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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.

NEW! We now 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.

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

April 1314
PNC Broadway in Columbus

Clue

Ohio Theatre
Ohio Theatre
Friday, April 19
Columbus Symphony

Friday Coffee Dress: Tchaikovsky & Prokofiev

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Event Starts 10:00 AM
Ohio Theatre
April 1920
Columbus Symphony

Tchaikovsky & Prokofiev

Ohio Theatre
Ohio Theatre
Friday, April 26
BalletMet

Senior Dress Rehearsal: Romeo & Juliet

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Event Starts 11:00 AM
Ohio Theatre
April 2628
BalletMet

Romeo & Juliet

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Ohio Theatre
May 3 4
Columbus Symphony

The Return of Natasha Paremski

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Ohio Theatre
May 712
PNC Broadway in Columbus

TINA – The Tina Turner Musical

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Ohio Theatre
Friday, May 17
Columbus Symphony

Friday Coffee Dress: Beethoven Symphony No. 2

Ohio Theatre
Event Starts 10:00 AM
Ohio Theatre
May 1718
Columbus Symphony

Beethoven Symphony No. 2

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Ohio Theatre
Sunday, May 19
Columbus Symphony

Go Wild!

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Event Starts 3:00 PM
Ohio Theatre
May 2425
Columbus Symphony

Mozart's Mass in C Minor

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Ohio Theatre
Thursday, June 6
CAPA

2024 CAPA Marquee Awards

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Event Starts 7:30 PM
Ohio Theatre
June 12July 7
PNC Broadway in Columbus

Disney's The Lion King

Ohio Theatre
Ohio Theatre
Saturday, July 27
Live Nation

Brett Goldstein

The Second Best Night of Your Life

Ohio Theatre
Event Starts 7:00 PM
Ohio Theatre