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Ohio Theatre History

Welcome to the historic Ohio Theatre! The architect who designed the Ohio Theatre was named Thomas W. Loew. He wanted to build the Ohio Theatre as “a palace for the average man.” The Ohio Theatre opened in 1928 as the Loew’s movie house, complete with its own orchestra and theatre organ named the ‘Mighty Morton.’

The Ohio Theatre has 2,791 seats, and if you look up, you will see a breathtaking 21-foot-high chandelier! With more than 100 performances each year, the Ohio Theatre is one of the state’s busiest performing arts facilities.

To decorate and furnish the Ohio Theatre, Thomas W. Loew chose Anne Dornan, one of the first women to graduate from the Columbia School of Architecture. Anne Dornan traveled around the world to select pieces of art and furniture. She even went on a safari to find decorations for the “Africa Corner” in the lower lounge of the Ohio Theatre. Approximately 1 million dollars was spent on art and furniture – more than the cost of the building itself!

We can’t wait to see you in person at the Ohio Theatre!

Prepare for your visit by clicking below and taking a virtual tour.


Look at all the pretty decorations on the walls!

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Orchestra Level and Stage

Wow! Imagine how it sounds with dozens of musicians on stage!

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Imagine how high up you are when sitting here!

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Green Room

This is where the musicians warm-up and get ready to play.

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