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Victoria Theatre

138 North Main Street, Dayton, OH, USA
Seats (approximate): 1139

Since 1866, the "Magnificent Edifice" at First and Main Streets has held many names and forms, but one thing has remained constant – a tradition of celebrating and enriching life through the performing arts. It originally opened on January 1, 1866 as the Turner Opera House and enjoyed three years of success before fire consumed the hall. The job of rebuilding took two years, and it reopened in 1871 as the Music Hall. The next 40 years were prosperous ones for the theatre. Some of America's most prestigious stars, including Edwin Forrest, Lillie Langtry, Harry Houdini, Sarah Bernhardt and Mark Twain, were featured in productions during this period. The theatre changed names several times during this period as well, becoming the Grand Opera House in 1885, the Victoria Opera House in 1899, and, finally, the Victoria Theatre in 1902. The flood of 1913 took its toll on the city and the theatre. However, both survived the disaster, and the Victoria was quickly rebuilt. Another fire ravaged the theatre in 1918, and it was rebuilt and reopened in 1919. The name changed once again, to the Victory Theatre, and it entered a period of successful ventures. Fred Bickel, who went on to national fame as Fredric March, was one of the many talented performers featured in productions by the resident theatre company, the Wright Players, from 1927-1930. The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra was born at the Victory in the 1930s. In the 1940s the theatre enjoyed the film industry's boom period as a showcase for Warner Brothers Studios, with continued success in the 1950s as the Miami Valley headquarters for Disney films. By 1967, declining economic conditions threatened the theatre's existence, and it was marked for demolition in 1972. Through widespread community support it gained a listing on the National Register of Historic Places and narrowly escaped the wrecking ball in 1975. Victory Theatre Association was incorporated in 1976, and volunteers began restoration work. In 1977 the Dayton Ballet Company found a home at the Victory, and a new annual season of professional theatre was initiated. Victory Theatre Association purchased the building in 1978, and much of the ornate plaster work was restored, new carpeting was installed and the roof replaced. In 1988 the Arts Center Foundation acquired the Victory Theatre from Victory Theatre Association and began a $17.5 million renovation project. A year and a half later, the project was completed and the completely renovated theatre was rechristened the Victoria Theatre. Today, the Victoria Theatre is home to performances by many of Dayton's arts organizations, including Dayton Ballet, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC), Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra's Chamber Orchestra Series, The Muse Machine and CityFolk. In addition, Victoria Theatre Association presents the JPMorgan Chase Broadway Series, Star Attractions, the Young at Heart Family Series, the Michelob Ultra Cool Films series, the Physicians for Kids Education Series and the Universal 1 Variety Series at the Victoria Theatre.

Productions Production Dates
A Night with Janis Joplin
Musical, Original
Mar 03, 2016 - Mar 04, 2016
Movin Out
Musical, Original, Dance
Music by Billy Joel; Lyrics by Billy Joel
Mar 28, 2006 - Apr 09, 2006
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by John Kander; Book by Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Apr 04, 2000 - Apr 16, 2000
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Nov 23, 1999 - Nov 28, 1999
Master Class
Play, Original
Written by Terrence McNally
Jan 21, 1997 - Feb 02, 1997
Play, Revival, Comedy,Mystery,Thriller
Written by Ira Levin
Dec 31, 1996 - Jan 05, 1997
Fiddler On The Roof
Musical, Revival, Comedy,Drama
Music by Jerry Bock; Book by Joseph Stein; Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Jan 16, 1996 - Jan 28, 1996
Laughter On The 23rd Floor
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Neil Simon
Nov 07, 1995 - Nov 19, 1995
Crazy For You
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jan 17, 1995 - Jan 29, 1995
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Jan 17, 1994 - Jan 30, 1994
Lost In Yonkers
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Neil Simon
Mar 25, 1993 - Apr 04, 1993
Evita - 1992
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Nov 10, 1992 - Nov 22, 1992
A Chorus Line
Musical, Revival, Drama
Oct 18, 1991 - Oct 27, 1991
Lend Me A Tenor
Play, Original, Comedy, Farce
Written by Ken Ludwig
Oct 23, 1990 - Oct 28, 1990
Big River
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Roger Miller; Book by William Hauptman; Lyrics by Roger Miller
Jan 19, 1988 - Jan 20, 1988