15 Things You Didn’t Know About the Ohio Theatre

March 17th, 2017 by CAPASMM

Although today is St. Patrick’s Day, we at CAPA are excited to be celebrating the 89th birthday of the Ohio Theatre! This world-class, historic venue has had quite the epic journey to becoming the state and national landmark it is today.

Here are 15 things you may not have known about the Ohio Theatre:

1) The Ohio Theatre opened on March 17, 1928.

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2) It was originally a silent movie house.

3) The first film shown here was “The Divine Woman” starring Greta Garbo and Lars Hanson.

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4) After completing work on the Palace Theatre just a few blocks away, Scottish-born architect Thomas Lamb designed the opulent Spanish-Baroque style Ohio Theatre as a “palace for the average man.”

5) Interior designer Anne Dornan, one of the first women to graduate from the Columbia School of Architecture, spent more than $1 million on the art and furnishings of the Ohio, even going on a safari to find appropriate decorations for the “Africa Corner” in the lower lounge.

6) The Ohio was the first public building in Columbus with air conditioning.

7) The theatre closed in 1969.

8) “Play Dirty” starring Michael Caine was the last film shown at the Ohio before its closing.

9) That same year, the “Save the Ohio” committee was formed, raising more than $2 million in record time to successfully save the theatre. The Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA) was created out of that effort.

10) Before the Ohio was saved, the owners had already sold off all the fixtures (CAPA bought them back).

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11) The Ohio Theatre is on the National Register of Historic Places, deeming it a national landmark and a historic building contributing to the community’s recreation and culture.

12) It is also the State Theatre of Ohio.

13) The main chandelier inside the house stands 20 feet tall. Approximately every 18 months, it is lowered via a hand crank above the ceiling for cleaning and bulb replacement.

14) The names of the statues on the proscenium are Eleanor and Mary.

15) The magnificent “Mighty Morton” theatre organ is the original instrument installed in 1928 for the theatre’s grand opening. Its pipes and sound effects are built into the ornate, gilded architecture surrounding the Ohio Theatre stage.

Today, the Ohio Theatre continues to be a stunning centerpiece of art and culture in Columbus and in Ohio. Thank you for your support of and pride in this hometown jewel!Check out more photos here!

Columbus Open Studio & Stage: Details!

October 6th, 2016 by CAPASMM

We love taking you behind the scenes, and so does Columbus Open Studio & Stage (COSS)! On October 8 and 9, we are thrilled to be a part of the first-ever COSS tour, a citywide event offering you backstage tours of some of your favorite venues.

The idea stems from four women—Lisa McLymont, Stephanie Rond, Catherine Bell Smith, and Amy Leibrand—who dreamed up the idea of giving the public the opportunity to go behind the scenes and connect with artists and venues in a way that’s never been done before. Together, they approached the Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) and the Art Makes Columbus/Columbus Makes Art campaign, and the match seemed natural. “This event fits perfectly with the Arts Council’s Art Makes Columbus/Columbus Makes Art marketing campaign,” said Jami Goldstein, vice president of marketing, communications, and events at GCAC. “[It] highlights the incredibly talented artists of our city and introduces new audiences to Columbus’s unique arts scene.”

Here’s how it works: for $10, you can buy a map that grants you behind-the-scenes access to participating performance venues and visual artist studios. After purchasing your map, you will be invited to register for guided backstage tours at the performance venues or self-guided tours of the artist studios.

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Participating performance venues include the Lincoln Theatre, Ohio Theatre, Palace Theatre, PromoWest Express Live, CD102.5 Big Room, Shadowbox Live, and the Short North Stage’s Garden Theater.

Participating visual artist studios Brooke Albrecht, Laura Alexander, John Bolzenius, Queen Brooks, Richard Duarte Brown, Katherine Crowley, Anita Dawson, Katerina Harris, Maira Hashmi, Lisa Horkin, Pilgrim Heidi Kambitsch, Linda Langhorst, G.W. Leach, Julie Macala, Michael McEwan, Kristin Morris, Elena Osterwalder, Jeff Regensburger, Nikos Rutkowski, Carol Stewart, Joshua Stewart, April Sunami, Stephen Takacs, Brian Williams, Roger Williams, and Matt Wolcott.

Happy birthday, Ohio Theatre!

March 17th, 2016 by CAPASMM

Today at CAPA we have another reason to celebrate, aside from St. Patrick’s Day, it is also the 88th birthday of the Ohio Theatre! The Ohio is not only a world-class venue that is both a state and national landmark where we get to arrange and watch entertaining shows year round, but it is also the reason why CAPA exists in the first place. Our history with the Ohio only goes back to 1969 but we would like to take the time to celebrate and remember just what a dramatic history the Ohio has been through.

After opening day on March 17, 1928 the Ohio gave the stage to many talented vaudeville era performers including Milton Berle, Jean Harlow, and a young emcee with a violin Jack Benny! The Ohio was originally built for silent movies, and then when talking movies took over completely in 1934 it stopped holding live performances. However many movie stars traveled with their movies to promote them, Jean Harlow and Judy Garland both made appearances at the Ohio!

After WWII, times started changing for the Ohio, attendance was dropping, which couldn’t support a large movie house for long until 1969 when the theatre was sold from Loew to a real estate firm. Many believed at the time that this would be the final curtain for the Ohio, since it was threatened to be put under the wrecking ball to build a new state office tower. A few groups banded together to save the Ohio, but CAPA was the only one successful enough to raise $2.5 million, to buy back and restore it.

Since the successful rescue of the Ohio, there has been nothing but success, it was placed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, then declared a National Historic Landmark in 1978, and named “Official Theatre for the State of Ohio.” Columbus resident Mary Bishop, who led the restoration effort from 1969-1984, was honored by the National Trust for keeping the Ohio close to the original set up Loew, Lamb, and Dornan envisioned 88 years ago.

So the next time you walk into the Ohio for a performance by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Broadway in Columbus, the Summer Movie Series, or any of the other great shows our theatre hosts, take a look around and remember the struggles and sacrifices from the creators, the founders and employees of CAPA, and volunteers that got the Ohio to where it is today. Lastly, remember that it is you, the audience, that has given the Ohio the recognition and home it deserves. The Ohio continues to be a center piece of art and culture in Columbus for 88 years because of the people who love to come here and treat it like home. Thank you for making it possible for all of us at CAPA to say “Happy birthday, Ohio Theatre!”

And now, a clip to show you the history that the Ohio has experienced!

Have your wedding at the Lincoln!

January 6th, 2016 by CAPASMM

We love to put on a good show, and that includes your wedding! Set the stage for a truly breathtaking experience that will have your guests saying “wow!” at the historic Lincoln Theatre.

The theatre is uniquely suited to host both your ceremony and reception. The Lincoln’s stage provides a one-of-a-kind setting, perfect for a ceremony your guests will never forget. While the second-floor Cardinal Health Ballroom hosts the perfect, glamorous encore to your “I do’s.”

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The Lincoln Theatre stage has been home to the greats, such as Etta James, Duke Ellington, and Miles Davis. Now, you can create your own history! Built in 1928, and renovated in 2009, the historic Lincoln Theatre is the perfect romantic setting for your big day.

The rich architecture creates a unique and unforgettable backdrop for your ceremony. The theatre seats up to 588 guests on the ground level and balcony. You will feel like a star saying “I do.”

Photo by Rosewood Visuals © Katie + Jason

The Cardinal Health Ballroom

The Cardinal Health Ballroom at the Lincoln Theatre is an elegant and timeless setting for your reception. The ivory walls and pine floors create a perfectly customizable space, perfect for any theme or color scheme. The balcony staircase provides a dramatic entrance and stunning photo opportunities for you and your wedding party. The ballroom also features a built-in bar, oversized windows, a small stage, and a sprung-wood dance floors.


You can select your own vendors and caterers, but we have a great list of recommendations! Check out our Pinterest board for more Lincoln wedding photos. For more information about the Lincoln Theatre and the Lincoln Theatre Association go to www.lincolntheatrecolumbus.com.

If you are interested in scheduling a tour of the Lincoln, please contact Keisha at (614)719-6696 to set an appointment, or e-mail kdean@capa.com

by Anna Schaeffer

Palace Marquee Gets a Facelift!

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.

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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

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Ohio Theatre’s new custom-designed orchestra shell!

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

5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Ohio Theatre’s New Orchestra Shell

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
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10 reasons young people should use the PNC Arts Alive All Access program

November 7th, 2013 by admin
  1. Ignore the chirping crickets in your wallet. This program makes the arts affordable! Tickets are just $5 for anyone ages 13-25.
  2. You can purchase two tickets, but only one ticket must be used by someone aged 13-25.
  3. A tight budget doesn’t mean you have nothing to do. You can even treat your friends to an unforgettable night!
  4. There are no added fees to your purchase.
  5. You get the best seats available!
  6. Purchasing tickets through the All Access program (http://www.gofor5.com/) is an easy, online process that can be done in less than 5 minutes.
  7. You get to experience downtown Columbus and its incredible, historic theatres.
  8. Explore a variety of high quality performances from Columbus’ top arts organizations and guest artists from around the world.
  9. You don’t have to worry about hearing the words “sold out.” Just print your pass before you leave!
  10. 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/

One tour of the Ohio Theatre left this summer: Saturday, August 24

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 sms@capa.com 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.

Organ gets musician pumped up at Summer Movie Series | The Columbus Dispatch

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!

Watch the video!