ARTS & CULTURE

DOWNTOWN ARTS & CULTURE

CINEMA

THE NEON MOVIES

130 E. Fifth Street
(937) 224-7469

Want to see a movie you can’t catch at any other cinema in town? The Neon is an independent movie theater located just outside the Oregon District in downtown Dayton. The cinema features the best in independent films, and its concession stand features beer, wine and Boston Stoker coffee drinks, as well as traditional fresh popcorn and soda. The Neon also boasts a wonderful patio and recently added new theater seating and digital projection systems.

LIBRARY

DAYTON METRO LIBRARY

215 E. Third Street
(937) 463-2665

In 2017, the doors of the new Main Library in downtown Dayton opened to the public. Built upon the strong structural core of the 1962 building, the Main Library is four times the size of the previous building. With expansive park and city views, six original art installations, meeting places and gathering spaces of all sorts, the Main Library is a destination for exploration, learning and discovery. Enjoy a vast collection of materials, services and programs for all ages and stages of life.

COMEDY & IMPROV

THE BLACK BOX IMPROV THEATRE

518 E. Third Street
(937) 369-0747

Black Box brings Chicago-style improvisational comedy to Dayton with a variety of fun improv shows and classes.

WILEY’S COMEDY JOINT

101 Pine Street
(937) 224-5653

Wiley’s features top comics from around the nation, as well as some great local talent. Catch a different show every weekend, with some special events on select weekdays.

GALLERIES & MUSEUMS

AMERICA’S PACKARD MUSEUM

420 S. Ludlow Street
(937) 226-1710

America’s Packard Museum is the only restored Packard dealership operating as a museum. It features more than 50 Packard automobiles and significant artifacts from the Packard Motorcar Company. The building was constructed in 1917 for Packard, and remained in operation until 1939.

THE CONTEMPORARY DAYTON

118 N. Jefferson St.
(937) 224-3822

Experience the works of local artists! The Contemporary Dayton is a group of artists and art lovers who believe that a vital visual arts community is essential to the life of the community. From gallery talks and exhibit openings to professional development workshops, The Contemporary provides opportunities to meet others who share an interest in art and to learn about and support contemporary visual art.

THE DAYTON ART INSTITUTE

456 Belmonte Park North
(937) 223-5277

The Dayton Art Institute is housed in one of Dayton’s best-known landmarks, a 1919 Italian Renaissance-inspired building overlooking downtown. The museum is a regular host to world-renowned traveling exhibitions, as well as a stellar permanent collection.

DAYTON INTERNATIONAL PEACE MUSEUM

208 W. Monument Avenue
(937) 227-3223

The Dayton International Peace Museum aims to contribute to a local, national and international culture of peace through exhibits, activities and events that focus on nonviolent choices. Free admission, donations appreciated.

DAYTON SOCIETY OF ARTISTS

48 High Street
(937) 228-4532

DSA is a nonprofit organization helping local artists to promote their work and improve their craft. Located in an historical home in St. Anne’s Hill, DSA’s High Street Gallery serves as both an operating base and a gallery and events space.

DUTOIT GALLERY

1001 E. Second Street
(937) 952-0246

The Dutoit Gallery is a co-operative gallery run by its artist members. Its mission is to provide artists the opportunity and space to exhibit their work while inviting the public to participate in dynamic noteworthy exhibitions. The gallery features artists whose work spans various media, methodology, concept and subject.

EDWARD A. DIXON GALLERY

12 S. Ludlow Street
(937) 985-2115

This gallery provides a space for the exhibition, education and appreciation of fine art, and is available for appointments seven days a week.

THE FRONT STREET EXPERIENCE

16 Brown Street
(937) 266-3491

The Front Street Experience gallery in the Oregon District features art from Mike Elsass and other artists who work in his Front Street studio.

FRONT STREET STUDIO GALLERY

1001 E. Second Street
(937) 266-3491

Front Street Gallery features the work of artist Mike Elsass and other artists, and is a satellite and partner gallery to The Front Street Experience in the Oregon District.

FUNK MUSIC HALL OF FAME & EXHIBITION CENTER

113 E. Third Street
(937) 837-4441

Did you know that Dayton was the birthplace of Funk? The Funk Music Hall of Fame was created to establish a home for the legacy of Funk music by acknowledging the artists who brought this art form to life while showcasing the Funk experience. Check out a variety of Funk music memorabilia.

GALLERIES AT SINCLAIR COLLEGE

444 W. Third Street, Building 13
(937) 512-5381

The Sinclair Community College Art Galleries promote the development of professional and student artists and serve as an educational resource for the entire community.

GALLERY 510 FINE ART

508 E. Fifth Street
(937) 672-6717

Gallery 510 features painting and photography by Loretta Puncer, as well as a wide variety of curated work by local and national artists, such as jewelry, scarves, wood pieces and more.

GALLERY AT THE DAYTON CONVENTION CENTER

22 E. Fifth Street
(937) 426-6168

Works are displayed on the second floor of the Dayton Convention Center throughout the year.

GALLERY AT FIFTH THIRD CENTER

1 S. Main Street, Suite 200
(937) 228-2224

Located in the lobby of one of downtown’s most distinctive office towers, the Gallery at Fifth Third Center features a variety of artwork by community artists throughout the year.

K12 GALLERY & TEJAS

341 S. Jefferson Street
(937) 461-5149

K12/TEJAS Gallery, a nonprofit organization, inspires visual artists, art educators, students and art patrons of all ages to imagine, learn and create. The gallery offers studio art classes, community outreach projects, and workshops, as well as rotating exhibitions.

VESSELS

227 N. Main Street
(937) 424-5452

This charming pottery shop doubles as workspace for local potter David Kirchner. Stop by and see his latest creations!

PERFORMING ARTS & CULTURAL GROUPS

BACH SOCIETY OF DAYTON

126 N. Main Street, Suite 210
(937) 294-2224

The Bach Society brings choral singing to Dayton with choral and orchestral concerts that celebrate seven centuries of music. They perform music by J.S. Bach and other classical and contemporary composers with ensembles throughout downtown and the region.

CULTURE WORKS

110 N. Main Street, Lobby
(937) 222-2787

Culture Works is a nonprofit regional arts agency that provides a unified voice for all the cultural organizations and activities in the Dayton Region and promotes the good news about the amazing cultural vibrancy of our region to a national audience.

DAYTON PERFORMING ARTS ALLIANCE

126 N. Main Street, Suite 210
(937) 224-3521

Thought to be the first collaborative arts organization of its kind in the nation, the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is comprised of the Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera, and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra.

DAYTON THEATRE GUILD

430 Wayne Avenue
(937) 278-5993

This community theater organization has been around since 1945, when it staged its first production at the Dayton Art Institute. The Dayton Theatre Guild has a tradition of producing seldom-seen plays, as well as bringing in contemporary shows and area premieres, without forgetting the classics.

THE HUMAN RACE THEATRE COMPANY

126 N. Main Street, Suite 300
(937) 461-3823

The Human Race is Dayton’s own professional theater company, producing an annual series of plays and musicals in The Loft Theatre. Human Race productions include classics, recent award-winning shows and new works. The Human Race has earned a national reputation for development of new musicals.

THE MUSE MACHINE

126 N. Main Street, Suite 310
(937) 222-6873

Muse Machine is a nationally celebrated arts education organization serving more than 72,000 students and their teachers each year throughout western Ohio since 1982. The mission of Muse Machine is to change the lives of young people through the arts.

THE PLAYGROUND THEATRE

Second and Main streets
(937) 681-4543

The Playground’s stripped down approach to theatre shines a spotlight on the messy parts of life that no one talks about and provides a space for adults to figure out who they want to be when they grow up.

UNDERCROFT PLAYERS

138 W. First Street

Undercroft strives to bring quality, local and professional theatre for a reasonable, family-friendly price. Performances currently take place in the basement of First Lutheran Church.

VICTORIA THEATRE ASSOCIATION

138 N. Main Street
(937) 228-7591

In addition to a Broadway Series that presents outstanding musical theatre and plays, the Victoria Theatre Association offers a family series, a summer film series, and enriched classroom experiences for students and teachers.

ZOOT THEATRE COMPANY

308 W. Washington Street
(937) 512-0140

Dayton’s only puppet and mask theater company, Zoot aims to stimulate the creative spirit through collaborative artistic expression. Zoot presents main stage and collaborative productions, and provides educational programming.

THEATERS

THE BLACK BOX IMPROV THEATRE

518 E. Third Street
(937) 369-0747

Located in the Cannery building on Third Street, this theater features Chicago-style improv shows and classes.

BLAIR HALL THEATRE AT SINCLAIR COLLEGE

444 W. Third Street, Building 2
(937) 512-2808

Blair Hall Theatre is Sinclair Community College’s premiere theater facility. The facility is an elegant 459-seat proscenium style auditorium that serves the entire community. Located in Building 2 along West Fourth Street, Blair Hall Theatre is the home of Sinclair’s theater department productions and Music department concerts.

CARYL D. PHILIPS CREATIVITY CENTER

116 N. Jefferson Street
(937) 461-3823

The Caryl D. Philips Creativity Center of The Human Race features an 18’ x 18’ main performance space, theater seating for 54 people, and theatrical lighting and sound. The space is available for rental for meetings, performances, classes and special events.

DAYTON THEATRE GUILD

430 Wayne Avenue
(937) 278-5993

The renovated space formerly occupied by the Dayton Gym Club is home to the Dayton Theatre Guild, and provides an intimate setting with a distinctive thrust stage.

LEVITT PAVILION DAYTON

Fifth & Main streets
(937) 333-2607

Scheduled to open in the summer of 2018, Levitt Pavilion Dayton will be the eighth signature Levitt Pavilion nationwide. This state-of-the-art downtown music venue will host a minimum of 50 free concerts each year.

THE LOFT THEATRE

126 N. Main Street, Suite 300
(937) 461-3823

Offering intimate theater at its best, The Loft Theatre is home to the Human Race Theatre Company and is located in the Metropolitan Arts Building next to the Victoria Theatre. The performance area juts into the audience, allowing the seating to wrap around the front edge and giving each patron a different view of the action on stage. The Loft truly defines the word “intimate,” since the furthest seat in the house is only 20 feet from the actors.

SCHUSTER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

Second & Main streets
(937) 228-7591

The Schuster Center is a world-class facility for the best in local, national and international performing artists. The Dayton Opera and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra call the Schuster Center home, and it also showcases the latest Broadway blockbusters and a variety of local performing arts groups. The complex includes a 2,300-seat performance hall, a rehearsal hall/black box theater, a block-long Wintergarden with a six-story glass atrium, and an 18-story tower boasting Class A office space and upscale residential condominiums.

VICTORIA THEATRE

138 N. Main Street
(937) 228-7591

The historical Victoria Theatre has a reputation as one of the premiere theaters in the country. It is home to many Dayton arts organizations, including the Dayton Ballet and the Muse Machine. The Victoria also hosts touring performances ranging from Broadway musicals to award-winning plays.

TICKET CENTER STAGE

www.ticketcenterstage.com
(937) 228-3630

Ticket Center Stage connects you to the Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, The Human Race Theatre Company, Muse Machine and the Victoria Theatre Association with just one convenient call or click!