Originally constructed in 1914 by acclaimed theater architect Thomas Lamb as a luxurious movie and vaudeville showcase, Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre fell into disrepair in the late 1970s, and closed in 1990. In 2006, the venue was rechristened the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center and reopened after an extensive renovation that restored the theater to its former grandeur.
The Hippodrome is now Baltimore’s premier touring house, presenting major plays, musicals, and special engagements year round.
The France-Merrick Performing Arts Center Information
- Public Transportation: Good (accessible via Metro, light rail, and MTA bus service)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/ Programs: The Hippodrome serves as the Baltimore-area’s primary venue for touring Broadway shows and special musical and theatrical events
- Subscriptions: Available for Broadway Across America subscriptions. See Hippodrome website or broadwayacrossamerica.com for details.