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Address: 21 E Main St, Columbus, OH 43215-5115
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+1 614-340-1896

A Victorian-era theater now used for Broadway shows.

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Great Acoustics, Great Entertainers, yet Boutique sized

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... read more

Reviewed September 24, 2014
Columbus, Ohio
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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
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.

Thank Ohiomitch
Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
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.

Thank Thompsonian
Cincinnati, Ohio
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8 reviews
Reviewed July 20, 2014

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

Thank 1974chickenlady
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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

1 Thank Juanita G
Shaker Heights, Ohio, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
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!

1 Thank AdventureTraveler113
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
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.

Thank travellight47
Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
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.

Thank Bill W
Columbus, Ohio, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
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 

Thank Brent B
Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed August 16, 2013

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

Thank OpusPenguin
Columbus, Ohio
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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.

Thank Dee Z

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