beautifully. Their lighting package with the wall washers is a neat effect too.
    We totaled at 108 guests and the venue was definitely at its limit. They can seat up to 120 but that would get very crowded. Everyone had an amazing time and we would highly recommend this place to anyone.

    Sent on 03/12/2018
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    Meredith · Married on 04/09/2011

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    My husband and I had our wedding reception in the Hippodrome basement in April of 2011. We LOVED the location--close access to downtown, it's beautiful in pictures and it was great environment for a reception! The rental coordinator helped us through-out the planning process, and was very kind and knowledgeable. We HIGHLY recommend working with the Hippodrome :) You won't regret it!

    Sent on 07/18/2011

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Hippodrome Theatre FAQ

  • 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? $ 525.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season? $ 525.00
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue? Yes
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service? Bartender(s)
  • What is the maximum capacity of your venue? 200
  • What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue? 0
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer? 3
  • Describe your venue: Historic Building
  • What kind of settings are available? Indoor
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service? Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party, Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer? Bar Services, Clean Up, Lighting / Sound, Outside Vendors, Set Up
  • What bar services do you provide? Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Liquor, House Wine, Limited Bar, Liquor License, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Drink, Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
  • What food and beverage items are available? Linens
  • What transportation and access is available? Wheelchair Access

1 Wedding Deal & Discount

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    Receive up to 30% off your facility rental when you book group tickets to a Mainstage production!
    Make it an event to remember! Rent a facility at the Hippodrome Theatre and book tickets to a Hippodrome Theatre Mainstage performance for before or after your event. You can receive up to a 30% discount on your total rental cost for booking group tickets!Groups of 10-75 receive a 10% dicount; groups of 76-150 receive a 20% discount; groups of 151+ receive a 30% discount.

Professional Network & Endorsements

2 Endorsements

  • Kara Winslow Makeup Artist
    Kara Winslow Makeup Artist Wedding Hair & Makeup

    The Hippodrome is an amazing place to get married. Whether you are having your rehearsal dinner there, the ceremony or the reception you can't ask for a more magical location. The facility is beautiful. The staff is nice and very helpful. It's a great location being in the heart of downtown with the Hampton Inn in walking distance. I can't think of a better place to get married.

  • Verve Studio Photography
    Verve Studio Photography Wedding Photographers

    After having photographed a wedding at the Hippodrome recently I can say it is one of the most charming locations in the Central Florida area! I love the drama and the historic charm of the building itself... but inside are tucked some utterly fabulous locations for great images. Like a vintage metal screen elevator, hollywood style dressing room filled with a hundred lightbulbs and walls of mirrors. And the location is perfect for popping outside for some amazing downtown images as well as access to several ceremony locations and a large hotel for guests within walking distance.

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  • 25 SE 2nd Place Gainesville, 32601 See on map
    3523735968 (Phone number)

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