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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.

We offer free booster seats for our youngest patrons at the Ohio Theatre. Booster seats are first come, first served, and our inventory is very limited. To receive a booster seat, please ask for a house manager upon your arrival to the Ohio Theatre.

NEW! The Ohio Theatre now offers 2 nursing stations!

Each nursing station is equipped with a comfortable chair, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, facial tissue, paper towels, access to electrical outlets, and private lighting.

The nursing stations are in the women’s restroom of the lower level of the Ohio Theatre, and are accessible by elevator. The stations are available while the building is open, and through intermission during performances.

The easiest way to find the nursing room is to enter the Ohio Theatre through the business office doors, in the walkway between the Ohio Theatre and the Sheraton Hotel.

A Favorite with Artists

With more than 100 performances each year, the Ohio Theatre is one of the state’s busiest performing arts facilities. Its 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

Sunday, July 21
CAPA

Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1985)

CAPA Summer Movie Series

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Event Starts 2:00 PM
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Wednesday, July 24
CAPA

Thelma & Louise (1991)

CAPA Summer Movie Series

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Event Starts 7:30 PM
Ohio Theatre
Thursday, July 25
CAPA

Adam’s Rib (1949)

CAPA Summer Movie Series

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Event Starts 7:30 PM
Ohio Theatre
Friday, July 26
CAPA

FRIGHT NITE FRIDAY WITH FRITZ! RoboCop (1987)

CAPA Summer Movie Series

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Event Starts 7:30 PM
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Saturday, July 27
Live Nation

Brett Goldstein

The Second Best Night of Your Life

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Event Starts 7:00 PM
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Wednesday, July 31
CAPA

The Color Purple (1985)

CAPA Summer Movie Series

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

Double Indemnity (1944)

CAPA Summer Movie Series

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Event Starts 7:30 PM
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Friday, August 2
CAPA

Comedy Double Feature

CAPA Summer Movie Series

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Event Starts 7:30 PM
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Saturday, August 3
CAPA

Bye Bye Birdie (1963)

CAPA Summer Movie Series

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Event Starts 7:30 PM
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Sunday, August 4
CAPA

The Towering Inferno (1974)

CAPA Summer Movie Series

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Event Starts 2:00 PM
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Wednesday, August 7
CAPA

The Big Lebowski (1998)

CAPA Summer Movie Series

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Event Starts 7:30 PM
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August 8 9
CAPA

SILENT FILM! The Mark of Zorro (1920)

CAPA Summer Movie Series

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Ohio Theatre
August 1011
CAPA

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)

CAPA Summer Movie Series

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Ohio Theatre
Wednesday, August 14
CAPA

Chinatown (1974)

CAPA Summer Movie Series

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Event Starts 7:30 PM
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Thursday, August 15
CAPA

Mildred Pierce (1945)

CAPA Summer Movie Series

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Event Starts 7:30 PM
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Friday, August 16
CAPA

Sci-Fi Double Feature

CAPA Summer Movie Series

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Event Starts 7:30 PM
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August 1718
CAPA

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

CAPA Summer Movie Series

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Ohio Theatre
Wednesday, August 21
CAPA

Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

CAPA Summer Movie Series

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Event Starts 7:30 PM
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Thursday, August 22
CAPA

Niagara (1953)

CAPA Summer Movie Series

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Event Starts 7:30 PM
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Friday, August 23
CAPA

Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes (1938)

CAPA Summer Movie Series

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Event Starts 7:30 PM
Ohio Theatre
Saturday, August 24
CAPA

Cartoon Capers

CAPA Summer Movie Series

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Event Starts 10:00 AM
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August 2425
CAPA

The Sting (1973)

CAPA Summer Movie Series

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Ohio Theatre
September 1015
PNC Broadway in Columbus

MJ

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Ohio Theatre
September 2022
Columbus Symphony

Opening Night: A John Williams Celebration

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Ohio Theatre
Saturday, October 5
Columbus Symphony

Saturday Coffee Dress: Wagner's Ring

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Event Starts 10:00 AM
Ohio Theatre
Saturday, October 5
Columbus Symphony

Wagner's Ring

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Event Starts 7:30 PM
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October 813
PNC Broadway in Columbus

The Book of Mormon

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November 1 2
Columbus Symphony

Pictures at an Exhibition

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Ohio Theatre
November 1517
Columbus Symphony

Handel's Messiah

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Ohio Theatre
January 1419
PNC Broadway in Columbus

Peter Pan

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January 2425
Columbus Symphony

Mahler 2

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Ohio Theatre
Friday, January 31
Columbus Symphony

Friday Coffee Dress: Beethoven's Eroica

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Event Starts 10:00 AM
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January 31February 1
Columbus Symphony

Beethoven's Eroica

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Ohio Theatre
February 1823
PNC Broadway in Columbus

& Juliet

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Friday, February 28
Columbus Symphony

Friday Coffee Dress: Appalachian Spring

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Event Starts 10:00 AM
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February 28March 1
Columbus Symphony

Appalachian Spring

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Ohio Theatre
March 2122
Columbus Symphony

Bolero

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Ohio Theatre
March 2530
PNC Broadway in Columbus

Funny Girl

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April 4 5
Columbus Symphony

Bach & Brahms

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Ohio Theatre
April 2227
PNC Broadway in Columbus

A Beautiful Noise

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Friday, May 16
Columbus Symphony

Friday Coffee Dress: Tchaikovsky Spectacular

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Event Starts 10:00 AM
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May 1617
Columbus Symphony

Tchaikovsky Spectacular

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Ohio Theatre
May 2324
Columbus Symphony

Britten War Requiem

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Ohio Theatre
June 3 8
PNC Broadway in Columbus

Kimberly Akimbo

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July 820
PNC Broadway in Columbus

Hamilton

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