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Ohio Theatre

From classical music to modern dance, yearly family traditions to hot concerts, the world’s best artists come to the 2,791-seat, historic Ohio Theatre. The breathtaking details (including the 21-foot-high chandelier!) of its opulent, Spanish-Baroque architecture make any night at the Ohio an event to remember!

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A Favorite with Artists

With more than 100 performances each year, the Ohio Theatre is one of the state’s busiest performing arts facilities. It's lush interior, outstanding acoustics, and state-of-the-art stage facilities have made it a favorite of leading CAPA-presented performers such as Carole King, Julie Andrews, Yo-Yo Ma, Yanni, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Kenny G, Canadian Brass, Liza Minnelli, John Denver, the Boston Pops, Garrison Keillor, Lyle Lovett, Itzhak Perlman, and Dan Fogelberg.

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Palace for the Average Man

When Scottish-born architect, Thomas W. Lamb designed the Ohio Theatre, he envisioned “a palace for the average man.” It opened in 1928 as a Loew's movie house, complete with its own orchestra and theatre organ. In addition to movies, live performance shows touring the Loews circuit found a home on the Ohio stage. During the heyday of vaudeville, many top performers played the Ohio, including Milton Berle, Ray Bolger, Cab Calloway, Buddy Ebsen, Martha Raye, Jean Harlow, Ginger Rogers, Kate Smith, and a young emcee with a violin named Jack Benny.

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A Woman’s Touch

To decorate and furnish the Ohio, Loew's chose Anne Dornan, one of the first women to graduate from the Columbia School of Architecture. Dornan traveled around the world to select art and furnishings, even going on a safari to find appropriate decorations for the "Africa Corner" in the lower lounge of the Ohio. Approximately $1 million was spent on art and furnishings - more than the cost of the building itself!

Save the Ohio!

The Ohio Theatre thrived as a movie house until the suburban sprawl of the 1960s drew traffic out of downtown. Like many other grand theatres of the past, the Ohio was headed for demolition. In 1969, the citizens of central Ohio mounted a “Save the Ohio” campaign, raising more than $2 million in less than a year in an unprecedented effort. The newly formed Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA) subsequently purchased and renovated the Ohio Theatre, creating a home for Columbus' performing arts organizations that is today recognized as the Official Theatre for the State of Ohio.

Ohio’s Theatre

Today, the Ohio Theatre is home to the Columbus Symphony, BalletMet, and Broadway in Columbus, and also hosts CAPA-presented performances, as well as a wide variety of touring artists and shows each year. Our audiences experience world-class performing arts of all genres from every corner of the world right in their own backyards!

Events at Ohio Theatre

December 1423
BalletMet

The Nutcracker

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Ohio Theatre
January 4 5
Columbus Symphony

Russian Winter Festival I: Leningrad Symphony

Masterworks 5

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Ohio Theatre
January 1112
Columbus Symphony

Russian Winter Festival II: Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto

Masterworks 6

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Ohio Theatre
January 1920
Columbus Symphony

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ in Concert

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Ohio Theatre
Wednesday, January 23
CAPA

Poetry Slam

Inspired by the themes from HAMILTON

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Event Starts 7:00 PM
Ohio Theatre
January 2526
Columbus Symphony

Beethoven Marathon: Joanna Plays Beethoven

Masterworks 7

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Ohio Theatre
January 29February 17
Broadway in Columbus

Hamilton

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Ohio Theatre
Tuesday, February 19
CAPA

The Price is Right Live™

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Event Starts 7:00 PM
Ohio Theatre
Saturday, February 23
Columbus Symphony

Hotel California: A Salute to The Eagles

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Event Starts 8:00 PM
Ohio Theatre
Sunday, February 24
Columbus Symphony

Fairy Tales and Dragons

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Event Starts 3:00 PM
Ohio Theatre
March 1 3
BalletMet

Don Quixote

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Ohio Theatre
March 1516
Columbus Symphony

Nordic Myths Festival

Masterworks 9

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Ohio Theatre
Thursday, March 21
CAPA

National Geographic Symphony for Our World

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Event Starts 7:30 PM
Ohio Theatre
Saturday, March 23
Columbus Symphony

Jurassic Park in Concert

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Event Starts 8:00 PM
Ohio Theatre
Tuesday, March 26
CAPA

Pilobolus

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Event Starts 7:30 PM
Ohio Theatre
March 2930
Columbus Symphony

Mozart: Requiem

Masterworks 10

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Ohio Theatre
April 5 6
Columbus Symphony

The Trumpet Shall Sound

Masterworks 11

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Ohio Theatre
April 1214
BalletMet

Cinderella

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Ohio Theatre
Saturday, April 27
Columbus Symphony

An Evening with Jason Alexander

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Event Starts 8:00 PM
Ohio Theatre
Sunday, April 28
CAPA

Patton Oswalt

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Event Starts 7:00 PM
Ohio Theatre
May 3 4
Columbus Symphony

Mahler Five

Masterworks 12

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Ohio Theatre
On Sale TBA
May 712
Broadway in Columbus

Hello! Dolly

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Ohio Theatre
On Sale TBA
Friday, May 31
CAPA

Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY

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Event Starts 8:00 PM
Ohio Theatre
June 4 9
Broadway in Columbus

Finding Neverland

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Ohio Theatre