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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

Saturday, July 31
CAPA

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

Summer Movie Series

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Event Starts 7:30 PM
Ohio Theatre
Sunday, August 1
CAPA

The Long, Long Trailer (1954)

Summer Movie Series

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Event Starts 2:00 PM
Ohio Theatre
Thursday, August 5
CAPA

Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

Summer Movie Series

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Event Starts 7:30 PM
Ohio Theatre
Friday, August 6
CAPA

A Tale of Two Cities (1935)

Summer Movie Series

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

Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)

Summer Movie Series

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Event Starts 7:30 PM
Ohio Theatre
Sunday, August 8
CAPA

Disney’s Pinocchio (1940)

Summer Movie Series

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Event Starts 2:00 PM
Ohio Theatre
Thursday, August 12
CAPA

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)

Summer Movie Series

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Event Starts 7:30 PM
Ohio Theatre
Friday, August 13
CAPA

Friday the 13th (1980)

Fright Nite Friday With Fritz! Summer Movie Series

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Event Starts 7:30 PM
Ohio Theatre
Saturday, August 14
CAPA

Out of the Past (1947)

Summer Movie Series

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Event Starts 7:30 PM
Ohio Theatre
Sunday, August 15
CAPA

The King & I

Summer Movie Series

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Event Starts 2:00 PM
Ohio Theatre
August 1920
CAPA

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)

Silent Film - Summer Movie Series

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Ohio Theatre
Saturday, August 21
CAPA

East of Eden (1955)

Summer Movie Series

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Event Starts 7:30 PM
Ohio Theatre
Sunday, August 22
CAPA

Jason and the Argonauts (1963)

Summer Movie Series

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Event Starts 2:00 PM
Ohio Theatre
Thursday, August 26
CAPA

To Have and Have Not (1944)

Summer Movie Series

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Event Starts 7:30 PM
Ohio Theatre
Friday, August 27
CAPA

The Defiant Ones (1958)

Summer Movie Series

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Event Starts 7:30 PM
Ohio Theatre
Saturday, August 28
CAPA

Cartoon Capers

Summer Movie Series

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Event Starts 10:00 AM
Ohio Theatre
August 2829
CAPA

Hitchcock’s North by Northwest (1959)

Summer Movie Series

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Ohio Theatre
Saturday, September 25
Columbus Symphony

Renée Fleming

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Event Starts 7:30 PM
Ohio Theatre
October 2223
Columbus Symphony

Brahms & Dvořák

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Ohio Theatre
November 1213
Columbus Symphony

Variations on Romanticism

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Ohio Theatre
November 1621
Broadway in Columbus

Hadestown

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Ohio Theatre
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January 7 8
Columbus Symphony

Russian Winter Festival I

Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring

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Ohio Theatre
January 1116
Broadway in Columbus

CATS

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Ohio Theatre
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January 2122
Columbus Symphony

Russian Winter Festival II

Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninoff

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Ohio Theatre
February 4 5
Columbus Symphony

La Bohème

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Ohio Theatre
February 813
Broadway in Columbus

Come From Away

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Ohio Theatre
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February 1819
Columbus Symphony

Rhapsody in Blue

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Ohio Theatre
February 2526
Columbus Symphony

Pablo Plays Dvořák

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Ohio Theatre
March 17April 17
Short North Stage

Little Shop of Horrors

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Ohio Theatre
March 1819
Columbus Symphony

Liszet's "Dante" Symphony

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Ohio Theatre
March 2526
Columbus Symphony

Schubert's Symphony No. 9 "The Great"

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Ohio Theatre
March 29April 3
Broadway in Columbus

Pretty Woman: The Musical

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Ohio Theatre
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April 2223
Columbus Symphony

Bach: St. John's Passion

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Ohio Theatre
April 2930
Columbus Symphony

Joanna Plays Britton

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Ohio Theatre
May 1314
Columbus Symphony

Beethoven 9

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Ohio Theatre
May 18June 5
Broadway in Columbus

Wicked

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Ohio Theatre
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October 423
Broadway in Columbus

Hamilton

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Ohio Theatre
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