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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!

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.

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.

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

March 1920
Columbus Symphony

Schubert’s Welcome to Spring

Ohio Theatre
Ohio Theatre
April 1618
Columbus Symphony

Dvořák Serenades

Ohio Theatre
Ohio Theatre
Friday, April 30
Columbus Symphony

Waltzes and Royal Hunts

Ohio Theatre
Event Starts 7:30 PM
Ohio Theatre
May 2122
Columbus Symphony

Haydn Festival

Ohio Theatre
Ohio Theatre
Saturday, May 22
Columbus Symphony

Renée Fleming

Ohio Theatre
Event Starts 7:30 PM
Ohio Theatre
June 4 6
Columbus Symphony

Mozart's "Jupiter"

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Ohio Theatre
September 28October 17
Broadway in Columbus

Hamilton

Ohio Theatre
Ohio Theatre
On Sale TBA
November 1621
Broadway in Columbus

Hadestown

Ohio Theatre
Ohio Theatre
On Sale TBA
January 1116
Broadway in Columbus

CATS

Ohio Theatre
Ohio Theatre
On Sale TBA
February 813
Broadway in Columbus

Come From Away

Ohio Theatre
Ohio Theatre
On Sale TBA
March 29April 3
Broadway in Columbus

Pretty Woman: The Musical

Ohio Theatre
Ohio Theatre
On Sale TBA