Taft Theatre

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Taft Theatre
Outside Taft Theatre
Address317 East Fifth Street
Cincinnati, Ohio
United States
Coordinates39°06′06″N 84°30′28″W / 39.101729°N 84.507732°W / 39.101729; -84.507732
OwnerScottish Rite
OperatorMusic & Event Mgmt. Inc., Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
DesignationCincinnati Landmark
A view of the stage from the balcony.

The Taft Theatre is a 2,500-seat theater, located in Cincinnati, Ohio, at 317 East Fifth Street. The theatre was built in 1928,[1] as evidenced by its Art Deco interior. All seats are unobstructed, giving every seat a clear view of the stage. It is part of the Masonic Temple Building at Fifth and Sycamore streets.[1] It is home to The Children Theatre of Cincinnati. As of 2010, it is operated by Music & Event Management Inc., a subsidiary of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Music & Event Management Inc. also operates Riverbend Music Center and PNC Pavilion. The theatre underwent $3 million worth of upgrades and renovations for air conditioning, seating, restroom improvements and other amenities.[2]

It is used for Broadway shows, concerts, comedy and other special events.

The theatre played host to the politically motivated Vote for Change Tour on October 2, 2004, featuring performances by Keb' Mo', Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne.[3]



  • Singer, Allen J. (2005), Stepping Out in Cincinnati: Queen City Entertainment 1900-1960, Charleston: Arcadia Publishing, ISBN 0-7385-3432-3

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