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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, September 10
Outback Presents

Sebastian Maniscalco

Nobody Does This Tour

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Thursday, September 16
Outback Presents

Leanne Morgan

The Big Panty Tour

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Saturday, September 18
Icon Concerts

Jo Koy

Just Kidding World Tour

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 8:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Tuesday, September 21
CAPA

Neil deGrasse Tyson

An Astrophysicist Goes to the Movies

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:30 PM
Palace Theatre
Wednesday, September 22
CAPA

The Price Is Right Live™

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 8:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Thursday, October 7
CAPA

Napoleon Dynamite

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

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:30 PM
Palace Theatre
Saturday, October 9
Mills Entertainment

Theresa Caputo

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:30 PM
Palace Theatre
Monday, October 18
Pepper & Outback Presents

The Greatest Hits of Foreigner

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:30 PM
Palace Theatre
Wednesday, October 20
Rush Concerts

Crowder

The Milk & Honey Tour

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Friday, October 22
Outback Presents

Heather McMahan

The Farewell Tour

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 8:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Friday, October 29
Outback Presents

Nate Bargatze

The Raincheck Tour

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Tuesday, November 2
Live Nation

Chicago: Live in Concert

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:30 PM
Palace Theatre
Tuesday, November 9
CAPA

L.O.L. Surprise!™

Calling All B.B.s

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 6:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Saturday, November 13
Live Nation

Chelsea Handler

Vaccinated and Horny Tour

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:30 PM
Palace Theatre
Friday, November 19
CAPA

Ron White

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 8:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Saturday, November 20
Outback Presents

Taylor Tomlinson

Deal With It Tour

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Sunday, November 28
J&R Adventures

Joe Bonamassa

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 8:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Tuesday, December 7
CAPA

Pandora Presents Disney Princess - The Concert

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:00 PM
Palace Theatre
December 1419
Broadway in Columbus

Fiddler on the Roof

Palace Theatre
Palace Theatre
On Sale TBA
Tuesday, December 21
AEG

Straight No Chaser

Back in the High Life Tour

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:30 PM
Palace Theatre
Friday, January 21
Live Nation

Brian Regan

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 8:00 PM
Palace Theatre
March 1112
Broadway in Columbus

BEAUTIFUL - The Carole King Musical: POSTPONED

Palace Theatre
Palace Theatre
On Sale TBA
Friday, March 18
CAPA

Alton Brown Live

Beyond The Eats

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:30 PM
Palace Theatre
Saturday, April 9
Celtic on Tour LLC

Celtic Woman: Postcards from Ireland

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:30 PM
Palace Theatre