By Anna Steffen, Tour Coordinator
Now that I have your attention, did you know that when the Ohio Theatre first opened in 1928 as Loew’s Ohio Theatre, you could see a movie for as little as 25 cents? Back in those days, going to see the “talkies” was a special occasion, and the movie “palaces” were glamorous, opulent, and “ritzy.”
The CAPA Summer Movie Series is back for another season of action, adventure, music, laughter, and romance. Additionally, we will be offering FREE public tours of the Ohio Theatre on Saturday, June 25; Saturday, July 16; and Saturday, August 13, at 4:30pm each day.
You’ll learn the rich history behind the Official Theatre for the State of Ohio as our docents guide you thru this “palace for the average man,” and hear about the many famous names that have graced her stage or screen, including Bob Hope, Jean Harlow, Elizabeth Taylor, Victor Borge, and Judy Garland.
The Ohio Theatre’s Spanish-Baroque architecture includes two elaborate organ chambers, velvet seats, gold-leaf detailing, a hand-painted ceiling, and a 2.5 ton grand chandelier. Can you spot the “flying horses” in the auditorium? (Hint: look up!) You’ll also see many of the theatre’s original furnishings including the King and Queen’s chairs, ornate drinking fountains, and the restored Spanish galleon, Our Delicate Lady.
The highlight of your tour will most certainly be a demonstration of the Ohio Theatre’s famous “Mighty Morton” organ by CAPA Summer Movie Series’ featured organist, Clark Wilson (and David Fleisher on June 25). He’ll introduce you to the Morton with a few stories of its history and treat you to some classic Ohio tunes.
So come inside, get out of the heat, and enjoy one of Ohio’s most treasured and most beautiful historical landmarks!
Tours are free, but reservations are required and space is limited. To make a reservation, click on one of the following links or call 614.719.6743. Please specify preferred date. Tours do include stairs.