Playhouse Square

Downtown Cleveland’s theater district, Playhouse Square, is the largest performing arts center in the United States outside of New York City. Theaters in the square were constructed in the 1920s, abandoned in the 1960s (thanks largely to the advent of TV), and ultimately renovated and revitalized to their modern glory.

The district is truly dazzling, featuring one of the world’s largest outdoor chandeliers (20 feet high, 4,200 crystals), oversized retro signs, old school marquees, a pedestrian plaza, and 35-foot tall gateway entrances. A number of theaters attract national acts and feature performances from noteworthy Cleveland cultural institutions, including the Cleveland Ballet, Cleveland Play House, and Cleveland State University.

The excitement never seems to stop at Playhouse Square, where all types of concerts, plays, musicals, and special events can be found on any given night.