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A Beloved Waco Institution
Watching movies at the Hippodrome is just like being in your living room – but way more extravagant! Get that classic home comfort with state-of-the-art movie theater technology and premium service. From first-run blockbusters to family-friendly classics, compelling independent films to thought-provoking documentaries, there’s something for every movie fan at the Hippodrome.
Catch a screening at the Hippodrome and marvel at the vibrant colors and high-definition pictures on a giant screen. Kick your movie-going experience up a notch by ordering from our menu, including beer, wine, and cocktails – right from your theater seat with just a push of a button. We have plush and comfortable reclining theater seats equipped with a large cupholder and a tray table. Our patrons’ comfort is our priority. That’s a Hippodrome guarantee!
When planning your movie night at the Hippodrome, we suggest arriving 30 minutes before the movie start time so you can order your food. We’ll bring it right to your seat in time for the film.
Where Movie Theater Magic Comes To Life
Get immersed in an entertainment experience that your senses can feast on. Our first-rate movie theaters are home to a wide variety of superior entertainment. We show various flicks that cater to all film buffs, family-friendly movies, concerts and live music, plays, comedy shows, and more – all enriching our city’s arts and culture scene.
The Hippodrome is one of the most beautiful buildings in the city and a prime downtown location. We have a cozy cinema setup where you can reserve our comfortable leather recliners. There’s full-service in-theater drinking and dining. We have a ground-level restaurant and a rooftop bar on the third floor. Have dinner, drinks, and see a movie all in one convenient location right in the heart of downtown Waco.
The Hippodrome takes your
movie night to the next level!
Waco’s Premier Live Music Venue
Since 1914, the Hippodrome has been known to host a wide variety of high-quality Broadway-style acts and entertainment such as silent films, vaudeville shows, and traveling performers – even live performing seals. Today, the spirit of live entertainment endures at the Hippodrome – minus the seals.
If you’re looking for large live music venues in Waco, look no further than the Hippodrome. We embrace rock, country, blues, soul, punk, roots, and other genres of music. Our mission is to create an exceptional experience for people with different musical tastes from all walks of life.
Our historic large event space has hosted new local bands playing their first gig and veteran musicians playing their hundredth. Whatever your event space needs are, we can accommodate any small or large functions – at very competitive rates. Rent any of our theaters, parts or all our event rooms, our dining space, the indoor bar, or the rooftop patio bar. Our event packages are entirely customizable to suit your requirements. We have state-of-the-art A/V equipment to make sure you will deliver memorable musical sets.
Make your mark on Texas music history by using the historic Hippodrome as the venue for your live concert music.
Fabulous Local Restaurants:
The Raleigh Diner and The Hightop Bar
The Hippodrome makes planning for a night out on the town a breeze. Whether it’s a date night or eating out with the family, The Raleigh at the Hippodrome is one of the prime local restaurants in downtown Waco.
One of the best feelings in the world is feeling at ease and at home while eating fantastic food in a happy, cozy atmosphere – and that’s what The Raleigh is all about. Sample our fantastic culinary fare in a classic diner setting with a modern twist. Tempt your taste buds with heartwarming American comfort foods expertly prepared with high-quality ingredients.
You can also take advantage of our full bar complete with a fantastic selection of wine, liquor, and beer.
Let us know of any special dietary requirements you may have, and we will do our best to accommodate your needs. Our patio dining space is pet-friendly, and we have ample parking for our customers. After dinner, get your buzz on at The Hightop Bar while overlooking the historic Austin Avenue. Mix delicious drinks and scrumptious appetizers for an excellent evening. Head up to the rooftop with food and drink in hand and appreciate the laidback ambiance at The Hightop. Happy hour is from 4 pm to 7 pm.
Your Exceptional Wedding Venue
The historical and breathtaking structure of the Hippodrome makes an idyllic backdrop for a beautiful wedding. And if you’re scouting out wedding venues in Waco, the Hippodrome is the perfect choice.
We can also host all your wedding-related events. We offer in-house catering, service staff, and recommended vendors. From an enchanting engagement party to a joyous rehearsal dinner, a poignant wedding ceremony to a festive reception – take advantage of using the Hippodrome no matter what type of wedding occasion you wish to have. Whether it’s a low-key affair in a smaller, more intimate space or a more traditional reception with a banquet feast fit for a large ballroom, the Hippodrome offers a splendid setting for your special day.
We have a team of expert event coordinators that can guide you in organizing the perfect event, whether you’re planning a social gathering, a corporate meeting, or a wedding.
All-Inclusive Downtown Business Venue
Not just a dining and entertainment hub, the Hippodrome can also host corporate functions such as seminars, training, meetings, or any educational events. In order to relay information effectively, we have A/V equipment that makes us one of the best business venues in the city.
The Hippodrome meeting planning team has the experience and know-how to ensure that you will deliver an engaging and compelling talk. We aim to help you create captivating presentations that will leave a lasting impression on your audience.
Our huge amphitheater is highly customizable. Tables and chairs at our event spaces can be moved to suit your specifications. Transitioning from a stadium setting to a classroom or a conference room with breakout meeting spaces is not a problem at the Hippodrome.
Customizable Party Venue Rentals
What better place to celebrate your party than in a noteworthy Waco landmark? The timeless appeal of the Hippodrome combined with modern event solutions makes it one of the most fantastic party venue rentals. Celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, or any parties for kids, seniors, teens, or folks of any age.
Parties for All Ages and Occasions
No matter what milestone you’re commemorating, our premier facility can meet your specific needs. We have a team of event planners that can help you in throwing the perfect party. Our packages of party venue rentals are entirely customizable to suit your requirements. You can make use of any of our theaters, dining, and event spaces, as well as our in-house catering and service staff.
Dependable Full-Service Event Catering
At the Hippodrome, we can help you create a custom menu for any special occasion – no matter how big or small Our full-service event catering team is experienced in crafting menus that are sure to wow your guests. From Texas homestyle meals to Tex-Mex cuisine, an Italian buffet to Asian fare, we will work with you to prepare dishes that will delight your guests. We use top-quality products and ingredients and can accommodate dietary and food allergy restrictions.
From buffets to plated meals, boxed lunches to hors-d’oeuvres, desserts to bar service and beverage stations – just let us know what your catering needs are, and we’ll make it happen.
Whether it’s a residential, business, or outdoor event, we can bring our top-notch catering services to just about anywhere in the Waco area.