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Palace Theatre

Designed in the spirit of France’s Palais de Versailles, the 2,695-seat Palace Theatre is located at the base of the LeVeque-Lincoln Tower. Adorned with chandeliers, a grand staircase, mural, hall of autographed pictures, and a fountain, the Palace is a delightful destination for an evening with the arts. Originally a vaudeville house, special attention was paid to the theatre’s acoustics when it was built. Consequently, there’s not a bad seat in the house!

A Community Treasure

During the '30s, '40s, and '50s, the Palace was the most active venue in Columbus for live performances. Still popular today, the theatre rarely has a dark night. Among the many events hosted by the Palace each year are performances from CAPA-presented and touring musical artists, comedians, and dance companies, Broadway in Columbus, and local arts organizations.

Vaudeville’s Columbus Stage

Architect Thomas Lamb, who also designed the Ohio Theatre, used France’s Palais de Versailles as inspiration for the Palace Theatre. Since the theatre was primarily a vaudeville house, and the performers had to be heard without amplification, great attention was paid to the hall’s acoustics. Construction was personally supervised by vaudeville mogul Edward Albee, and on November 8, 1926, the Palace opened its doors to the public as part of the Keith-Albee chain of movie/vaudeville theatres. In 1929, the Palace became the RKO (Radio Keith Orpheum), which it remained until the 1970s.

Home Away from Home

Since traveling shows typically played for multiple days and sometimes weeks, the backstage area of the Palace Theatre was designed with the performers’ travel needs in mind. The dressing room tower was organized like a small hotel, complete with a "front desk," where performers could pick up their room keys and mail. There were also kitchen facilities and a designated children's playroom. The dressing rooms were named after cities on the vaudeville touring routes and still bear those names today.

Animals touring with the shows were also taken into consideration. A porcelain animal bath was installed below the stage, as well as a ramp that led to the stage since many animals will go upstairs, but not down.

Star Power

Over the years, most of the top names in entertainment have appeared at the Palace Theatre, including Bing Crosby, Nat "King" Cole, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Jackie Gleason, Jack Benny, Mae West, Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey, Burns and Allen, Eddie Cantor, Bill Robinson, Glenn Miller, Gypsy Rose Lee, and Harpo and Chico Marx.

The CAPA Era

In 1989, CAPA acquired the Palace Theatre, consolidating its administrative functions with those of the Ohio Theatre, and today continues it's long tradition of presenting a large number of wide-ranging and diverse live stage performances each year.

Events at Palace Theatre

Tuesday, March 31
CAPA

MasterChef Junior Live!: SUSPENDED

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:30 PM
Palace Theatre
Saturday, April 4
Columbus Symphony

The Music of Elton John and Billy Joel: CANCELED

featuring Michael Cavanaugh

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 8:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Saturday, April 11
North American Entertainment

Festival of Laughs: CANCELED

with Sommore, Gary Owen, Tony Rock, Mark Curry

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 8:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Wednesday, April 15
Live Nation

Prince Royce: CANCELLED

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 8:00 AM
Palace Theatre
Sunday, April 19

MAZE: POSTPONED

featuring Frankie Beverly

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:30 PM
Palace Theatre
Saturday, April 25
Live Nation

Juanes: POSTPONED

Mas Futuro Que Pasado Tour

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 8:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Saturday, May 2
Columbus Symphony

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 8:00 PM
Palace Theatre
On Sale TBA
Saturday, May 9
CAPA

CAPA Celebration Gala

Palace Theatre
Palace Theatre
On Sale TBA
Thursday, May 14
CAPA & Cinema Columbus

Napoleon Dynamite

A Conversation with Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez, & Jon Gries

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:30 PM
Palace Theatre
Saturday, May 16

Pod Save America: Live - CANCELED

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 8:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Sunday, May 31
Live Nation

The Masked Singer National Tour

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:30 PM
Palace Theatre
Wednesday, June 17
NS2 & FPC LIVE

MAKS & VAL LIVE 2020 - Featuring Peta & Jenna

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 8:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Saturday, June 27
Outback Presents

Crime Junkie Podcast Live

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 8:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Monday, July 20
AEG

Kraftwerk

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 8:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Sunday, August 30
CAPA

The Price Is Right Live™: NEW DATE

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 8:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Saturday, September 12
CAPA

Ron White: NEW DATE

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 8:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Friday, September 25
Mills Entertainment

Theresa Caputo: NEW DATE

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:30 PM
Palace Theatre
Wednesday, October 7
CAPA

Neil deGrasse Tyson: NEW DATE

An Astrophysicist Goes to the Movies

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:30 PM
Palace Theatre
Saturday, October 24
Live Nation

Bob Weir and Wolf Bros: NEW DATE

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:30 PM
Palace Theatre
Tuesday, November 17
Live Nation

Chicago: Live in Concert

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:30 PM
Palace Theatre
On Sale TBA
December 813
Broadway in Columbus

Fiddler on the Roof

Palace Theatre
Palace Theatre
On Sale TBA
On Sale Soon
January 2930
Broadway in Columbus

BEAUTIFUL - The Carole King Musical

Palace Theatre
Palace Theatre
On Sale Soon
On Sale Soon
March 5 7
Broadway in Columbus

Riverdance

Palace Theatre
Palace Theatre
On Sale Soon