Local professional theater, national acts, comedy, dramatic works, Broadway shows, dance and more can all be found at the various theaters and stages throughout Columbus at any time of the year.
In Columbus' Theater District, there are four large theaters, The Palace, The Ohio, The Southern and The Lincoln, and three smaller spaces bringing you everything from ballet and opera to avant-garde plays. The Wexner Center for the Arts puts on frequent dance, theater and music performances that bring in artists from around the world. During the summer months, the Columbus Symphony brings outdoor concerts to downtown's Columbus Commons for its popular Picnic with the Pops series. The Brewery District's Shadowbox Live! is America's largest resident theater company and performances range from the comedic to the artsy. Short North Stage, located in the historic Garden Theater in Columbus’ Short North Arts District, offers theatrical productions and cabaret acts throughout the year.
Columbus' film scene is growing by the day. With Hollywood knocking on our doors as a location for such films as I am Wrath and 478, there's a growing local film production industry. The Columbus College of Art and Design's film program educates some of the best animators in the nation, with several recent alumni earning Oscars for their work on Frozen. When you visit, you'll find a big variety of arthouse screening locations, like Studio 35 in Clintonville, The Drexel in Bexley, The Gateway Film Center near Campus and the Grandview Theater in Grandview.