Southern Theater and Great Southern Hotel

  • Caption
    View of Exterior of Theater
    4/15/1997 (creation)
Related people
Frank Lucius Packard (architect)
Joseph Warren Yost (architect)
Yost and Packard Architects (architect)
1896 (theater built);1897 (hotel built)
North and Central America->United States->Ohio->Franklin (county)->Columbus
The Southern Theater was built in 1896. It is located on the east side of the Great Southern Hotel, a six-story building opened in 1897. While the hotel was refurbished in the mid-1980s the theater closed down in the late 1970s. The theater reopened in 1998. At its widest, the auditorium measures 66 feet; the ceiling over the second balcony is 60 feet above the stage. The auditorium also has a distinctive series of concentric arches radiating out from the proscenium to the balcony. The theater is a regular venue for chamber music, jazz and operettas. The hotel is now called The Westin Great Southern.

Keywords: United States, Ohio, Franklin County, Columbus, performing arts structures, views. Submitted by Nina Thomson.
19th Century (1800 - 1899 CE)