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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

Friday, January 24
Live Nation

Brian Regan

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 8:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Wednesday, February 5
Live Nation

Dancing with the Stars Live!

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:30 PM
Palace Theatre
February 6 7
Innovation Arts & Entertainment

The Illusionists Live from Broadway

Palace Theatre
Palace Theatre
Friday, February 14
Columbus Symphony

The Music of Frank Sinatra with Tony DeSare

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 8:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Sunday, February 16
North American Entertainment

Valentine’s Soul Jam

Featuring The New Stylistics, Delfonics, Sonny Bivins Manhattans & Blue Magic

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Friday, February 21
Round Room

Blippi Live!

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 6:00 PM
Palace Theatre
February 28March 1
Butterfly Guild of Nationwide Children's Hospital

Mamma Mia!

Palace Theatre
Palace Theatre
Friday, March 6
Live Nation

Iliza: The Forever Tour

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Saturday, March 7

Jim Jefferies: Oblivious Tour

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Friday, March 13
CAPA

Ron White

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 8:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Tuesday, March 17
CAPA

The Bachelor Live on Stage

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:30 PM
Palace Theatre
Wednesday, March 18
CAPA

Neil deGrasse Tyson

An Astrophysicist Goes to the Movies

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:30 PM
Palace Theatre
Friday, March 20
CAPA

The Price Is Right Live™

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 8:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Saturday, March 21
Live Nation

Bob Weir and Wolf Bros

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:30 PM
Palace Theatre
Tuesday, March 31
CAPA

MasterChef Junior Live!

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

The Music of Elton John

featuring Michael Cavanaugh

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

Festival of Laughs

with Sommore, Gary Owen, Tony Rock, Mark Curry

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 8:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Tuesday, April 14
Live Nation

Chicago: Live in Concert

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:30 PM
Palace Theatre
Wednesday, April 15
Live Nation

Prince Royce

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 8:00 AM
Palace Theatre
Friday, April 17
Mills Entertainment

Theresa Caputo

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:30 PM
Palace Theatre
Sunday, April 19

MAZE

featuring Frankie Beverly

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:30 PM
Palace Theatre
Saturday, May 2
Columbus Symphony

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 8:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Saturday, May 16

Pod Save America: Live

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 8:00 PM
Palace Theatre