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Ohio Theatre

This theater is the gold-and-red velvet crown of Ohio, featuring exciting musicals and concerts on its lavish Baroque-style stage.

Ohio Theatre is truly a landmark attraction in downtown Columbus. Narrowly escaping demolition in 1969, the historic movie palace was restored to its former late-20s splendor and transformed into a grand performing arts center and state treasure. The theater’s extravagant Spanish Baroque-style interior now houses a modern performance space fit to show headlining tour acts and classic Columbus favorites. Spectacular symphony orchestras, contemporary dance, musicals and touring entertainers fill the 2,791-seat theater with excited audience members throughout the year.

See one of the many reputable performance groups that call this theater home, such as the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, BalletMet and the Broadway Series. Join the long-running Summer Movie Series and catch a Hollywood classic or new feature film. Performances of all genres from all over the world make their first stop in the state at the “Official Theatre for the State of Ohio,” due to its state-of-the-art stage, quality acoustics and distinctive lavish red velvet and gilt decorations.

This magnificent theater and its quality performances promise a memorable night so treat yourself and loved ones to an exciting evening out in downtown Columbus. You’ll find many restaurants and cafés in the immediate vicinity, especially on nearby High Street and Gay Street. On performance nights, the area is filled with theatergoers, so experience the atmosphere over dinner and some wine before heading to the show. Afterward, grab a drink or two in one of the chic downtown bars and swap reviews of the night’s performance.

Ohio Theatre is centrally located in downtown Columbus, half a block from the main South Third Street. Several major bus stops are within a short walk of the theater and service runs until approximately midnight each night. Taxis frequent the area, but if you plan to have a late night, make sure you book your cab in advance. Check the theater’s website to see what performances are playing during your stay in Columbus.


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Lodging Near Ohio Theatre

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$94
Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square

Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square

75 E State St, Columbus
4.2
of 5, from 1,018 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the city's downtown theater district, the Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square is across from the state capitol complex, less than a mile from the Greater Columbus Convention Center, close to German Village and casino.

$99
Hyatt Regency Columbus

Hyatt Regency Columbus

350 N High St, Columbus
4.2
of 5, from 1,005 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

This Columbus hotel is 2 blocks from Nationwide Arena and the Short North Arts District, and 4 blocks from the Columbus Museum of Art and several theaters.

$99
Red Roof PLUS+ Columbus Downtown - Convention Center

Red Roof PLUS+ Columbus Downtown - Convention Center

111 E. Nationwide Blvd., Columbus
4.1
of 5, from 2,154 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Columbus, this hotel is close to Nationwide Arena, Columbus Museum of Art, and COSI. Area attractions also include Ohio State University and Ohio Stadium.

$161
Hotel LeVeque, Autograph Collection

Hotel LeVeque, Autograph Collection

50 West Broad Street, Columbus
4.7
of 5, from 40 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Scioto Mile, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Palace Theatre and COSI. Columbus Museum of Art and Ohio State University are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$94
Holiday Inn Columbus Downtown Capitol Square

Holiday Inn Columbus Downtown Capitol Square

175 East Town St, Columbus
3.8
of 5, from 736 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Discovery District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Columbus Commons, Ohio Theatre, and Ohio Statehouse. Greater Columbus Convention Center is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) away.

$101
The Westin Columbus

The Westin Columbus

310 S High St, Columbus
3.9
of 5, from 657 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This historic downtown gem is adjacent to the Southern Theater, four blocks from the state capitol and German Village, and one mile from the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

$118
Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel

Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel

50 N 3rd St, Columbus
4.2
of 5, from 509 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

This 21-story downtown hotel is 2 blocks from the Ohio Statehouse and 3 blocks from Columbus City Center shopping; the convention center and German Village are both within 1 mile.

$129
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Columbus Downtown

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Columbus Downtown

50 S Front St, Columbus
4.0
of 5, from 674 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Scioto Mile, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Palace Theatre and COSI. Columbus Museum of Art and Ohio State University are also within 3 mi (5 km).