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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 4 5
Columbus Symphony

Holiday Pops

Ohio Theatre
Ohio Theatre
December 1026
BalletMet

The Nutcracker

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Ohio Theatre
Friday, January 7
Columbus Symphony

Dress Rehearsal - Russian Winter Festival I

Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring

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Event Starts 10:00 AM
Ohio Theatre
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
January 2122
Columbus Symphony

Russian Winter Festival II

Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninoff

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Ohio Theatre
Monday, January 24
CAPA

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

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Event Starts 7:30 PM
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
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 5 6
Ohio Falun Daf Association

Shen Yun

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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 810
BalletMet

Cinderella

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Ohio Theatre
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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