Built in 1896, this is one of the oldest theatres in the state of Ohio. It had fallen into disuse for nearly two decades in the 80s and 90s, but a massive restoration project brought the establishment back to its full splendour. Now, the lighting and the acoustics are better than ever! The historic style of a 'jewel box' style has been preserved, and it has 933 seats - large, but small enough to feel properly intimate. There are two main kinds of shows performed here now: concerts by the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Chamber Music Columbus, and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra; and runs of travelling Broadway shows.
Southern Theatre Travel Tips
- Parking garage is across the street.
Entrance Ticket Details For Southern Theatre
- Admission prices vary by shows. Check the CAPA website for details.
Southern Theatre Hours
- Box office opens 2 hours before showtime.
- Opening times vary by shows. Check the CAPA website for details.
How to Reach Southern Theatre
- Buses 27, 37, 57, 64 stop S 3rd St & E Main St
- Buses 1, 2,3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 15, 16, 18, 19, 36, 38, 47, 54, 55, 67 stop S High St & E Rich St
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14.56% of people who visit Columbus City include Southern Theatre in their plan
4 PM - 5 PM
90.24% of people start their Southern Theatre visit around 4 PM - 5 PM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Southern Theatre
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Southern Theatre
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Southern Theatre Reviews & Ratings
Great theater. Every seat has a great view. Speaking of seats they are pretty comfortable. The sound is also top-notch. They get some great shows coming here. To a whole class of kindergarteners here for a field trip. They were very helpful and accommodating. Would go back again.
Great, quaint, historical theater. Not a bad seat in it. Friendly staff. Twice I've felt the bar closed far, far too early though. Couldn't purchase even a water with over an hour left in the show. Bizarre really. Line for the drinking fountain which was upstairs tucked away around a corner by the men's restroom.
Menopause the Musical...all the single ladies on stage. Very nice theater. Smaller than the State or Palace. Love the CAPA staff and volunteers. So courteous and professional.
Went to an Opera Columbus presentation of Rigoletto here, and it was terrific! The southern theater is a great venue. Great acoustics, very intimate, comfy seats. Parking was a bit of a headache (had to drive around for awhile in the garage across the street before we found a spot that wasn't reserved). Still, completely worth it.
Great venue to see/hear musicans do their thing. Comfortable and intimate...