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Address: 21 E. Main Street, Columbus, OH 43215-4264
Phone Number: 614 340-1896
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Description: A Victorian-era theater now used for Broadway shows.

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American Roots Festival- Columbus Symphony Orchestra

We loved this venue for the third install of The American Roots Fest presenting Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue recreated in its original format and was a beautiful production in a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
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Columbus, Ohio
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Columbus, Ohio
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63 reviews 63 reviews
19 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We loved this venue for the third install of The American Roots Fest presenting Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue recreated in its original format and was a beautiful production in a great venue. The theater has wonderful acoustics and is a small personal theater- there are no bad seats.

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Columbus, Ohio
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44 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

The Southern Theater was renovated the year I moved to Columbus (1998). It is incredibly ornate and visually stunning. The seats in the second balcony are tough because there is so little leg room but the sound and view upstairs is excellent. Treat yourself and sit in the mezzanine level or on the floor. Beautiful!

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Pataskala, Ohio
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46 reviews 46 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We attended a concert by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and were completely entranced. The theatre is gorgeous. It is small and intimate. It is full of beautiful old wood and great chandeliers. The staff were so cordial and friendly. They treated as though we were old friends. A perfect night.

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Columbus, Ohio
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Indeed, this is a quaint yet beautiful theatre! The acoustics are great! The seats are good, though avoid the sides (you won't enjoy the full view of the stage).

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Columbus, Ohio, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This is a beautifully redone place, that is really central to the attempt to revitalize a section of columbus, that has been historically poor and under-developed. Go see a wonderful play, then go patronize the area places, this place is on its' way up...

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Columbus, Ohio
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163 reviews 163 reviews
59 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This gem was saved from the wrecking ball, then sold to the Westin chain. It's the home of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, and many other musical events in Columbus. If you have a chance to visit, there isn't a bad seat on the first floor or first balcony. The second balcony is a little steep.

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Columbus, Ohio
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

It's an old Victorian style theater with a lot of charm. Seating is prompt and the acoustics are good. We've been there for the Messiah Sing Along and a Broadway show and both times we enjoyed ourselves. The leg room isn't that great though.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Great show, prompt seating, great acoustics, very friendly staff. Highly recommend this venue. This theatre is architecturally fascinating as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

The theater looked great on the inside although you would not believe it looks that good from the outside. Went to the Jazz show April 12, it was awasome. Loved it

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Shaker Heights, Ohio, United States
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63 reviews 63 reviews
24 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Acoustics are fantastic. However, there are no elevators and some of the stairs are fairly steep. Also, some seats have cramped legroom. But clearly a great place to see a show!

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