From Public Square, take a short walk down Euclid Avenue, and you’re suddenly surrounded by the spectacular vibrancy of historic theaters, sparkling marquees, a contemporary streetscape, bustling storefronts-turned-restaurants and a dazzling outdoor chandelier. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself uttering out loud, “Wait … where am I?”
We’re talking about Playhouse Square, one of the largest performing arts centers in the United States with its impressive collection of 10 performance spaces, including five theaters restored to their original 1920s elegance. Every year, Playhouse Square hosts more than 1,000 events, including some of the biggest titles on Broadway. But it’s not just theater. Playhouse Square features concerts, comedy, dance performances and children’s programing to packed houses just about every night.
What You’ll See:
- When you’re here, it’s easy to forget where you are. The brilliant marquees, the shimmering outdoor chandelier and the bustling after-dinner crowd all feel more Times Square than Playhouse Square.
- Any one of the five main theaters in Playhouse Square — Allen Theatre, Connor Palace, Hanna Theatre, KeyBank State Theatre and Mimi Ohio Theatre — are all worth seeing in person whether there’s a show or not. Each was built between 1921-1922 and most were restored to their original opulence in the 1970s and ‘80s, while others have seen more recent renovations.
- Speaking of the chandelier, don’t leave without getting an Insta-worthy shot on East 14th Street with its twinkling splendor as your backdrop. (As the world's largest outdoor chandelier — thanks, GE — it’s impossible to miss.)
What Else to Do?
- This massive collection of landmark theaters and its award-winning programming is the catalyst to Playhouse Square’s transformation into its own 24/7 Downtown district — complete with residential living. In the past few years, a couple of blocks (between Euclid Ave. and Prospect Ave.; East 12th and East 17th Streets) have transformed into a dining, entertainment and nightlife destination in and of itself. That means you can pair your theater experience with the upscale casual cuisine served at Republic Food and Drink, rustic Italian dishes at Cibreo Italian Kitchen, the delightful menu at District, big glasses of wine at BIN 216 or even a few tacos from 1942 Tacos and Tequila.
Where to Stay
Heading to one of the many Broadway hits that grace the stages of Playhouse Square? Make a night of it and book a room at one of these world-class hotels, no more than a half-mile from Cleveland’s beloved performing arts district.