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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.

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

December 1024
BalletMet

The Nutcracker

Ohio Theatre
Ohio Theatre
Thursday, December 22
BalletMet

My First Nutcracker

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Event Starts 11:00 AM
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
Saturday, January 14
Columbus Symphony

Respect: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin

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Event Starts 8:00 PM
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
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
Friday, February 10
BalletMet

Senior Dress Rehearsal: Dorothy and the Prince of Oz

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Event Starts 11:00 AM
Ohio Theatre
February 1012
BalletMet

Dorothy and the Prince of Oz

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Ohio Theatre
February 1718
Columbus Symphony

Schubert Symphony No. 4 “Tragic”

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Ohio Theatre
Friday, February 24
CAPA and IAE

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince™ in Concert

Featuring Columbus Symphony

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Event Starts 8:00 PM
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
March 1719
Columbus Symphony

Variations on Nutcracker Suite

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Ohio Theatre
March 31April 1
Opera Columbus and Columbus Symphony

Rigoletto

with Columbus Symphony

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Ohio Theatre
Saturday, April 1
Chamber Music Columbus

Calidore String Quartet

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Event Starts 7:00 PM
Ohio Theatre
April 7 9
CAPA

Paw Patrol Live!

Heroes Unite

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Ohio Theatre
Friday, April 14
Columbus Symphony

Friday Coffee Dress: Carmen Suite

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

Carmen Suite

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Ohio Theatre
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Friday, April 28
BalletMet

Senior Dress Rehearsal: Swan Lake

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Event Starts 11:00 AM
Ohio Theatre
April 2830
BalletMet

Swan Lake

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Ohio Theatre
May 5 6
Columbus Symphony

Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky

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Ohio Theatre
Saturday, May 13
Columbus Symphony

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

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Event Starts 8:00 PM
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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