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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

Friday, September 25
CAPA

The Kid Brother (1927) - SILENT FILM

CAPA Summer Movie Series

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Event Starts 7:30 PM
Ohio Theatre
Saturday, September 26
CAPA

The Sting (1973) - SOLD OUT

CAPA Summer Movie Series

Ohio Theatre
Event Starts 7:30 PM
Ohio Theatre
Sunday, September 27
CAPA

Glory (1989)

CAPA Summer Movie Series

Ohio Theatre
Event Starts 2:00 PM
Ohio Theatre
January 1516
Columbus Symphony

Russian Winter Festival I - All Tchaikovsky

Ohio Theatre
Ohio Theatre
January 2930
Columbus Symphony

Russian Winter Festival II

Rachmaninoff 3 and Shostakovich 10

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Ohio Theatre
February 1921
Columbus Symphony

Rhapsody in Blue and Beethoven 5

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Ohio Theatre
March 1213
Columbus Symphony

Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto

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Ohio Theatre
March 1920
Columbus Symphony

Haydn - The Creation

Ohio Theatre
Ohio Theatre
March 2328
Broadway in Columbus

CATS

Ohio Theatre
Ohio Theatre
On Sale TBA
April 3 4
CAPA

Paw Patrol Live!

The Great Pirate Adventure

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Ohio Theatre
April 1617
Columbus Symphony

A Night in Vienna

Strauss and Ravel

Ohio Theatre
Ohio Theatre
April 2325
Columbus Symphony

An Evening of Opera - Verdi and Puccini

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Ohio Theatre
On Sale TBA
April 27May 2
Broadway in Columbus

Hadestown

Ohio Theatre
Ohio Theatre
On Sale TBA
Saturday, May 22
Columbus Symphony

Renée Fleming

Ohio Theatre
Event Starts 7:30 PM
Ohio Theatre
June 213
Broadway in Columbus

Frozen

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Ohio Theatre
On Sale TBA
August 1015
Broadway in Columbus

Come From Away

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

Pretty Woman: The Musical

Ohio Theatre
Ohio Theatre
On Sale TBA