Downtown's Playhouse Square is the world's largest theater restoration project, and the country's largest performing arts center outside of Lincoln Center in New York City. Eleven performing spaces – the Palace, State, Ohio, Allen, Hanna, East 14th Street, Second Stage, Lab Stage, Westfield Insurance Studio Theatre, Kennedy's Cabaret, and the outdoor Star Plaza provide a home for touring Broadway shows, concerts, comedy, opera, dance and children's programming.
The original five venues (Ohio, Palace, State, Allen and Hanna) were constructed in the pre-Great Depression 1920s in a restrained classical style, with lavish use of marble, expensive woods, murals, tapestries and gilded plaster relief. They're worth a visit, even when there's no show going on.
In the 1970s, a grass-roots effort saved the historic theatres from the wrecking ball, restoring and re-opening them one by one, ushering in a new era of downtown revitalization, which was heralded as "one of the top 10 successes in Cleveland history."
A visit to Playhouse Square should be near the top of your "To Do" list when you're in Cleveland. Free theater tours on the first Saturday of each month (Jan. - Nov.). Tours leave every 15 minutes, between 10am and 11:45am from the State Theatre lobby.
Tickets, Tickets, Tickets:
With so many spaces, there is always something on the stages at PlayhouseSquare on nearly every night or day of the week, with a variety of options to please all tastes and budgets. It's worth a phone call, you can reach the box office at 877.235.7366.
Or, take a chance on a Smart Seat.
Many of the shows at PlayhouseSquare offer an innovative, inexpensive way to buy a ticket - Smart Seats. Choose from Broadway shows, dance performances, musical concerts, comedy events, children's theater, plays and more for the smart price of only $10 or $20. Call 877.235.7366 and ask if Smart Seats are available for a specific engagement; new Smart Seats- participating shows are added throughout the season.