Victoria Theatre Dayton Tickets
The Victoria Theatre Dayton is a spectacular venue located in Dayton, Ohio at 138 North Main Street that has been serving many a visitor with the finest in the performing arts and live entertainment. Established in 1866, it is one of the oldest venues in Ohio and the entire US. A performing arts center, it has a capacity of over eleven hundred and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. Built in an Italianate style, it often attracts many with Victoria Theatre Dayton tickets.
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The Victoria Theatre Dayton is one of the oldest continuously running theaters in all of North America. It was founded in 1866 as the Turner Opera House and was opened on that year’s New Year’s Day. It cost nearly a quarter a million dollars to build, a princely sum at the time, and its first event was a performance of Virginius, a drama by James Sheridan Knowles, featuring Edqin Forrest. At the time, it was known widely as the best theatre west of Philadelphia, going so far as to inspire a musical march composed by Edward Spoth and labeled Turner’s Opera House March.
Three years after founding, the Victoria Theatre Dayton, a six story architectural marvel of its time, was destroyed in a fire. In 1871, the theatre was rebuilt as The Music Hall and then known as The Grand Opera House. In 1899, it was renamed the Victoria Opera House and then the Victoria Theatre in honor of the then Queen Victoria of England. In 1913, the Great Dayton Flood lead to much damage to theatre, followed by another fire in 1918. It was then rebuilt after World War I as The Victory Theatre, in celebration of the American victory during the First World War.
From then on, the theatre became one of the most vibrant entertainment hotspots in all of Ohio, with many travelling far and wide to see the performances of plays, musicals and dramas hosted as well as to catch a classical or pop music concert. Many great artists and bands have performed on the stage of this theatre, including Al Jolson, Helen Hayes, The Marx Brothers, Fannie Brice, Lynn Fontayne, George M. Cohan, Gertrude Lawrence, Alfred Lunt and Harry Houdini.
This is a venue that has also been used extensively by famous choreographer, Twyla Tharp, for tryouts. It is also renowned for showing old and classic movies. It has also been the home of the Dayton Ballet, one of the foremost ballet companies in the city. It is also known for playing host to a large number of cultural events, added to smashing rock concerts and exhilarating pop concerts. It continues to attract visitors by the thousand through Victoria Theatre Dayton tickets.