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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!

The Ohio Theatre is located at 39 E. State Street, between 3rd and High Streets, across the street from the Ohio Statehouse.

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

May 24June 5
Broadway in Columbus

Wicked

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Ohio Theatre
Tuesday, June 7
Live Nation

Chris Rock

Ego Death World Tour 2022

Ohio Theatre
Event Starts 8:00 PM
Ohio Theatre
Wednesday, June 15
Encova Insurance

The Central Ohio High School Sports Awards

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Event Starts 7:30 PM
Ohio Theatre
Thursday, June 16
CAPA

The Birdcage (1996)

CAPA Summer Movie Series

Ohio Theatre
Event Starts 7:30 PM
Ohio Theatre
June 1719
CAPA

The Godfather (1972)

CAPA Summer Movie Series

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Ohio Theatre
Wednesday, June 22
CAPA

In the Heat of the Night (1967)

CAPA Summer Movie Series

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Event Starts 7:30 PM
Ohio Theatre
June 2324
CAPA

Airplane! (1980)

CAPA Summer Movie Series

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Ohio Theatre
Saturday, June 25
CAPA

Cartoon Capers

CAPA Summer Movie Series

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Event Starts 10:00 AM
Ohio Theatre
June 2526
CAPA

My Fair Lady (1964)

CAPA Summer Movie Series

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Ohio Theatre
June 2930
CAPA

Wuthering Heights (1939)

CAPA Summer Movie Series

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Ohio Theatre
July 6 7
CAPA

Sudden Fear (1952)

CAPA Summer Movie Series

Ohio Theatre
Ohio Theatre
July 8 9
CAPA

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1997 special edition)

CAPA Summer Movie Series

Ohio Theatre
Ohio Theatre
Sunday, July 10
CAPA

What’s Up, Doc? (1972)

CAPA Summer Movie Series

Ohio Theatre
Event Starts 2:00 PM
Ohio Theatre
July 1314
CAPA

It Happened One Night (1934)

CAPA Summer Movie Series

Ohio Theatre
Ohio Theatre
Friday, July 15
CAPA

Halloween (1978) - Fright Nite Friday with Fritz!

CAPA Summer Movie Series

Ohio Theatre
Event Starts 7:30 PM
Ohio Theatre
July 1617
CAPA

Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

CAPA Summer Movie Series

Ohio Theatre
Ohio Theatre
Wednesday, July 20
CAPA

The Bodyguard (1992)

CAPA Summer Movie Series

Ohio Theatre
Event Starts 7:30 PM
Ohio Theatre
July 2122
CAPA

Our Hospitality (1923) - Silent Film

CAPA Summer Movie Series

Ohio Theatre
Ohio Theatre
July 2324
CAPA

Young Frankenstein (1974)

CAPA Summer Movie Series

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Ohio Theatre
July 2728
CAPA

The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

CAPA Summer Movie Series

Ohio Theatre
Ohio Theatre
Friday, July 29
CAPA

Classic Comedy Double Feature

CAPA Summer Movie Series

Ohio Theatre
Event Starts 7:30 PM
Ohio Theatre
Saturday, July 30
CAPA

Cartoon Capers

CAPA Summer Movie Series

Ohio Theatre
Event Starts 10:00 AM
Ohio Theatre
July 3031
CAPA

Hitchcock’s Notorious (1946)

CAPA Summer Movie Series

Ohio Theatre
Ohio Theatre
August 3 4
CAPA

The Roaring Twenties (1939)

CAPA Summer Movie Series

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Ohio Theatre
August 5 6
CAPA

Batman (1989)

CAPA Summer Movie Series

Ohio Theatre
Ohio Theatre
Sunday, August 7
CAPA

The Goonies (1985)

CAPA Summer Movie Series

Ohio Theatre
Event Starts 2:00 PM
Ohio Theatre
Wednesday, August 10
CAPA

The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

CAPA Summer Movie Series

Ohio Theatre
Event Starts 7:30 PM
Ohio Theatre
August 1112
CAPA

Hitchcock’s The Wrong Man (1956)

CAPA Summer Movie Series

Ohio Theatre
Ohio Theatre
August 1314
CAPA

High Society (1956)

CAPA Summer Movie Series

Ohio Theatre
Ohio Theatre
September 30October 1
Columbus Symphony

Carmina Burana

Ohio Theatre
Ohio Theatre
October 423
Broadway in Columbus

Hamilton

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Ohio Theatre
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November 4 5
Columbus Symphony

Brahms & Dvořák

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Ohio Theatre
November 813

HAIRSPRAY

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Ohio Theatre
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November 1819
Columbus Symphony

Mighty Morton Organ Festival with Cameron Carpenter

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Ohio Theatre
Friday, January 6
Columbus Symphony

Friday Coffee Dress: Winter Festival

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Event Starts 10:00 AM
Ohio Theatre
January 6 7
Columbus Symphony

Winter Festival

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Ohio Theatre
January 2022
Columbus Symphony

Beethoven, Mozart, and Haydn

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Ohio Theatre
January 2429

SIX

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Ohio Theatre
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Friday, February 3
Columbus Symphony

Friday Coffee Dress: Dvořák’s New World

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Event Starts 10:00 AM
Ohio Theatre
February 3 4
Columbus Symphony

Dvořák’s New World

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Ohio Theatre
February 1718
Columbus Symphony

Schubert Symphony No. 4 “Tragic”

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Ohio Theatre
March 3 4
Columbus Symphony

Mahler Symphony No. 9

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Ohio Theatre
March 712

Beetlejuice

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Ohio Theatre
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March 1719
Columbus Symphony

Variations on Nutcracker Suite

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Ohio Theatre
Friday, April 14
Columbus Symphony

Friday Coffee Dress: Carmen Suite

Ohio Theatre
Event Starts 10:00 AM
Ohio Theatre
April 1415
Columbus Symphony

Carmen Suite

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Ohio Theatre
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May 5 6
Columbus Symphony

Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky

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Ohio Theatre
May 1920
Columbus Symphony

Welcome to Spring

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Ohio Theatre
June 611

To Kill A Mockingbird

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Ohio Theatre
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July 26August 6

Disney's Frozen

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Ohio Theatre
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