Garden Theatre

1187 North High Street, Columbus, Oh


Garden Theatre

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The Garden Theater opened in 1920 as the premier entertainment showcase north of downtown on High Street. Originally a vaudeville and movie emporium, the theater has had varied life.

It was the center of community life from the 1920s until around 1970. By the late 1970s it had become a strip tease house and in the 1980s was a notorious home for pole dancers, pornographic movies, and prostitutes. In 1996, a local church, the Garden Worship Center, took up residence and began renovations, but sold the building to real estate investors in 2007. In July of 2011 Short North Stage signed a long-term lease and began planning to bring the Garden back to life as one of Columbus's premier performing arts centers


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Update Log 

  • July 12, 2018: Updated by Brian Manville: Added photos and imported description
  • July 12, 2018: Photo imported by Brian Manville
  • September 1, 2015: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger
  • August 19, 2010: Added by Bill Eichelberger