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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!

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 1328
BalletMet

The Nutcracker

Ohio Theatre
Ohio Theatre
January 1011
Columbus Symphony

Russian Winter Festival I: Natasha Returns

Ohio Theatre
Ohio Theatre
January 1819
CAPA & Columbus Symphony

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ in Concert

Ohio Theatre
Ohio Theatre
January 2425
Columbus Symphony

Russian Winter Festival II: Exotic Masterpieces

Ohio Theatre
Ohio Theatre
January 28February 2
Broadway in Columbus

Anastasia

Ohio Theatre
Ohio Theatre
February 4 5
Falun Dafa Association

Shen Yun

Ohio Theatre
Ohio Theatre
Saturday, February 8
Columbus Symphony

The Columbus Symphony Benefit Concert

Ohio Theatre
Event Starts 8:00 PM
Ohio Theatre
February 1416
BalletMet

ALICE

Ohio Theatre
Ohio Theatre
February 2122
Columbus Symphony

Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony

with Cameron Carpenter

Ohio Theatre
Ohio Theatre
February 2829
Columbus Symphony

Chihuly Festival: Bluebeard’s Castle

Ohio Theatre
Ohio Theatre
March 6 7
Columbus Symphony

Peaks of Beauty and Devotion

Ohio Theatre
Ohio Theatre
March 1115
Broadway in Columbus

My Fair Lady

Ohio Theatre
Ohio Theatre
March 2021
Columbus Symphony

Beethoven at 250: An Apotheosis of Energy

Ohio Theatre
Ohio Theatre
Sunday, March 22
Columbus Symphony

Jumpin' and Jiving'

Concerts for Kids

Ohio Theatre
Event Starts 3:00 PM
Ohio Theatre
March 2728
Columbus Symphony

The Rite of Spring

Ohio Theatre
Ohio Theatre
April 3 5
CAPA

Paw Patrol Live!

The Great Pirate Adventure

Ohio Theatre
Ohio Theatre
April 1718
Columbus Symphony

Beethoven at 250: The Ninth Symphony

Ohio Theatre
Ohio Theatre
April 22May 17
Broadway in Columbus

Wicked

Ohio Theatre
Ohio Theatre
On Sale TBA
June 914
Broadway in Columbus

Miss Saigon

Ohio Theatre
Ohio Theatre
On Sale TBA