Historic Ohio: Akron Civic Theater

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A bit of history

The Akron Civic Theater was built in 1929 and was built by Marcus Loew and designed by the famous architect John Eberson, he designed theaters from 1905-1950. The design is a quirky mix of medieval and Moroccan, it surprisingly meshes well together and gives the theater a timeless classic feel that transports you to a magical faraway land.


The Nutcracker

Stationed next to Lock 3 in downtown Akron sits the historic Akron Civic. From the outside the building might not look like much, it doesn’t seem to fit into surrounding area, but once you go walk through the second set of doors of the building you will be transported into the past. In the lobby, you will find concession to the left side as soon as you walk in, a few merchandise vendors, and a grand golden staircase.

Behind the staircase is where you will find the doors to the lower level seats and to the right side of the hallway you can find the bathrooms and elevator. If you go up the staircase you can find the steps to balcony seats. Up there you can also find more merchandise from what I saw. They did have a room decorated all festive and had $8 pictures with the one and only Santa Claus!

We were shown to our seats and we were given a booster seat for Val. Val looked around in awe as she took in the fantasy-like design of the stage and the ceiling that resembled a deep blue sky with twinkling bright stars

While we waited for the ballet to start a Wurlitzer organ ascended from below the stage, thanks to a special lift and began playing enchanting holiday music. The organ descended and the ballet began.

The Nutcracker was about two hours long with a 20-minute intermission. The set design, costumes, and overall dancing were absolutely stunning! I’ve been going for 22 years to watch the production and every year it feels like a whole new experience. My three year old loved The Nutcracker so much that she wants to pursue ballet and attend the May ballet production of The Little Mermaid. You can bet that every year we will return to watch The Nutcracker!

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  1. What a great review! Just wanted to let you know that The Nutcracker is actually performed by Ballet Theatre of Ohio at the Akron Civic Theatre . The Civic does not produce the Nutcracker, it is the beautiful venue Ballet Theatre of Ohio has been performing its Nutcracker at for 25 years. All the beautiful displays, trees, and even Santa are brought in by BTO for the holiday performance. So glad you enjoyed the show and Ballet Theatre of Ohio hopes to see you and Val at our production of The Little Mermaid in May at the Civic! We would love recognition in your next blog if you enjoy any more of our shows! Thank you!

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