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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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A beautiful theater with phenomenal acoustics

Visited this Theater this weekend, all of the staff was extremely helpful and professional. The theater itself is beautiful, the seats were very comfortable and roomy which was... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Beckley, West Virginia
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Beckley, West Virginia
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84 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited this Theater this weekend, all of the staff was extremely helpful and professional. The theater itself is beautiful, the seats were very comfortable and roomy which was nice not rubbing shoulders and elbows with the person sitting beside you. The sound acoustics and lighting was terrific. If there's a performance being held here of someone you're interested in seeing... More 

Thank RoamingMountaineer
New York City, New York
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322 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

The Southern Theatre is by far my favorite venue in the Columbus Ohio area for live music. One often hears the phrase, "there is not a bad seat in the house." This is more true at the Southern than any other theater anywhere in the world, and I have visited many lovely theaters from New York to London to Chicago,... More 

Thank AtlanticTyger
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

The Southern is one of Columbus' Grand Dames. Stunning pretty and acoustically pure. The building itself has been restored to its glory -- with ample nearby parking. On event nights, Columbus Police help patrons across the street and there are plenty of nearby eateries and watering holes taking care of just about any taste. This venue has three floors and... More 

Thank Jim H
Columbus, Oh
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305 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 258 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016

Was there on a Tuesday night for an excellent John Hiatt concert. Beautiful theater. I think it’s from the 1800’s. Fell into disrepair and was lovingly restored. Great acoustics! Everyone working/volunteering there is friendly and helpful. I’ve loved a couple shows here but forgot how cramped the balcony was. I highly recommend the floor seating, but not the upper level... More 

Thank UsuallyNotGrumpy
Columbus, Ohio
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21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2016

Nestled amongst the numerous modern buildings in downtown Columbus is the Southern Theater, home of Opera Columbus Opera. In Columbus Ohio? That's what I thought too. I have always wanted to attend a live opera, but always thought I'd have to go to New York or San Fransisco. Not the case! Right here in Columbus, we have a World Class... More 

Thank Russell T
Las Vegas, New Mexico
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22 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 June 2016

I have attended many operas at the Southern Theater, most recently "La Traviata". The space is intimate, acoustics fantastic. The main floor places the audience member as if they are mingled with the performers. The seats are comfortable and the view from ceiling to floor spectacular, perfected restoration from the gilded age (the theater opened in 1896). The mezzanine is... More 

Thank MaggieGx1
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 May 2016 via mobile

The theater is just beautiful. Since it was built for musical performances, the acoustics are superb. It is smaller and more intimate than the Ohio Theater. You will enjoy it.

Thank Travelwithourkids
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165 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2016 via mobile

We went to the Southern Theater last night to watch the Columbus Jazz Orchestra play. What an amazing venue! We sat in the second balcony and the sound was terrific. Word to the wise, if you are afraid of heights, you may want lower seats- my hands were shaking coming down the stairs! We were told this used to be... More 

Thank Michelle W
Irvine, California, United States
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79 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2016 via mobile

The exterior does not begin to foretell what a treat this theater is. It is visually stunning and the acoustics were excellent. Enjoy a performance in this beautiful theater, it is intimate. We went first to the hotel bar next door which was perfect. There is a parking garage directly across the street from the theater, too. All factored in... More 

Thank Nancy P
Columbus, Ohio
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Reviewed 22 December 2015

We attended a performance of the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, it was excellent and Vadim Gluzman was incredible on violin.

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