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Sandusky State Theatre 107 Columbus Ave. Sandusky 626-1950
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010


Sandusky State Theatre

107 Columbus Ave.





Sandusky State Theatre is an historic, 1500-seat world-class theatre that has operated as a downtown performance arts center since 1928. The theater is a showplace for the live performing arts and film, Broadway touring productions, concerts and variety shows and is dedicated to helping create and preserve the cultural heritage of the community well into the 21st century.

The Center at the State

107 Columbus Ave.


Administration: 419-626-1347

A new addition to the Sandusky State Theatre including a large catering and concessions kitchen, gift shop and hall that can be divided into three separate rooms for classes, workshops, intimate performances, lectures and special events.


414 Wayne St.



One of the oldest community theater groups in Ohio, the Harlequins stage several comedy and drama productions each year in a building that is a former stage coach livery. Season begins in November.

The Huron Playhouse

McCormick Middle School

209 Center St.


433-5700 or 433-4744

Comprised of students and faculty of Bowling Green State University, the Playhouse presents musicals, comedies, dramas and a children's play. The Firelands College Theater of Bowling Green State University offers productions throughout the year.

Caryl Crane Children's Theatre

McBride Auditorium

BGSU Firelands, North Building

901 Rye Beach Road



Designed to encourage more participation in children's theater in this area, teach children the wonder of the art of theater and perform high quality children's plays for the public. All youth, 10-18 years of age, interested in being a workshop participant, are welcome.

Playmakers Civic Theater

604 W. Sixth St.

Port Clinton



Well over 5,000 people from a five-state area attend Playmaker productions each season.

Towne & Country Players Inc.



Live entertainment including holiday matinee concerts, also home to the Tadpole Players, the oldest continuing children's theater in Ohio.

Norwalk Theatre

57 E Main St.




The Norwalk Theatre is a Schine Theatre, built in 1941 in the Art Deco Era. The theatre opened as a movie theatre and later a stage, orchestra pit and dressing rooms were added to accommodate live performances. The theatre still shows movies on occasion and hosts live concerts, hosts a Summer Theatre Camp for children and will also perform several live Plays for the 2007 season.

The Ritz Theatre

30 S. Washington St.




Built in 1928, the theater's mission is to entertain and enrich people by providing an historic center for creative expression, education, social interaction and community development.

Fremont Community Theatre

1551 Dickinson St.


Fremont Community Theatre celebrated it's 50th "golden" anniversary in 2005-2006 and Fremont Teen Theatre has been active since March 1969. The theatre continues to thrive and is a vital part of Fremont.

The Firelands Symphony Orchestra

334 E. Washington St.



The musicians of the Firelands Symphony Orchestra are professional, free-lance musicians who are contracted for the entire season and also concert by concert. The 2007-2008 season of the FSO is a full concert season. The Orchestra believes strongly in educational outreach and students as young as three years of age learn about music at The Firelands Symphony School of the Arts.

Lakeside Symphony

Hoover Auditorium




In 1973 Lakeside founded its own symphony which has grown into today's Lakeside Summer Symphony. The Symphony offers several concerts every summer.

Bellevue Society for the Arts

205 Main St.



A non-profit organization founded in 1994, the facility provides a 300- seat theater with an attached lobby, reception area, which is used for theater productions, concerts, lectures, recitals, dance/music lessons, children's programs and other cultural events. Catered events and receptions can be made by appointment year round.

The Sandusky Concert Association

P.O. Box 1537



Includes operas, symphonies and orchestras. Several choral groups present yearly programs and are always welcoming new members to their groups.

North Central Ohio Arts Council

609 Tiffin Ave.



Art connoisseurs can patronize the various art shows sponsored by the North Central Ohio Arts Council.

Sandusky Cultural Center

2130 Hayes Ave.




The center continues a tradition of bringing to the gallery known and aspiring artists, tapping talent regionally, and frequently, nationally or internationally as well. "Off Center" was started during the 1998-99 season as a new gallery to display the work of young area artists. Coinciding with Cultural Center exhibits, the best work being done by local students is displayed.

Sidney Frohman Planetarium

Sandusky Area Supplemental Education Center

2130 Hayes Ave.



An "artificial sky" that simulates the appearance of the starry sky. Useful as a tool for learning many elements of astronomy, including the constellations, the geometry of the sky and the cycles of the sun, moon and planets.

The Little Gallery

BGSU Firelands


Each season the Little Gallery exhibits three visiting artists' shows during the academic year and one local artist's exhibition in the summer. Often artists give gallery talks, provided for students, faculty, staff and the public. Three student exhibitions are also displayed each school year: student printmaking exhibition in the fall; student enameling exhibition in the winter; and an annual student exhibition in the spring.

Follett House Museum

404 Wayne St.




Oran Follett, a businessman who was one of the founders of the Republican Party, built this mansion in 1827 in the Greek Revival style. The Follett House Museum contains items covering the history of Erie County from earliest times. The collection of Civil War items includes several objects taken from the Confederate officers' prison on Johnson Island.

Eleutheros Cooke House and Garden

1415 Columbus Ave.



Named for its first occupant and builder, is home to an interior typical of the early 1950s. A tour of the house includes a garden and a large greenhouse.

Museum of Carousel Art and History

W. Washington and Jackson streets



Also known as the Merry-Go-Round Museum, with an operating carousel, a history of the merry-go-round and traveling carousel displays provided by museums and collectors from throughout the nation. The museum maintains an active program of restoring antique carousel figures and related items. Items are often brought to the museum for restoration.

The Maritime Museum of Sandusky

125 Meigs St.




Local artifacts, photos and maps, with special exhibits on Lyman Boat Works, local passenger boats and freighters, and many other boats built in Sandusky. The museum offers a series of maritime-related talks featuring guest speakers and also "Youth Adventure Programs."

Edison Birthplace Museum

9 Edison Drive




Thomas Edison's birthplace displays a collection of rare Edisonia, including many of Edison's early inventions, documents and family mementos.

Bellevue Heritage Museum

in the Bellevue Savings Bank Building at 200 E. Main St.

This museum focuses on items, photos and displays relating to Bellevue's past from early village days through the present time. Featured are local businesses, church and school memorabilia.

Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum

223 York St.




A station house, museum and railroad yard loaded with engines, passenger cars, freight cars and cabooses.

Historic Lyme Village

5001 Ohio 4




A recreated 19th century working village, operated by the Historic Lyme Village Association. Center to the village is the Wright Mansion, built in 1880-82, furnished in Victorian period pieces, and listed in the National Register of Historic Place

Hayes Presidential Center

Hayes and Buckland avenues




Includes the Hayes Victorian mansion, the nation's first presidential library and tombs of our 19th president, Rutherford B. Hayes, and his wife, Lucy.

Inland Seas Maritime Museum

480 Main St.




Marine artifacts, shipwrecks, collections of ship models, nautical artwork, lighthouses and Fresnel lenses and more. Visitors are encouraged to make use of the interactive computer exhibits including hipbuilding, commercial navigation and shipwrecks on the Great Lakes.