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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

Wednesday, July 17
CAPA

Bringing Up Baby (1938)

Summer Movie Series

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Event Starts 7:30 PM
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July 1819
CAPA

SILENT FILM: Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925)

Summer Movie Series

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Ohio Theatre
July 2021
CAPA

Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958)

Summer Movie Series

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Ohio Theatre
July 2425
CAPA

Pillow Talk (1959)

Summer Movie Series

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Ohio Theatre
Friday, July 26
CAPA

Film Noir Double Feature

Summer Movie Series

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Event Starts 7:30 PM
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Saturday, July 27
CAPA

Cartoon Capers

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Event Starts 10:00 AM
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July 2728
CAPA

Woman of the Year (1942)

Summer Movie Series

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Ohio Theatre
July 31August 1
CAPA

Jezebel (1938)

Summer Movie Series

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Ohio Theatre
Friday, August 2
CAPA

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

Summer Movie Series

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Event Starts 7:30 PM
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August 3 4
CAPA

The Gay Divorcee (1934)

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Ohio Theatre
August 7 8
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Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

Summer Movie Series

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Ohio Theatre
Friday, August 9
CAPA

Enter the Dragon (1973)

Summer Movie Series

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Event Starts 7:30 PM
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August 1011
CAPA

Oklahoma! (1955)

Summer Movie Series

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Ohio Theatre
Friday, August 23
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CHRISTIAN NODAL AHORA Tour 2019

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Event Starts 9:00 PM
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September 1722
Broadway in Columbus

Dear Evan Hansen

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September 2629
BalletMet, CAPA, Columbus Symphony, & Opera Columbus

Twisted 3

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October 1112
Columbus Symphony

American Festival

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October 2227
Broadway in Columbus

Mean Girls

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November 1 2
Columbus Symphony

The Romantic Cello

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November 1516
Columbus Symphony

Chopin Piano Concerto and Enigma Variations

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November 1924
Broadway in Columbus

Les Misérables

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November 29December 1
CAPA

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

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Monday, December 2
CAPA Education

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol

Passport to Learning Series

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Event Starts 10:00 AM
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December 1328
BalletMet

The Nutcracker

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January 1011
Columbus Symphony

Russian Winter Festival I: Natasha Returns

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Saturday, January 18
CAPA & Columbus Symphony

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ in Concert

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Event Starts 2:00 PM
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January 2425
Columbus Symphony

Russian Winter Festival II: Exotic Masterpieces

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January 28February 2
Broadway in Columbus

Anastasia

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February 1416
BalletMet

ALICE

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February 2122
Columbus Symphony

SAINT-SAËNS ORGAN SYMPHONY WITH CAMERON CARPENTER

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February 2829
Columbus Symphony

Chihuly Festival: Bluebeard’s Castle

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March 6 7
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Peaks of Beauty and Devotion

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March 1115
Broadway in Columbus

My Fair Lady

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March 2021
Columbus Symphony

Beethoven at 250: An Apotheosis of Energy

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March 2728
Columbus Symphony

Music on the Edge Festival: The Rite of Spring

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April 1718
Columbus Symphony

Beethoven at 250: The Ninth Symphony

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April 22May 17
Broadway in Columbus

Wicked

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June 914
Broadway in Columbus

Miss Saigon

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