Lux Elegance in a Wonderful Waco Landmark
Step over the threshold of this grand Spanish Colonial establishment in downtown Waco and into the elegant and welcoming lobby of the Hippodrome. Old-world allure meets state-of-the-art innovations awaiting Hippodrome guests and patrons. We have multiple multifunctional spaces that can be customized to accommodate just about any type of special events, celebrations, and live performances.
The Waco Hippodrome has been enriching the city’s culture and entertainment scene since 1914. From vaudeville theater to a movie house, it’s the city’s prime spot for superb performances. In 2018 we’ve restyled and renovated our premises while keeping the timeless character that we’ve become known for. Our expansions include adding three revolutionary, cutting-edge theaters with lavish and comfortable recliner seats equipped with push-button food service.
The two-story expansion facing scenic South 8th Street has also been revamped. It now houses a concession stand filled with tasty treats and snacks, The Raleigh Diner on the ground floor with outdoor pet-friendly dining spaces, and an elevator for easy access to The Hightop Bar. We also have ample guest parking for added convenience. These meticulously planned additions make us the ultimate entertainment hub and unique event venue in Waco.
Waco’s Prime Events & Entertainment Hub
From cozy and intimate to large scale, we have a space to accommodate your specific event needs. If you’re looking for the best venue for your wedding, holiday party, corporate meeting, seminar, live musical performance, or other special gatherings, explore our many lovely and versatile event spaces to create your perfect experience.
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We offer several different options to customize your event and make sure it’s a one-of-a-kind.
- Orchestra Theatre
- Balcony Theatre
- The Raleigh Diner
- The Hightop Bar
- The Houdini Room
- The Palace Room
- The Reservation Room Bar + Lounge
In 1983, the Hippodrome was listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. It is our mission to continue ongoing care and maintenance to preserve this architectural gem for the future generations.
The Hippodrome’s beauty and splendor are vital to the theater experience.
Many locals and out-of-towners marvel at the magnificence of our theater and are always curious about its past. As stewards of a historic venue, we understand that our choices and decisions today are critical to the long-term triumph of the Hippodrome as a prime cultural destination.
Meet the Developers
Local developers Shane Turner and Cody Turner are second-generation construction entrepreneurs. Their portfolio includes developing multi-family and single-family units, retail, restaurant, and office spaces. Both Baylor University alumni, Shane and Cody are very active board members of community and charitable organizations across the region. Their real estate and construction projects greatly contribute to Waco’seconomic and social growth. Since 2006, they have been developing properties and revitalizing Waco and have made significant strides to revive the city and transform it into the flourishing hub that it is today.
In 2012, they turned their real estate prowess to restoring the historic Waco Hippodrome. The Turner brothers made sure to keep the classic aesthetic that made the Hippodrome a beloved Waco landmark while incorporating modern renovations. They worked with the Texas Historic Commission to preserve the integrity of the Hippodrome throughout the renovation process. They understand the historical ties the Hippodrome holds to the community since 1914 and are committed to bringing the Hippodrome’s legacy well into the coming century.
Preserving and Reinvigorating Downtown Waco’s Legacy
As stewards of a historic venue, we understand that our choices and decisions today are critical to the long-term triumph of the Hippodrome as a premium cultural destination.
The historic Hippodrome reflects Waco’s great prosperity and growth throughout the years. It also relives an important period in our city’s history when the public went to see vaudeville shows in the 1900’s. Today, we are proud to continue to be the city’s go-to entertainment destination, as well as a prime event space that brings people together.