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Originally built in 1914, the 2,248-seat renovated Hippodrome Theatre brings the best of touring Broadway and Music to Baltimore, in the heart of the Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment District.

Our theatre is rented for programming by various parties and we do not take part in content decisions or turn away clients based on the content they propose presenting. We understand that not everyone will find a show’s content appropriate for them and their guests and not everyone will choose to attend every show that is presented in our theatre.

SECURITY POLICY:

All persons and bags are subject to search. Sharp objects*, weapons and illegal contraband are not permitted into the venue. For your own safety, and that of all of our patrons, guests may be required to undergo electronic security screening at the entrances to the Theatre.

The items listed below, and any additional items that Theatre management determines could potentially distract from the audience’s safety and enjoyment, are prohibited items which will not be allowed inside the venue*. The Theatre reserves the right to eject or bar entry to patrons who have such prohibited items in their possession. No refunds will be given. For your convenience, please make other arrangements for these items before arriving. The Hippodrome Theatre no longer has a bag check. You will not be permitted to re-enter the venue once you leave.

Prohibited Items:

  • Cameras with external flash or interchangeable lenses (no professional photography without authorization)
  • AUDIO/ VIDEO RECORDING DEVICES
  • TRIPODS/ MONOPODS
  • LASER POINTERS
  • ILLEGAL DRUGS/SUBSTANCES
  • WEAPONS
  • CHEMICAL WEAPONS (INCLUDING MACE AND PEPPER SPRAY)
  • NOISE MAKING DEVICES
  • FIREWORKS
  • FLASHLIGHTS
  • OPTICAL ILLUSIONS
  • SIGNS/ FLAGS/ BANNERS
  • OUTSIDE FOOD OR BEVERAGE, INCLUDING ALCOHOL*
  • BACKPACKS OR OVERSIZED BAGS (OVER 14″ x 15″)*
  • BEACH BALLS OR PROJECTILES
  • SKATEBOARDS/SCOOTERS/ROLLER BLADES
  • CANS OR BOTTLES
  • PETS (SERVICE ANIMALS EXEMPT)
  • LAPTOPS/TABLETS
  • SELFIE STICKS
  • BALLOONS
  • DRONES

*Exceptions will be made for those with disabilities, medical requirements and/or special needs. Guests with specific/special dietary needs due to disabilities, medical conditions or special needs should contact Randy Kimble-Marvel by calling (410) 727-7787, ext 119 or by email prior to attending the event to arrange for reasonable accommodations.

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  • Orchestra
  • Grand Suites
  • Balcony
  • Accessible Seating

There is a drop-off zone located in front of the theatre on Eutaw Street.

Accessible Seating for wheelchair and limited mobility needs are available. Please specify your need for this seating when purchasing tickets. Patrons should purchase tickets a minimum of two weeks in advance of a performance by calling 410.752.7444. If you need assistance in the theatre, please find the closest volunteer usher or see someone at the Box Office.

Assisted Listening Devices amplify and clarify sound and are available at all performances. Infrared assistive listening systems are installed in the theatre and headsets may be used at any seat. Assisted Listening System headsets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Patrons may inquire at the Patron Services Window near the Box Office. A driver’s license or credit card identification must be left during the performance until the headset is returned.

Audio Description brings the theatrical experience to those who are blind or have low vision. Using a wireless headset, patrons can listen to a trained audio describer narrate the visual elements of the performance. Live Audio Description is available upon request for select performances throughout the season. These requests are subject to the availability of an interpreter and are provided at the discretion of management. Patrons should call the Box Office at 410.752.7444 at least two weeks prior to a performance. Audio Description services are provided by Maryland Arts Access.

American Sign Language interpreted performances are scheduled for the below dates and times. Due to high demand, it is advised to purchase as soon as possible. Additional performances may be available upon request at least 2 weeks prior to the performance. These requests are subject to the availability of seating and an interpreter and are provided at the discretion of management.

 

Call or email the Box Office accessibility line at 410.752.7444 or BaltimoreAccessiblity@broadwayacrossamerica.com for more information.

 

Aladdin:
Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 1pm

Jesus Christ Superstar:
Sunday, December 22, 2019 at 1pm

Cats:
Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 1pm

Wicked:
Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 1pm

The Band’s Visit:
Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 1pm

Summer:
Sunday, April 19, 2020 at 1pm

Dear Evan Hansen:
Sunday, May 10, 2020 at 1pm

Miss Saigon:
Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 1pm

Open Captioning is a text display located close to the stage that scrolls words in synchronization with the performance. Open captioning performances are scheduled for the below indicated dates and times. Patrons should call the Box Office at 410.752.7444 at least two weeks before a designated performance to make arrangements. Please note: Open Captioning seats are limited to left orchestra and it is advised to purchase as soon as possible due to limited to availability.

 

Call the Box Office accessibility line at 410.752.744 for more information.

Phantom of The Opera
Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 8pm
Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 8pm

Aladdin
Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 8pm
Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 8pm
Monday, November 25, 2019 at 8 pm

Jesus Christ Superstar
Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 8pm

Cats
Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 8pm

Wicked
Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 8pm
Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 8pm
Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 8pm
Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 8pm

The Bands Visit
Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 8pm

Summer
Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 8pm

Dear Evan Hansen
Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 8pm
Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 8pm

Miss Saigon:
Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 8pm

GalaPro opens the curtains to a universal cultural experience by delivering automated multilingual subtitles, closed captioning, dubbing, audio descriptions, and amplification to the user’s own mobile device. For more information, check out this helpful video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=39&v=NMYQK25ajrU

 

At this time, the following shows offer services through the GalaPro App:

 

Disney’s ALADDIN – English Closed Captions
CATS- English Closed Captions and Audio Description
THE BAND’S VISIT – English Closed Captions, Audio Description, Hebrew, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish translations
DEAR EVAN HANSEN – English Closed Captions
MISS SAIGON – English Closed Captions

Hippodrome Happy Hour

Front of Ciao Bella Restaurant

Ciao Bella Restaurant

236 S High St, Baltimore, MD 21202

410.685.7733

Cheese Pizza

Forno Restaurant and Wine Bar

17 North Eutaw Street Baltimore, MD 21201

443.873.9427

*WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE!

+Part of our Subscriber Discount Program. See more

Mini Crab Cakes

Frank and Nic’s West End Grille

511 W. Pratt Street (next to Camden Yards at the Zenith) Baltimore, MD 21201

410.685.6800

+Part of our Subscriber Discount Program. See more

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Hard Rock Cafe

601 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21202

410.347.7625

+Part of our Subscriber Discount Program. See more

The Hipp Cafe storefront

Hipp Cafe

12 North Eutaw Street Baltimore, MD 21201

410.539.7925

*CONNECTED TO THE THEATRE!

Tickets for the performance date/time are required for access to the cafe.

+Part of our Subscriber Discount Program. See more

luna del sea

Luna Del Sea

300 W Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21201

410.752.8383

*WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE!

+Part of our Subscriber Discount Program. See more

Chicken Kabob

Maiwand Grill

324 W Baltimore St Baltimore, MD 21201

410.685.0208

*WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE!

Restaurant is BYOB

+Part of our Subscriber Discount Program. See more

nandos

Nando’s Peri Peri

421 W Baltimore St Baltimore, MD 21201

443.681.3675

*WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE!

+Part of our Subscriber Discount Program. See more

Chicken Salad from Panera

Panera

413 W Baltimore St. Baltimore, MD 21201

410.637.3604

*WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE!

Pickles

Pickles Pub

Washington Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21230

410.752.1784

+Part of our Subscriber Discount Program. See more

Poets

Poets Modern Cocktail and Eats at Hotel Indigo

24 W Franklin St, Baltimore, MD 21201

443.961.3400

+Part of our Subscriber Discount Program. See more

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Baltimore Grand Garage

5 N. Paca Street, Baltimore, MD

Take the Fayette Street side elevators directly in to the Hippodrome lobbies without setting foot outside
Disclaimer: Parkers who use the Grand Garage assume all risk of loss or damage to vehicles and persons using the Grand Garage. The owner and operator of the Grand Garage, Hippodrome Foundation, Inc., Hippodrome Theatre, TMG Hippodrome, LLC and each of their respective parents and affiliates are not responsible for, and assume no liability for, fire, theft, damage or loss to any vehicle, or for injury to any person or property as a result of use of the Grand Garage. Posted parking rules and instructions of parking attendants must be followed to avoid towing, fines and possible criminal penalties and loss of the opportunity to park in the Grand Garage.

Front doors of Hippodrome Theatre

Hippodrome Theatre History

The legendary Hippodrome Theatre was designed by noted theatre architect Thomas Lamb for exhibitors Pearce and Scheck. It was constructed on the site of the old Eutaw House, a luxury hotel built in 1835. The Hippodrome opened on November 23, 1914 as a movie palace that also showcased vaudeville performances. The theatre seated 3,000 and in 1920 the average weekly attendance was 30,000. Sound for the movies was provided by piano, a Moller organ commissioned for the theatre, and an orchestra. The Hippodrome was part of the Loew’s Theatre chain from 1917 until 1924, when it became part of the Keith chain. New management in 1931 installed a huge new marquee and other facelift items such as new seats. In 1931 the Hippodrome had 3 price levels – 25 cents before noon, 35 cents between noon and 6 pm, and 50 cents after 6 pm. Under the management of Isidor M. Rappaport, which began in 1931, the Hippodrome gained a reputation as a top vaudeville house, presenting such notables as Bob Hope, Jack Benny, Red Skelton, Benny Goodman and his orchestra, Dinah Shore, Martha Raye, Milton Berle, the Andrews Sisters and Morey Amsterdam during Rappaport’s 30-year tenure. It was in The Hippodrome Theatre that Frank Sinatra first appeared with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and in 1939 with Harry James’ band. Movies were combined with vaudeville entertainment through 1950. The Hippodrome Theatre was one of the first stages to present Vaudeville and motion pictures and maintained a house orchestra at the theatre well into the 1950’s.

Business remained strong from the 30’s through the 1950’s with the last stage shows presented around 1959. Another major renovation occurred in 1963 in preparation for the regional premiere of “Cleopatra”. In 1969 the Hippodrome was the site of the world premiere of “Slaves”. Business dropped off during the 70’s and 80’s, and the Hippodrome closed in 1990, when it was the last operating movie theatre in downtown Baltimore.

Now the curtain rises again at The France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at the Hippodrome. This is the culmination of a construction and restoration project that transforms and combines three significant historic buildings and one newly constructed building into a state-of-the-art showcase. These landmarks are the Western National Bank built in 1887, the Eutaw Savings Bank built in 1888, the Hippodrome Theatre, and a new building at the corner of Baltimore and Eutaw Streets. Programming at this world-class venue will include touring Broadway shows and the best of the performing arts.

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Hotel Indigo Baltimore Downtown

24 W. Franklin Street Baltimore, MD 21201

410.625.6200