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Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center

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Address: Second and Main Sts, Dayton, OH 45402
Phone Number: 937 228 3630
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Outstanding in every way

This jewel of a performing arts center has everything-- opera, Broadway, ballet, you name it. I recently saw the Broadway productions of The Illusionists and The Texas Tenors... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 26, 2015
Katherine D
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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42 reviews 42 reviews
20 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

This jewel of a performing arts center has everything-- opera, Broadway, ballet, you name it. I recently saw the Broadway productions of The Illusionists and The Texas Tenors. Both were outstanding. The ushers and house managers are always ready to help if there is a problem. I appreciate their strict guidelines regarding the use of cell phone and photographs. If... More 

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Kettering, Ohio
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

The Schuster Performing Arts Center is a true architectural gem found in Dayton, Ohio, a middle sized, mid-west city. Its architect was Cesar Pelli & Associates, noted for, among other wonderful creations, their work on designing the Petronas Towers (at one time the world’s tallest building, and featured in Mission Impossible 3) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The ‘Schuster’ is the... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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5 reviews 5 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

I've been here several times but only twice for shows (Wicked, The Addams Family) Both shows were good (Wicked was amazing) but what made it so great is that they were afforded a stage size large enough to put on marvelous performances. Schuster is small, but large enough to hold many productions. The seats were comfortable, and it didn't seem... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

This center, in downtown Dayton, is the home of a number of Dayton Performing Arts groups, including the Philharmonic, Ballet and Opera. And frequent live theatrical productions are on the docket. The acoustics are incredible, and there is not a bad seat in the house. And with the added benefit of Citilites, a restaurant that serves lunch every weekday, and... More 

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Fort Myers, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

The staff was very engaging. One staffer took the time to explain the unique architecture. I experienced crystal clear audio during the Broadway musical and all seating appeared excellent. My seats certainly were. I attended the after show gathering with some of the perfomers.

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Centerville, OH
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I misread the seating chart, and instead of purchasing tickets for the Nutcracker in the first row center of the highest balcony, I purchased DEAD LAST ROW center of the whole theater! oops. My family was a little miffed, to say the least. However, we could see everything, although a mighty bit small, and could even hear the ballerina's toes... More 

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Columbus, Indiana
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Beautiful venue. Seating is excellent. Ample parking around the building. It was very easy to locate. Very nice inside and out. Would love to go again.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

We have been to many programs at the Schuster Cntr. and each time it is a treat! It is an opulent experience. The decor alone is worth seeing. If you ever get a chance to do a guided tour (offered from time to time) do it! The history of the Center is worth finding out about!

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Dayton, Ohio
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The Schuster offers Broadway plays, concerts, motivation speakers, ballet, etc. The schedule at the Schuster can stand up with the Broadway playhouses. Beautiful deco inside and out; glass-enclosed atrium with a very impressive ceiling that circles up to the stars. The stars are tribute to Daytons own Wright Brothers. The stars depict the appearance on the eve of the Wright... More 

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Troy, Ohio
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67 reviews 67 reviews
16 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I have been to this theatre several times and no matter where we sat the view was wonderful. If you get there early enough you can park on the street; however, given that it is in downtown Dayton I prefer to park in the parking lot next to the building. The attached restaurant is also very good. You can make... More 

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