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Hippodrome Theatre

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

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.


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