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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!

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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

Friday, April 26
Tate Entertainment

Tim Allen

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 8:00 PM
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Sunday, April 28
CAPA

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

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

Derek Hough: Live!

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 8:00 PM
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Friday, May 10
North American Entertainment Group

FUNNY AS ISH COMEDY TOUR: MIKE EPPS, SOMMORE, LAVELL CRAWFORD, DC YOUNG FLY

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:00 PM
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Saturday, May 25
AAPI

Jai Ho Musical Concert

featuring Sukhwinder Singh & Amruta Fadnavis

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 8:00 PM
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Friday, May 31
CAPA

Rob Lowe

Stories I Only Tell My Friends

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 8:00 PM
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Saturday, June 8
Boundless Entertainment

Sultry Soul Series

featuring Kelly Price & Eric Benet

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 8:00 PM
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Thursday, July 11
Right Angle Entertainment

James Charles

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:30 PM
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Sunday, September 15
Outback Concerts

An Evening with Vince Gill

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:30 PM
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Tuesday, October 8
CAPA

Peppa Pig Live!

Peppa Pig's Adventure

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 6:00 PM
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Friday, October 11
Bethel Music

Bethel Music: Victory Tour

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:00 PM
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Wednesday, October 16
Live Nation

The Head and the Heart

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:30 PM
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Sunday, October 20
CAPA

An Evening with David Sedaris

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 3:00 PM
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Friday, November 8
Outback Concerts

Bert Kreischer

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:00 PM
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Friday, November 22
Live Nation Comedy

Nick Offerman

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 8:00 PM
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Saturday, November 23
Outback Concerts

Darci Lynne and Friends Live

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:00 PM
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Sunday, November 24
CAPA

Wild Kratts Live 2.0: Activate Creature Power!

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Event Starts 1:00 PM
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On Sale Soon
January 1011
Broadway in Columbus

Jersey Boys

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