Ohio Theatre

3114 LaGrange Street,
Toledo, OH 43608

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Architects: Manfred M. Stophlet, Mark B. Stophlet

Firms: Stophlet & Stophlet

Functions: Movies (Film Festivals), Performing Arts

Styles: Neo-Classical

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 419.720.8952

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Former Deluxe Potato Chips next to the Ohio Theater...3114 Lagrange (Photo by Russ Haudan)

The Ohio Theatre opened its doors for the first time on February 28, 1921; with the film “The Mark of Zorro” starring Douglas Fairbanks. With 1,800 seats, the Ohio Theatre was Toledo’s third largest movie palace and was described by the Toledo Blade as ‘one of the most beautiful theatres in Toledo’.

Currently, the Ohio Theatre seats 964 and features live performances. The Ohio Theatre also produces an annual community-based musical, and sponsors a community chorus which performs concerts throughout the area.

The Ohio Theatre is also proud to be the home of The Toledo Area Theatre Organ Society. TATOS preserves and maintains the restored Marr Colton 4 manual 12 ranks theatre organ (installed in 1975 from the now razed Rivoli Theatre). TATOS presents concerts featuring well known organists and works diligently to maintain an important link to Toledo’s past.

The Ohio Theatre is operated by the Children’s Theatre Workshop which strives to preserve and improve the historic theatre for many generations to come. Restoration work began in 2008 and was completed in April 2013.

Contributed by Evan J. Chase

Recent comments (view all 17 comments)

ToledoCalifornia on June 27, 2008 at 4:30 pm

This is Mike Young in San Diego. How did the Ohio Theater facade crisis turn out. Also… I notice on this list a few Toledo theaters are missing, but then maybe they don’t qualify: The 1909 (?) Opera House in the Collingwood Arts Center, the i925(?)Shakespeare Theater at the Toledo Zoo, the stunning 1933 Peristyle at the Toledo Museum of Art, the Franscian Art Center (Sylvania), and the Stranahan Center on Heatherdowns Boulevard.

stevepatrick on February 8, 2010 at 10:34 pm

Any updates on The Ohio Theater in Toledo? From what I have read it appears the non-profit group that ran the theater sold it to a developer who is going to renovate the place then sell it back to them. Is this the case? Do you have a contact for the person who heads this non-profit group? Thanks for any info you can share.
Kind Regards,

W Frisk
W Frisk on April 15, 2011 at 10:02 pm

The architectural firm was a local one named Stophlet & Stophlet. The Ohio was the only theatre they designed. It is another stadium style built on a lot which is not square, so the stage and the lobby are triangular in shape with a very small wall on the short side.

rivest266 on February 1, 2014 at 10:08 am

February 26th, 1921 grand opening ad can now be found in this theatre’s opening section.

rivest266 on February 1, 2014 at 10:09 am

Official website: http://www.ohiotheatretoledo.org/

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 9, 2014 at 1:42 pm

This recent article in the Toledo Blade says that United North, the nonprofit organization that operates the Ohio Theatre and Event Center plans to begin showing first run art films and documentaries later this year. The Ohio, which broke even in 2013, will continue its various live events with movies worked into the schedule.

The article also contains some information about the difficulties art theaters have faced in Toledo in the past. Toledo itself has been without a dedicated art theater since the closing of the Southwyck Art Cinemas in 2001, and the nearest multiplex still showing such films on any of its screens is Cinemark’s Levis Commons 12 in the outlying town of Perrysburg.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 27, 2014 at 2:49 pm

An earlier comment by wcjfrisk says that the Ohio was the only theater designed by the firm of Stophlet & Stophlet, but this is mistaken. The Pantheon Theatre, opened two years earlier, was also their design.

Trolleyguy on April 16, 2016 at 5:05 pm

Also doing film festivals.

cdanford on October 31, 2023 at 2:24 pm

2023 Update: The Ohio Theatre is now owned by Children’s Theatre Workshop, a nonprofit, 501c3 organization. CTW offers an inclusive environment for youth of all backgrounds, cultures, and lifestyles where they have the opportunity to study many aspects of theatre arts, develop valuable life skills, and produce quality plays.

CTW plans to renovate the theatre and is currently working with the historical society on their renovation plan.

The picture above is the Ohio Theatre at 3112 Lagrange. However it is an older picture and the buildings on either side of the Ohio Theatre have since been demolished. Also the theatre façade was struck by lightning and the prior owners were unable to finish the necessary repairs. Currently there is still scaffolding protecting the damaged part of the facade.

The Ohio Theatre is not currently an active movie house, though it can be rented for movie screenings. Children’s Theatre Workshop hold their plays and musicals at the theatre. And the Ohio Theatre is a welcoming and accessible venue for arts and cultural activities. More information including how to rent the theatre: http://historicohiotheatre.org/

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