Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center

1 W 2nd St,
Dayton, OH 45402

Quick Review: Home to the Dayton Philharmonic, Dayton Opera, and many of the Victoria Theaters large performances.

The Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, known as The Schuster, is a large theater. The Schuster is a grand theater, but still just a theater. Unlike some other local venues The Schuster has not had time to gain a historic vibe. But look out, it will.

Large enough to hold full Broadway performances but versatile enough to be a grand concert hall, the 2300 seat Mead Theater is the heart of the performance center. With specially designed walls that can change to fit the sound needs of any production most seats get a great audio presentation.

Outside of the main hall is the smaller 150-seat Mathile Black Box Theater. Good for small productions and rehearsals but out of place in such a grand venue.

The entry hall is something to see in itself. Containing a gourmet restaurant and three 3 story palm trees (fake, not enough light in Ohio’s winter.) the lobby is large enough to get one in the mood to see a Broadway production but does not over shadow the main theater.

Quick Tip:  The main ceiling contains the night sky as seen over Kitty Hawk North Carolina on Dec 3, 1903. A historic day for some reason (This is Dayton! look it up) Also see the lobby from the top balcony. A really Cool view.


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