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Hippodrome Theatre

318 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD, USA
Seats (approximate)
2286

ABOUT THIS THEATRE

Description
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.
Miss Saigon
Jun 02, 2020 - Jun 07, 2020
Musical Revival Drama
Dear Evan Hansen
May 05, 2020 - May 17, 2020
Musical Original
Musical Original
The Band's Visit
Mar 17, 2020 - Mar 22, 2020
Music by David Yazbek; Book by Itamar Moses; Lyrics by David Yazbek
Musical Original
Wicked - Munchkinland
Feb 12, 2020 - Mar 08, 2020
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Winnie Holzman; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Musical Original
Cats
Jan 21, 2020 - Jan 26, 2020
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by T.S. Eliot
Musical Revival
Jesus Christ Superstar
Dec 17, 2019 - Dec 22, 2019
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Revival Drama
Aladdin
Nov 13, 2019 - Dec 01, 2019
Musical Original
The Phantom of the Opera
Oct 09, 2019 - Oct 20, 2019
Musical Original Drama
Hamilton - Angelica
Jun 25, 2019 - Jul 21, 2019
Musical Original
The Play That Goes Wrong
Jun 04, 2019 - Jun 09, 2019
Play Original Comedy
Come From Away
Apr 23, 2019 - Apr 28, 2019
Musical Original
Musical Original Comedy
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Jan 22, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019
Music by Marc Shaiman; Book by David Greig; Lyrics by Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman
Musical Original
Anastasia
Dec 04, 2018 - Dec 09, 2018
Music by Stephen Flaherty; Book by Terrence McNally; Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Musical Original
Les Misérables
Oct 09, 2018 - Oct 14, 2018
Musical Revival Drama
On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan
Jun 05, 2018 - Jun 10, 2018
Featuring Music Produced and Recorded by Emilio Estefan, Gloria Estefan, Miami Sound Machine; Book by Alexander Dinelaris
Musical Original
An American in Paris
May 01, 2018 - May 06, 2018
Musical Original
School of Rock The Musical
Mar 20, 2018 - Mar 25, 2018
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Book by Julian Fellowes; Lyrics by Glenn Slater
Musical Original
Waitress
Jan 30, 2018 - Feb 04, 2018
Music by Sara Bareilles; Book by Jessie Nelson; Lyrics by Sara Bareilles
Musical Original Drama
The Lion King - Rafiki
Nov 16, 2017 - Dec 10, 2017
Music by Elton John; Book by Irene Mecchi, Roger Allers; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Original
The Color Purple
Oct 17, 2017 - Oct 22, 2017
Musical Revival Drama
Musical Original Drama
Finding Neverland
Jun 27, 2017 - Jul 02, 2017
Musical Original
Musical Original Comedy
The Bodyguard
Feb 28, 2017 - Mar 05, 2017
Musical Original
Musical Original Comedy
Jersey Boys
Sep 27, 2016 - Oct 02, 2016
Music by Bob Gaudio; Book by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice; Lyrics by Bob Crewe
Musical Original
Love Letters
Jun 07, 2016 - Jun 12, 2016
Written by A.R. Gurney
Play Original
Cabaret
Apr 26, 2016 - May 01, 2016
Music by John Kander; Book by Joe Masteroff; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Musical Revival Drama
The Illusionists
Mar 29, 2016 - Apr 03, 2016
Music by Evan Jolly
Special Original Magic
Motown The Musical
Mar 08, 2016 - Mar 13, 2016
Musical Original Drama
The Phantom of the Opera
Jan 27, 2016 - Feb 02, 2016
Musical Original Drama
The Sound of Music
Dec 08, 2015 - Dec 13, 2015
Musical Revival Drama
Musical Original Comedy
Kinky Boots
Sep 29, 2015 - Oct 04, 2015
Music by Cyndi Lauper; Book by Harvey Fierstein; Lyrics by Cyndi Lauper
Musical Original
Pippin
Jun 23, 2015 - Jun 28, 2015
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Roger O. Hirson; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Musical Revival Comedy
Dirty Dancing
May 12, 2015 - May 24, 2015
Musical Original
Wicked - Munchkinland
Apr 01, 2015 - Apr 26, 2015
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Winnie Holzman; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Musical Original
Chicago
Mar 03, 2015 - Mar 08, 2015
Music by John Kander; Book by Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Musical Revival Comedy
Newsies The Musical
Dec 02, 2014 - Dec 07, 2014
Music by Alan Menken; Book by Harvey Fierstein; Lyrics by Jack Feldman
Musical Original Comedy
I Love Lucy
Oct 14, 2014 - Oct 26, 2014
Original Music Composer: Peitor Angell; Adapted for the Stage and with new material by Kim Flagg, Rick Sparks; Special Lyrics by Wayne Moore
Play Original Comedy
Once
Sep 09, 2014 - Sep 14, 2014
Musical Original Romance
Sister Act
Jun 03, 2014 - Jun 15, 2014
Musical Original Comedy
Peter and the Starcatcher
May 06, 2014 - May 18, 2014
Music by Wayne Barker; Written by Rick Elice
Play Original Play with music
Musical Original Comedy
War Horse
Feb 04, 2014 - Feb 09, 2014
Songmaker: John Tams
Play Original Drama
Irving Berlins White Christmas - 2013
Dec 03, 2013 - Dec 08, 2013
Music by Irving Berlin; Book by David Ives, Paul Blake; Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Musical Revival Comedy
Jersey Boys
Nov 12, 2013 - Nov 24, 2013
Music by Bob Gaudio; Book by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice; Lyrics by Bob Crewe
Musical Original
We Will Rock You
Oct 15, 2013 - Oct 20, 2013
Music by Queen; Story and Script by Ben Elton; Lyrics by Queen
Musical Original
Les Misérables - 25th Anniversary
Apr 09, 2013 - Apr 14, 2013
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Original French text by Alain Boublil, Jean-Marc Natel; Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
Musical Revival Drama
Looped
Mar 05, 2013 - Mar 17, 2013
Written by Matthew Lombardo
Play Original Comedy
Flashdance The Musical
Feb 12, 2013 - Feb 17, 2013
Music by Robbie Roth; Book by Robert Cary, Tom Hedley; Lyrics by Robbie Roth, Robert Cary
Musical Original
Billy Elliot The Musical
Dec 25, 2012 - Dec 30, 2012
Music by Elton John; Book by Lee Hall; Lyrics by Lee Hall
Musical Original
Billy Elliot The Musical
Dec 18, 2012 - Dec 23, 2012
Music by Elton John; Book by Lee Hall; Lyrics by Lee Hall
Musical Original
Million Dollar Quartet
Nov 27, 2012 - Dec 02, 2012
Musical Original
Wicked - Munchkinland
Oct 02, 2012 - Nov 04, 2012
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Winnie Holzman; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Musical Original
Musical Original Comedy
Mary Poppins
Apr 24, 2012 - May 06, 2012
Musical Original Spectacle
Memphis
Apr 03, 2012 - Apr 08, 2012
Music by David Bryan; Book by Joe DiPietro; Lyrics by David Bryan, Joe DiPietro
Musical Original
The Addams Family
Mar 06, 2012 - Mar 18, 2012
Music by Andrew Lippa; Book by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice; Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Musical Original
The Lion King - Gazelle
Dec 05, 2011 - Jan 08, 2012
Music by Elton John; Book by Irene Mecchi, Roger Allers; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Original
La Cage Aux Folles
Nov 01, 2011 - Nov 06, 2011
Music by Jerry Herman; Book by Harvey Fierstein; Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Musical Revival Comedy
West Side Story
Apr 12, 2011 - Apr 24, 2011
Music by Leonard Bernstein; Book by Arthur Laurents; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Musical Revival Drama
Shrek
Mar 22, 2011 - Apr 03, 2011
Musical Original Comedy
Les Misérables - 25th Anniversary
Mar 01, 2011 - Mar 06, 2011
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Original French text by Alain Boublil, Jean-Marc Natel; Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
Musical Revival Drama
Jersey Boys
Feb 01, 2011 - Feb 27, 2011
Music by Bob Gaudio; Book by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice; Lyrics by Bob Crewe
Musical Original
Rock of Ages
Nov 30, 2010 - Dec 05, 2010
Book by Chris D'Arienzo
Musical Original
The 39 Steps
Jun 01, 2010 - Jun 13, 2010
Play Original Comedy
Musical Original Drama
In the Heights
Feb 23, 2010 - Mar 07, 2010
Musical Original
Young Frankenstein
Jan 12, 2010 - Jan 24, 2010
Music by Mel Brooks; Book by Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Musical Original Comedy
Dreamgirls
Dec 14, 2009 - Dec 27, 2009
Music by Henry Krieger; Book by Tom Eyen; Lyrics by Tom Eyen
Musical Revival
Musical Original Comedy
Fiddler On The Roof
Oct 20, 2009 - Nov 01, 2009
Music by Jerry Bock; Book by Joseph Stein; Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Musical Revival ComedyDrama
Spring Awakening
Jun 09, 2009 - Jun 21, 2009
Music by Duncan Sheik; Book by Steven Sater; Lyrics by Steven Sater
Musical Original Drama
A Bronx Tale
Apr 14, 2009 - Apr 26, 2009
Original music by John Gromada; Written by Chazz Palminteri
Play Original Solo
Grease
Feb 03, 2009 - Feb 15, 2009
Musical Revival Comedy
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Jan 06, 2009 - Jan 18, 2009
Music by Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman; Adapted for the stage by Jeremy Sams; Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman
Musical Original Comedy
A Chorus Line
Dec 02, 2008 - Dec 14, 2008
Musical Revival Drama
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Nov 11, 2008 - Nov 23, 2008
Music by Mel Marvin; Book by Timothy Mason; Lyrics by Timothy Mason
Musical Original Comedy
Legally Blonde
Sep 30, 2008 - Oct 12, 2008
Music by Laurence O'Keefe, Nell Benjamin; Book by Heather Hach; Based upon the film by MGM; Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe, Nell Benjamin
Musical Original Comedy
The Color Purple
Apr 29, 2008 - May 18, 2008
Musical Original Drama
Camelot
Mar 25, 2008 - Apr 06, 2008
Music by Frederick Loewe; Book by Alan Jay Lerner; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Musical Revival
Avenue Q
Dec 11, 2007 - Dec 23, 2007
Music by Jeff Marx, Robert Lopez; Book by Jeff Whitty; Lyrics by Jeff Marx, Robert Lopez
Musical Original Comedy Puppets
My Fair Lady
Nov 06, 2007 - Nov 18, 2007
Music by Frederick Loewe; Book by Alan Jay Lerner; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Musical Revival Comedy
Doubt
May 01, 2007 - May 13, 2007
Play Original Drama
Sweet Charity
Apr 10, 2007 - Apr 22, 2007
Music by Cy Coleman; Book by Neil Simon; Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Musical Revival Comedy
Annie
Mar 20, 2007 - Mar 25, 2007
Music by Charles Strouse; Book by Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Musical Revival Comedy
Monty Python's Spamalot
Mar 06, 2007 - Mar 18, 2007
Music by Eric Idle, John Du Prez; Book by Eric Idle; Lyrics by Eric Idle
Musical Original Comedy
Wicked - Emerald City
Jan 24, 2007 - Feb 18, 2007
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Winnie Holzman; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Musical Original
Chicago
Jan 02, 2007 - Jan 07, 2007
Music by John Kander; Book by Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Musical Revival Comedy
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Nov 28, 2006 - Dec 03, 2006
Music by David Yazbek; Book by Jeffrey Lane; Lyrics by David Yazbek
Musical Original Comedy
Altar Boyz
Nov 07, 2006 - Nov 12, 2006
Musical Original Farce
Twelve Angry Men
Oct 24, 2006 - Nov 05, 2006
Written by Reginald Rose
Play Original Drama
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Sep 19, 2006 - Oct 01, 2006
Music by William Finn; Book by Rachel Sheinkin; Lyrics by William Finn
Musical Original Comedy
Musical Original Comedy
Golda's Balcony
May 09, 2006 - May 21, 2006
Written by William Gibson
Play Original Solo Drama
Little Women
Apr 11, 2006 - Apr 23, 2006
Music by Jason Howland; Book by Allan Knee; Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein
Musical Original
Movin Out
Mar 07, 2006 - Mar 19, 2006
Music by Billy Joel; Lyrics by Billy Joel
Musical Original Dance
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - 2005
Jan 24, 2006 - Feb 05, 2006
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Revival Comedy
Hairspray
Dec 20, 2005 - Jan 01, 2006
Musical Original Comedy
Evita - 2004
Oct 25, 2005 - Nov 06, 2005
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Revival Drama
The Lion King - Gazelle
Jun 02, 2005 - Sep 04, 2005
Music by Elton John; Book by Irene Mecchi, Roger Allers; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Original
Little Shop of Horrors
Apr 19, 2005 - May 01, 2005
Music by Alan Menken; Book by Howard Ashman; Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Musical Revival ComedyPuppets
The King and I - 2004
Jan 31, 2005 - Feb 13, 2005
Musical Revival ComedyDrama
Jesus Christ Superstar
Dec 27, 2004 - Jan 02, 2005
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Revival Drama
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Nov 02, 2004 - Nov 14, 2004
New Music by Jeanine Tesori; Book by Dick Scanlan, Richard Morris; New Lyrics by Dick Scanlan
Musical Original Comedy
Musical Original Drama
Musical Original Comedy
Musical Original Drama
The Producers - Leo
Feb 10, 2004 - Mar 14, 2004
Music by Mel Brooks; Book by Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Musical Original Comedy
Me and My Girl
Dec 20, 1988 - Jan 15, 1989
Musical Original Comedy