Our Mission:

We are a not-for-profit performing arts center who presents and produces a wide variety of quality performing arts, advances arts education and creates a neighborhood that is a superior destination for entertainment, business and residential living, thereby strengthening the economic vitality of the region.

The Stage

Presenting and producing a variety of the finest entertainment for the betterment of the community. more

Arts Education

A national leader in engaging the community through enriching experiences in the performing arts. more

Area Development

A major area developer creating a vibrant destination and economically-strong neighborhood. more


Performing Arts Center

A not-for-profit that must raise over $4 million dollars annually to continue improving the region's quality of life. more

Allen Theatre

1407 Euclid Avenue

A Glimpse at History: The Allen Theatre

The Allen Theatre’s April 1, 1921 opening night attracted more patrons than its 3,080 seat capacity that scores of disappointed filmgoers had to be turned away. Originally built as an opulent silent movie house, the Allen required no backstage facilities (dressing rooms, storage, etc.). To later accommodate legitimate theater presentations, it was necessary to build a “stage house” onto the venue during restoration in preparation for its reopening October 3, 1998, when it began to host long-running, touring Broadway productions and concerts. The Cleveland Ballet’s move to San Jose made the State Theatre available for Broadway, and use of the Allen decreased, paving the way for PlayhouseSquare to invite new resident companies to the district.

PlayhouseSquare President and CEO Art J. Falco began discussions with Cleveland State University and Cleveland Play House about moving their productions to the Allen Theatre. In August of 2010, the Allen was closed to undergo a dramatic reconfiguration from an historic theater with 2,500 seats to an intimate, 500-seat contemporary theater nestled in historic environs. The transformed Allen Theatre reopened in September of 2011. Two new theaters, the flexible 300-seat Second Stage and the 150-seat Helen Rosenfeld Lewis Bialosky Lab Theatre, will open in 2012 to complete the Allen Theatre Complex to be shared by PlayhouseSquare, Cleveland Play House, Cleveland State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance and Case Western Reserve University’s MFA Acting Program. 

Upcoming Events

Raphael Xavier

Wed, Aug 2, 2017
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Shakespeare in Love

Sep 9 - Oct 1 , 2017
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Oct 26 - Nov 5 , 2017
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A Christmas Story

Nov 24 - Dec 23 , 2017
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CSU Spring Dance Concert

Mar 23 - 24 , 2018
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Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin

Jun 7 - 17 , 2018
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