Ohio Theater

1511 Euclid Ave
Cleveland OH  44115

Phone: (216) 771-4444

Ohio Theater

The Ohio Theatre is a theater on Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, part of Playhouse Square. The theater was built by Marcus Loew's Loew's Ohio Theatres company. It was designed by Thomas W. Lamb in the Italian Renaissance style, and was intended to present legitimate plays. The theater opened on February 14, 1921, with 1,338 seats. The foyer featured three murals depicting the story of Venus, and the balcony contained paintings of Arcadia. Throughout the 1920s, the Ohio had a stock company and hosted traveling Broadway plays.In 1935, the theater was redecorated in an Art Deco style and transformed into a supper club called the Mayfair Casino. The owners hoped to turn the establishment into an actual casino, but since gambling was not allowed in Ohio, the Mayfair closed in 1936. The Loew's Theatres chain reopened the Ohio in 1943 as a first-run movie theater. A 1964 lobby fire also damaged the auditorium interior. The theater was reopened again after the lobby was rebuilt along modern lines. The auditorium was painted red to hide smoke damage. Decreasing patronage caused the theater to close in early February 1969, along with the rest of the Playhouse Square theaters. Twice the Ohio and State Theatres were threatened with razing in order to build a parking lot; in 1972, when the buildings were saved by public outcry, and again in 1977. The Playhouse Square Foundation responded by obtaining a long-term lease for the theaters, and the Loew's Building was purchased by Cuyahoga County. In 1978, the Ohio was added to the National Register of Historic Places, along with the rest of the Playhouse Square group.

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Vertigo Dance Company

Vertigo Dance Company
07:30 pm - 03/09/2019

At Ohio Theater

Grounded and organic yet driven and unyielding, Vertigo’s dancers attack the contemporary movement with an honesty that engages audience members to feel the vulnerability...

Beijing Dance Theater

Beijing Dance Theater
07:30 pm - 02/02/2019

At Ohio Theater

Beijing Dance Theater makes its Ohio debut with two beautifully lush performances featuring two remarkable works. Founded in 2008, Beijing Dance Theater (BDT) is...

Ballet Hispanico

Ballet Hispanico
07:30 pm - 11/10/2018

At Ohio Theater

Combine passion, dazzling elegance, and an infectious energy together and you get the remarkable Ballet Hispanico! Performing at Playhouse Square for both an evening...

Snarky Puppy

Snarky Puppy
06:00 pm - 06/30/2018

At Ohio Theater

Three-time Grammy Award-winning band Snarky Puppy is a Texas-bred/New York-based quasi-collective with as many as 25 members in regular rotation. The band represents...

Joshua Redman

Joshua Redman
06:00 pm - 06/29/2018

At Ohio Theater

Legendary saxophonist Joshua Redman brings his Still Dreaming quartet to Cleveland this June. The group features trumpeter Ron Miles, bassist Scott Colley, and drummer...

Alice

Alice
08:00 pm - 05/11/2018

At Ohio Theater

Alice – presented by Cleveland Ballet Alice – Cleveland Ballet has commissioned Margo Sappington to create a World Premier work of this magnificent and imaginative...

What Do You Do With An Idea?” World Premiere

What Do You Do With An Idea?” World Premiere
07:00 pm - 03/21/2018

At Ohio Theater

Inlet Dance Theatre’s “What Do You Do With An Idea?” is a dance theatre adaptation of the New York Times bestselling children’s book by Kobi Yamada, illustrated...

Che Malambo

Che Malambo
07:30 pm - 03/17/2018

At Ohio Theater

The powerhouse, all-male, Argentinian dance company, Che Malambo, excites audiences with their percussive dance and music spectacle. Since its premiere in Paris...

NPR Politics Podcast: Live from Cleveland

NPR Politics Podcast: Live from Cleveland
07:30 pm - 02/23/2018

At Ohio Theater

The NPR Politics Podcast, in partnership with NPR Member stations WKSU and 90.3 WCPN ideastream®, is bringing its must-listen political analysis and discussion...

Grupo Corpo- Matinee

Grupo Corpo- Matinee
03:00 pm - 01/21/2018

At Ohio Theater

Brazil's Grupo Corpo heats things up with a winter performance of effortless movement and overflowing creativity. The highly sought after contemporary company was...

Grupo Corpo at Playhouse Square!

Grupo Corpo at Playhouse Square!
03:00 pm - 01/21/2018

At Ohio Theater

Brazil's Grupo Corpo heats things up with a winter performance of effortless movement and overflowing creativity. The highly sought after contemporary company was...

Grupo Corpo

Grupo Corpo
07:30 pm - 01/20/2018

At Ohio Theater

Brazil's Grupo Corpo heats things up with a winter performance of effortless movement and overflowing creativity. The highly sought after contemporary company was...

Shopkins Live! In Cleveland, OH

Shopkins Live! In Cleveland, OH
07:00 pm - 12/15/2017

At Ohio Theater

Shopkins Live! Shop It Up! Tickets are $17.50 , $25, $35, $45 & $100* in advance | $1.00 increase day of show * Each VIP Package includes: • One (1) premium...

Paul Taylor Dance Company

Paul Taylor Dance Company
07:30 pm - 11/11/2017

At Ohio Theater

The classic modern dance favorite, Paul Taylor Dance Company returns to Cleveland to perform some of the company's most beloved favorites! The program will include...

The Colored Museum at Playhouse Square

The Colored Museum at Playhouse Square
07:30 pm - 11/02/2017

At Ohio Theater

THE COLORED MUSEUM Presented in three performances at The Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square Nov 2, 3, & 4 at 7:30pm Ticket Prices are: $20 general admission,...

The Manhattan Transfer with The Hazelnuts

The Manhattan Transfer with The Hazelnuts
07:30 pm - 10/17/2017

At Ohio Theater

In 2017, THE MANHATTAN TRANSFER celebrate their 45th anniversary. Over that time, they’ve sold millions of records; recorded with the likes of Tony Bennett, Better...

LADO - Ohio Theater

LADO - Ohio Theater
08:00 pm - 10/07/2017

At Ohio Theater

Brian Brooks

Brian Brooks
07:30 pm - 08/05/2017

At Ohio Theater

Closing the week-long dance festival in Cleveland, Brain Brooks will exhibit the beauty and innovation of modern dance! Set to Max Richter's version of Vivaldi's...

Diego Figueiredo/Anat Cohen - 2017 Tri-C JazzFest CLE

Diego Figueiredo/Anat Cohen - 2017 Tri-C JazzFest CLE
03:30 pm - 06/24/2017

At Ohio Theater

Diego Figueiredo's music is a fusion between Jazz, Bossa Nova and Classical. Diego’s unique interpretations, along with his phenomenal technique and emotion, has...

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