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Southern Theater

21 E. Main Street, Columbus, OH 43215-4264
614 340-1896
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Ranked #21 of 76 Attractions in Columbus
Type: Theaters
Description: A Victorian-era theater now used for Broadway shows.
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Columbus, Ohio
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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54 reviews 54 reviews
20 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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Ohio
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84 reviews 84 reviews
25 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Warm, intimate setting. Good acoustics. Easy to get to and from. We go there for the Columbus Jazz Orchestra and the ProMusica performances.

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Columbus, Ohio
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13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

This is a forgotten theater that has been refurbished. The theater is so well built that you do not have to have a microphone to project your voice from the stage. At one time this theater has held such musicians as John Phillip Suza and his band to vaudeville productions that were on tour.

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Columbus, Ohio, United States
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95 reviews 95 reviews
28 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

When CAPA took over the Southern Theatre, I was really excited. Finally Columbus was going to get another beautifully restored theatre downtown. Well, they did and they didn't. The lobby is fairly non-existent, and the bathrooms, though nicely modernized are not exactly easy to find. They did a lovely job restoring the auditorium, until you start examining the seating closely.... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

Fantastic Acoustics and great sight lines. This is the perfect size theater. I wish they had more concert here.

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Columbus, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

An intimate, acoustically perfect theater, showing smaller venues of plays, musical groups, jazz orchestra, dancing, etc. And there is no seat where the sound isn't perfect. Even in the highest level balcony.

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Columbus, OH
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22 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

We frequently go to the Southern Theater for opera performances, and have seen a few plays there, too. It is a much smaller venue than the Ohio Theater or the Palace, but is a great place to watch a show.

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