April 13th, 2015 by CAPASMM
Have you noticed a little less “dazzle” downtown lately? While the gray skies may be partially responsible, we at CAPA have been missing the Palace Theatre’s iconic vertical marquee that normally lights up Broad Street.
The sign was removed on Saturday, February 21, for a little facelift. The marquee has been refurbished, most notably the lighting. DāNite Sign Co. has re-painted the sign and replaced the neon with LED lighting. The updates will drastically improve energy efficiency and cut down (or virtually eliminate) all maintenance. So, no more burnt out letters!
This is not the first makeover the Palace marquee has gotten! In November of 1929, the Palace Theatre became the Radio Keith Orpheum (RKO) Palace Theatre, when the theatre was transitioning from vaudeville acts to films and live acts. It was then the Palace Theatre vertical marquee was created, boasting the letters “RKO” at the very top.
The marquee was replaced as part of the theatre’s grand re-opening in the 1980s, resulting in the familiar Broad Street icon that we know today.
On April 11 the updated sign was re-installed with new life, above the Palace Theatre marquee. Now beaming brighter than ever, the Palace Theatre sign clearly marks one of Columbus’ true treasures—a stunning historic theatre still serving our community after almost 90 years.
by Emily Belcik
December 12th, 2014 by CAPASMM
Learn how and why the year-long project was such a priority for the theatre, how it developed from just a basic concept to actual installation, and how the stunning, finished product delivers superior acoustics to both audience and musicians.
Your next chance to see and hear the Ohio Theatre’s new orchestra shell in action will be the Columbus Symphony concerts on January 9 and 10, featuring the first program in its American Roots Festival—Dvořák’s Ninth!
by Anna Schaeffer
November 13th, 2014 by CAPASMM
With the new orchestra shell about to have its big debut at the Ohio Theatre, we thought there were a few things you should know before you “ooo” and “ahh” in person!
1) It took one full year to complete. These things take time! There was a year’s worth of preparation for the new shell, including architect and acoustician meetings and deconstruction of the old shell, followed by one full month of installation. Rome wasn’t built in a day!
2) It fits right in. The new shell is custom designed for the Ohio Theatre. The architects made sure to incorporate the theatre’s Baroque style into the shell’s design, even continuing the gold stars adorning the ceiling of the Ohio Theatre onto the ceiling of the new orchestra shell. Peter Krajnak, Design Principal with Rogers Krajnak Architects, said, “Our team created a decorative design that is in harmony with the theatre’s Baroque-esque style interior and extends that visual grandeur onto the stage.”
3) It’s basically a transformer. That’s right! The new shell can transform into a variety of configurations to best fit the size of the ensemble performing. It also has a variety of lighting possibilities through a new LED lighting system, making every performance unique.
4) We love it! We here at CAPA absolutely love the new shell! CAPA CEO Bill Conner said, “The end result far exceeds our expectations in functionality, beauty, and acoustics.” While we marvel at its beauty, we are blown away by its new and improved acoustics. CSO Music Director Designee Rossen Milanov said, “The Ohio Theatre now becomes a venue where the music can create a sonic impact!”
5) You can see it soon! The shell will make its public debut Saturday and Sunday, November 21 and 22, at the Columbus Symphony’s Beethoven & Don Quixote concert. Come see the beautiful new orchestra shell and see (and hear!) what all the fuss is about!
Photography © Brad Feinknopf 2014
November 7th, 2013 by admin
- Ignore the chirping crickets in your wallet. This program makes the arts affordable! Tickets are just $5 for anyone ages 13-25.
- You can purchase two tickets, but only one ticket must be used by someone aged 13-25.
- A tight budget doesn’t mean you have nothing to do. You can even treat your friends to an unforgettable night!
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- You get to experience downtown Columbus and its incredible, historic theatres.
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- Try a new genre and discover your new passion. With tickets for just $5, you can’t lose.
Learn more today: http://www.gofor5.com/
August 14th, 2013 by admin
As part of the 2013 Summer Movie Series, CAPA offers free, guided tours of the historic Ohio Theatre. There is only one date left to take part this summer – Saturday, August 24, at 4 pm!
The hour-long tours will begin in the front lobby of the Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.) and will include a look at the history and restoration of the official State Theatre of Ohio. Tours will also include an exhibition of the theatre’s lighting and a demonstration of the original 1928 “Mighty Morton” theatre organ by featured organist Clark Wilson.
The tour is free, but reservations are required and space is limited. To make a reservation, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the number of people in your party. This tour does include stairs.
For more details, including a full schedule of the movies left for this summer, visit http://www.capa.com/presentations/current-season-presentations/capa-summer-movie-series-2013.
August 8th, 2013 by admin
The CAPA Summer Movie Series’ annual silent film screenings are this week, showcasing the exceptional talents of CAPA’s featured organist Clark Wilson. Check out the Sunday arts cover story about Clark here, then check him out in person during our screenings of The Little American starring Mary Pickford on August 8 and 9 at the Ohio Theatre! And don’t forget the antique car show that will be in front of the theatre both nights!
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August 13th, 2012 by admin
CAPA has just opened a brand new ticket center as a tool to serve you better. Located just a few feet from its previous location, the new-and-improved CAPA Ticket Center now occupies the former Ohio Theatre gift shop space, so we have moved from the east side of the Ohio Theatre marquee to the west side. While the sleek, modern design simply looks AMAZING, the redesign of the space was custom-made for just one thing—better serving you!
Features of the new CAPA Ticket Center:
- We have increased our customer service stations from two to five (one of which is wheelchair accessible) and equipped each station with a monitor on a swivel arm. Now we can simply turn the monitor to face you, making it comfortable for you to view and choose available seats from a venue’s seating chart.
- Monitors in the front window and behind the counter will make sure you know about all the great events coming to CAPA venues.
- While you’re there, check out the autographed Ohio Theatre stage door on display in the lobby. Joe Worman, Ohio Theatre stage manager from 1955-95, asked all the big stars who performed at the theatre to sign the stage door, amassing an impressive autograph collection spanning seven doors. Now you can check them out one at a time as we periodically rotate them into the space.
It’s all about YOU, Columbus! So, come check us out!
November 5th, 2010 by admin
Last weekend, CAPA had the pleasure of hosting an enthusiastic crowd at the Ohio Theatre for its “Ghost Light” Movie Night. We’d like to take a moment to thank everyone who joined us for an evening of Halloween fun. I can assure you that those of us working the event had just as good a time as you did! Look for another “Ghost Light” Movie Night in 2011!
If you weren’t able to join us this year, photographer Ben Simon has posted a gallery of his shots from the event on his web site. Take a few minutes to browse through the collection, and see some of the fantastic costumes that our patrons (and staff!) put together. Just follow this link and log in using the password “ghostlight” — you won’t be disappointed!
- CAPA Ushers Dressed up for Halloween! Photo: Ben Simon
October 11th, 2010 by admin
by Dustin Grovemiller, Donor Relations Manager
We tend to think of theatres as vibrant homes for the performing arts, full of life and energy. But after the people go home and the lights are turned off, theatres become places of shadows and noises lurking from unseen corners. Architecture that glows with beauty by day becomes twisted and mysterious by night. CAPA maintains four theatres here in Columbus that are between the ages of 82 and 104 years old. I have been in all of them in late at night at one point or another, long after the crowds have gone home and everything is covered by a deep, still hush. It’s profoundly creepy.
Theatres have long been homes for the supernatural, which is why a single light—a ghost light—is always left burning on stage when the rest of the theatre is dark. There are many superstitions surrounding the ghost light, from the idea that it’s there to appease spirits who want to take the stage and perform when nobody else is around, to those that say the ghost light is there to actually keep ghosts at bay and to prevent them from haunting the theatre. Sometimes the ghosts don’t care though, and they take up residence anyhow. Regardless of being welcome or not, theatre ghosts are real. Be it because of unfinished business, the untimely death of an audience member, or even from a séance gone wrong, there are many different ways that a paranormal presence can come to call a theatre home.
This year, in the spirit of the spookier side of maintaining these historic houses of the arts, CAPA is conjuring up another ghost from the past. Years ago, Ohio Theatre organist Dennis James used to hold a Halloween event called the “Spookout,” where crowds of folks from all around central Ohio would gather at the Ohio for a thrilling evening of spook-tacular organ music, a movie showing, and other fun. We’re bringing the event back to life, although it’s going to come back a little different than it was before. (And isn’t that always the case when you bring something back to life?)
Please join us for CAPA’s “Ghost Light” Movie Night at the Ohio Theatre on Saturday, October 30. We’ve got a fun evening planned around a screening of the classic House on Haunted Hill (the 1959 with Vincent Price) including tours, a costume contest, and music by organist David Fleisher. Check out the Ghost Light Movie Night page at capa.com for more details, and we hope to see you there!
July 7th, 2010 by admin
by Dustin Grovemiller, Donor Relations Manager
If you take into account all of the theatres that CAPA operates and maintains here in Columbus, you’d be looking at about 375 years of history. Doesn’t that seem like something that’s worth four hours of your time?
The reason that I bring this up is that on Saturday, July 24, CAPA will be hosting it second annual “Theatre Crawl.” The Crawl is a unique opportunity to explore three of our community’s historic venues in one morning. While CAPA does offer tours of our theatres on a regular basis, the opportunity to visit more than one at one time is pretty rare–in fact, it only happens once a year!
Focusing on the three theatres owned by CAPA–the Ohio (1928), the Palace (1926), and the Southern (1896)–tour groups will be able to hear about the history of each building, spend some quality time exploring the venues, and will even get an extra look at areas not typically included on regular tours. As part of the Crawl, our guests will also get to hear the Ohio Theatre’s principal organist, Clark Wilson, demonstate the “Mighty Morton” Theatre Organ and discuss what makes this unique instrument one of the finest theatre organs still in operation today.
The only downside to this unique event is that space is limited–to be able to work all this activity into one day, we can only accommodate about 100 people. So if spending time getting to know some Columbus landmarks sounds like a good idea to you, act quickly! Tickets are available through the Ohio Theatre Ticket Office and are $15 for the general public and $10 for CAPA donors. Lunch is included as part of the activities. More information about the Theatre Crawl can be found here.
It’s CAPA’s job to maintain these magnificent buildings so that they can be enjoyed by both artists and audiences alike. We hope that you’ll consider joining us in remembering why our community is so lucky to have all this history, all the memories of performances past, here among us.