The historic Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center brings the best of Broadway and world-class entertainment to downtown Baltimore. Visit our website for details on the Hippodrome Broadway Series Presented by CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and upcoming Hippodrome Live events.


The M&T Bank Exchange is a newly renovated historic venue with a flexible, state-of-the-art experience that provides a unique and unmatched setting for events. Visit our website to sign up for news, updates, and events coming soon to the M&T Bank Exchange at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center.


Through free outreach and education programs, the Hippodrome Foundation works to introduce Maryland students and community members to the arts and all the assets of the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center. By exposing young people to new possibilities, we are raising the curtain on opportunity.


About Us

The Realization of Vision

In early 2004, the curtain rose again at the legendary Hippodrome Theatre. Reborn as the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, it is the centerpiece not only of world-class stage performances, but of a totally revitalized Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment District.

We are helping to build the future. That isn’t one building or one street or one show on stage. It means an on-going dedication to creating an environment that belongs to all of the people of Baltimore, to revitalize the city, in action and in spirit.

Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment District

The District unites the city’s community and underscores its potential as a thriving arts neighborhood in downtown Baltimore. For more information, visit

Our Partnership with The Hippodrome Foundation

Achieving what one imagines requires creativity, determination, and truly new thinking. The non-profit Hippodrome Foundation was established to reach for and attain that vision. The Foundation, in turn, sought out public and private entities with the foresight to see "what might be." Of course, our most important partners are the private citizens who gave their unwavering support and contributions. Together, we have transformed a venerable structure into an unparalleled, state of the art, showplace designed to fulfill the cultural, educational, and entertainment needs of our city and our entire region.


In and around The France-Merrick Performing Arts Center are numerous amenities to enhance experience of live theatre such as:

  • Ample parking within a short walk to the Hippodrome Theatre. Season Subscribers may purchase advance parking passes to area parking facilities and Inner Circle Subscribers receive guaranteed show parking as an added benefit.
  • The Hipp Café located within The France-Merrick Performing Arts Center. For more information visit,
  • Accessible seating.
  • Abundant restrooms and concession areas and expanded lobby spaces.
  • Repaved streets and sidewalks, improved outdoor lighting, and security provided by the associations and organizations in Downtown as well as on-site security.
  • The Hippodrome Box Office is located on the corner of Eutaw Street and Baltimore Street. Hours are Monday- Friday, 11 am-3pm or through intermission on performance days.