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Palace Theatre

Designed in the spirit of France’s Palais de Versailles, the 2,837-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!

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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.

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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.

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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

November 2 3
Outback Concerts

Jim Gaffigan

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Palace Theatre
Wednesday, November 7
J & R Adventures

Joe Bonamassa

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Event Starts 8:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Thursday, November 8
CAPA

Disney Junior Dance Party on Tour!

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 6:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Friday, November 9
Emporium Presents

An Evening with the Tedeschi Trucks Band

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Event Starts 8:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Sunday, November 11
Michael Anthony Performing Arts Center

Why Me!

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Event Starts 6:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Friday, November 16
CAPA

Dance Theatre of Harlem

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Event Starts 8:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Wednesday, November 21
CAPA

Peppa Pig Live!

Peppa Pig's Surprise

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Event Starts 6:00 PM
Palace Theatre
November 2325
Red Tail Live

Monty Python's SPAMALOT

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Palace Theatre
Tuesday, November 27
AEG

Straight No Chaser

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Event Starts 8:00 PM
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November 28December 2
RIP Productions

Champions of Magic

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Palace Theatre
Wednesday, December 5
CAPA

The Piano Guys

Christmas Together

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Event Starts 7:30 PM
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Thursday, December 6
CAPA

Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2018

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:30 PM
Palace Theatre
Saturday, December 8
CAPA

Hip Hop Nutcracker

with Special Guest MC Kurtis Blow

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Event Starts 8:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Sunday, December 9
NS2

John Legend: A Legendary Christmas

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 8:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Sunday, December 16
CAPA

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 2:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Sunday, December 23

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis

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Event Starts 7:30 PM
Palace Theatre
Friday, January 25
Outback

Sebastian Maniscalco

Stay Hungry Tour

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Event Starts 7:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Wednesday, January 30
Live Nation

Dancing with the Stars Live!

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:30 PM
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Wednesday, February 13
CAPA

DIAVOLO

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Event Starts 7:30 PM
Palace Theatre
Friday, February 15
CAPA

A Live Conversation with Steve Guttenberg

plus a screening of Police Academy

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Event Starts 7:30 PM
Palace Theatre
February 2224
Pleasure Guild of Nationwide Children’s

The Little Mermaid

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Palace Theatre
March 1 2
Columbus Symphony

Spanish Flamenco Festival

Masterworks 8

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Palace Theatre
March 8 9
Red Tail Live!

ROGER + HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA

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Palace Theatre
March 1924
Broadway in Columbus

Rent

20th Anniversary Tour

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Palace Theatre
April 914
Broadway in Columbus

The Play That Goes Wrong

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Palace Theatre
Wednesday, April 17
Madstone Productions

Celtic Woman

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Event Starts 7:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Sunday, April 28
CAPA

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE: King for a Day!

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 4:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Saturday, May 4
NS2 & FPC Live

Derek Hough: Live!

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Event Starts 8:00 PM
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