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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Recommended by 91% of couples
Kristen · Married on 05/12/2018
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
Emily · Married on 03/10/2018
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.Sent on 03/12/2018
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.
Meredith · Married on 04/09/2011
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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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.
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.