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The 5 best performing arts spots in Columbus

Shadowbox Live | Photo: Rob M./Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on January 06, 2020.

Looking for the best performing arts spots near you?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top such venues around Columbus, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list. Read on for details.

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1. Shadowbox Live

Photo: jayme h./Yelp

First on the list is Shadowbox Live. Located at 503 S. Front St., Suite 260, in the Brewery District, it's the highest-rated performing arts spot in Columbus, boasting 4.5 stars out of 159 reviews on Yelp. The theater is a comedy club that also hosts musical events.

2. Ohio Theatre

Photo: Jennifer S./Yelp

Next up is downtown's historic Ohio Theatre, at 39 E. State St. With 4.5 stars out of 83 reviews on Yelp, the performing arts spot has proven to be a local favorite.

3. Lincoln Theatre

Photo: marlena M./Yelp

King-Lincoln's Lincoln Theatre, at 769 E. Long St., is another top choice. Yelpers give the performing arts spot five stars out of 16 reviews.

4. Wexner Center for the Arts

Photo: Tiarra H./Yelp

Wexner Center For the Arts, an art gallery, cinema and performing arts spot at The Ohio State University, is another much-loved go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 52 Yelp reviews. Head over to 1871 N. High St. to see for yourself.

5. Southern Theatre

Photo: cathay W./Yelp

And then there's the Southern Theatre, a downtown performing arts favorite with 4.5 stars out of 31 reviews. It's at 21 E. Main St., in an 1890s-era hotel (now known as The Westin Great Southern Columbus) that fronts on South High Street. 


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