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21 E. Main Street
Columbus, OH 43215 USA
Certain engagements and performances at this theatre may be canceled or postponed due to COVID-19. Those with tickets for canceled or postponed performances should contact their point of purchase for information. For questions regarding upcoming performance schedules, please contact the venue directly by visiting their official website.The oldest surviving theatre in central Ohio and one of the oldest in the state, the Southern Theatre opened in 1896 as part of a performance space and hotel complex on the corner of High and Main Streets. The Southern was designed for theatrical touring productions and later accommodated silent films, vaudeville, first-and second-run motion pictures, dance, country music reviews, and community events. Over its stage life, the Southern hosted performing celebrities, including singer Lillian Russell, actors Ethel and Lionel Barrymore, Maude Adams, Sarah Bernhardt, dancers Anna Pavalova and Isadora Duncan, John Phillip Sousa, Al Jolson, George M. Cohen, Mae West, and W.C. Fields. Closed in 1979, the theatre was gifted to CAPA in 1986. In 1998, following an intensive, fourteen-month CAPA-led restoration, the 933-seat jewelbox Southern Theatre reopened as a beautiful, accessible, and lively link to our community's past and its bright future.