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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

Thursday, January 27
CAPA and Outback Presents

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

with Adia Victoria

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 8:00 PM
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Saturday, February 12
Columbus Symphony

Michael Cavanaugh - Music of the Great Singer Songwriters

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 8:00 PM
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Saturday, February 19
Live Nation

Darius Rucker

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 8:00 PM
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Saturday, February 26
Voice Art Group

Russian Ballet Theatre presents Swan Lake

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:30 PM
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March 4 6
Nationwide Children's Hospital Foundation

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella

Butterfly Guild of Nationwide Children’s Hospital

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Palace Theatre
March 1112
Broadway in Columbus

BEAUTIFUL - The Carole King Musical

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Palace Theatre
Thursday, March 17
MagicSpace

The Bachelor Live on Stage

Sponsored by Kendra Scott

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

Alton Brown Live

Beyond The Eats

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:30 PM
Palace Theatre
Saturday, March 19
CAPA

Rain – A Tribute to the Beatles

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:30 PM
Palace Theatre
Monday, March 21
Live Nation

Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros featuring The Wolfpack

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:00 PM
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Saturday, April 2
CAPA and IAE

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™ in Concert

Featuring Columbus Symphony

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 2:00 PM
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Wednesday, April 6
Five Senses Reeling

Trixie And Katya Live

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 8:00 PM
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Friday, April 8
CAPA

Black Violin

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
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Friday, April 22
CAPA

Ron White

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 8:00 PM
Palace Theatre
April 2324
Outback Presents

Bert Kreischer: The Berty Boy Relapse Tour

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Palace Theatre
Saturday, April 30
Outback Presents

David Spade: Catch Me Inside

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:00 PM
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Thursday, May 5
CAPA

Johnny Mathis

The Voice of Romance Tour

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 8:00 PM
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Saturday, May 7
WestBeth Entertainment

Professor Brian Cox - Horizons

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Event Starts 8:00 PM
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Wednesday, May 18
CAPA

Neil Gaiman

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:30 PM
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Sunday, May 22
CAPA

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Live

Neighbor Day

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Event Starts 4:00 PM
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Sunday, May 29
Outback Presents

Tom Segura

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Wednesday, June 8
Outback Presents

The Masked Singer National Tour 2022

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:30 PM
Palace Theatre
Wednesday, August 10
DDA Inc.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Thursday, October 27
Outback Presents

Jim Jefferies: The Moist Tour

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:00 PM
Palace Theatre
Tuesday, December 6
CAPA

Pandora Presents Disney Princess - The Concert

Palace Theatre
Event Starts 7:00 PM
Palace Theatre