France-Merrick Performing Arts Center

Hippodrome Theatre

After years of standing empty, this landmark 1914 Thomas Lamb theatre was renovated as the centerpiece of a new downtown performing arts center, which its proponents correctly envisioned would serve as a catalyst for the revitalization of Baltimore’s West Side.

The Hippodrome – with 2,200 seats – is principally a venue for Broadway tours. Ornate side seating boxes, removed during its life as a movie theatre, were reinstated. The existing stage was replaced with a new 100-feet wide and 50-feet deep stagehouse, new rigging and stage lighting systems, and an 80-foot high grid. Expanded lobbies and a special, designated VIP lobby, along with additional rest rooms, were part of the project The Hippodrome now presents.

FDA programmed support facilities, including new dressing rooms, a green room, offices, and ancillary facilities, and designed and specified new stage equipment and lighting systems.

  • Client: Maryland Stadium Authority, Theatre Management Group
  • Architect: Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer
  • Completion Year: 2002
  • Location: Baltimore, Maryland
  • Acoustician: JHS Acoustics
  • Capacity: 2,200 seats


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