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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!

The Palace Theatre is located at 34 W. Broad Street between High and Front Streets, adjacent to the LeVeque Tower.

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

Friday, December 9
AEG Presents

Straight No Chaser

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 8:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Saturday, December 10
CAPA

Dave Koz and Friends 25th Anniversary Christmas Tour

With Special Guests Rick Braun, Peter White, Keiko Matsui and Rebecca Jade

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 8:00 PM
Palace Theatre
December 1318
PNC's Broadway in Columbus

ELF The Musical

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Palace Theatre
Saturday, January 14
T. ROSE Foundation

I Love The 90’s: SWV, Tony! Toni! Toné! and Dave Hollister!

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:30 PM
Palace Theatre
Thursday, February 2

Parker McCollum

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:30 PM
Palace Theatre
Saturday, February 4
Outback Presents

Stephen Sharer: Share the Love Tour

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 6:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Saturday, February 18
Outback Presents

Fortune Feimster: Live Laugh Love!

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:00 PM
Palace Theatre
March 3 5
Butterfly Guild of Nationwide Children's Hospital

The Sound of Music by Butterfly Guild of Nationwide Children's Hospital

Palace Theatre
Palace Theatre
Friday, March 10
Outback Presents

Leanne Morgan: Just Getting Started

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Friday, March 17
Outback Presents

Taylor Tomlinson: The Have It All Tour

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Tuesday, March 21
Emporium Presents

Tedeschi Trucks Band

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 8:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Friday, March 31
Icon Concerts

Jo Koy 2023 World Tour

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 8:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Friday, May 5
Outback Presents

Druski: Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda Tour

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 8:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Saturday, May 6
Icon Concerts

Chris D'Elia: Don't Push Me Tour

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Sunday, May 7

2nd Annual Motown Mother's Day Concert Starring The Spinners

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Wednesday, May 10
CAPA

Madagascar The Musical

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:00 PM
Palace Theatre
May 1214

Annie

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Palace Theatre
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Wednesday, May 17

John Mellencamp

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 8:00 PM
Palace Theatre