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Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center

Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center

1 West 2nd Street

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A relatively new addition to Dayton’s skyline (opened in 2003), the Schuster Performing Arts Center was designed as the city’s hub for the arts, and the centerpiece in a revitalized downtown district.  It attracts regional, national, and international artists, and is home to the Dayton Opera and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra.  The Schuster also features the newest Broadway plays, and hosts a number of other major local companies such as the Dayton Ballet.

The Center’s primary venue is the Mead Theatre (seating 2,300), boasting superb acoustics and flexibility to meet the needs of many performing groups.  The 150-seat Mathile Black Box Theatre serves as a rehearsal and reception space, and features smaller programs.  Another attraction is the Wintergarden, a verdant, glass-enclosed indoor atrium designed for repose, as well as for occasional public gatherings.

Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center Information

  • Public Transportation: Poor
  • Handicapped Accessibility: Good
  • Performances/Programs: Approximately 150 events annually
  • Ticket Prices: Vary widely ($10-100) depending on event and seating choice.  Discounts available at select performances
  • Subscriptions/Membership: Donations to the Schuster Center are tax deductible, and patrons (donors of $75 and up) are acknowledged in programs for one year.