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Richland Performing Arts (Official)
Architects: Nicola Petti
Functions: Live Performances
Styles: Renaissance Revival
Previous Names: Ohio Theatre
The Ohio Theatre was built in 1927. It had seating for 1,783 and was equipped with a Kimball 3 manual 10 ranks theatre organ which was opened by organist Edward Benedict.
In the 1920¹s, Hollywood was booming. Movies were immensely popular, so the big motion picture companies were building magnificent theatres everywhere.
With a population of about 30,000 in 1927, Mansfield, Ohio, located in the heart of north central Ohio, seemed an ideal spot for a majestic movie house. The Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. spent $500,000 to build the Ohio Theatre.
Despite near blizzard-like conditions, the Mansfield News reported that thousands thronged to the theatre for the initial performance on January 19, 1928 with Clara Bow in “Get Your Man”.
First-nighters marvelled at the beauty of the new Ohio Theatre and it continues to delight audiences today. The Renaissance Theatre was last renovated in 1984. On its 88th birthday (January 19, 2016) completion of the restoration of plaster work and paintings which had been damaged by a leaky roof. The beautiful and historic Renaissance Theatre is the only large theatre in North Central Ohio and is the premier venue for a wide range of outstanding entertainment, including comedy, country, gospel, family entertainment, theatre organ concerts, The Miss Ohio Scholership Pageant, and much more.
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