ARTS & CULTURE
DOWNTOWN ARTS & CULTURE
130 E. Fifth Street
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.
215 E. Third Street
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
518 E. Third Street
Black Box brings Chicago-style improvisational comedy to Dayton with a variety of fun improv shows and classes.
101 Pine Street
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.
420 S. Ludlow Street
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.
118 N. Jefferson St.
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.
456 Belmonte Park North
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.
48 High Street
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.
1001 E. Second Street
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.
118 W. First Street, Suite 11
This gallery provides a space for the exhibition, education and appreciation of fine art, and is available for appointments seven days a week.
1001 E. Second Street
Front Street is the largest community of artists and artisans in Dayton, open seven days a week, featuring monthly art hops every First Friday and Third Sunday. Front Street connects local artisans, vendors, and producers for residents of (and visitors to) the greater Dayton area. Special events feature fine art, studio tours, live art demonstrations, music, vendors, and family activities.
444 W. Third Street, Building 13
The Sinclair Community College Art Galleries promote the development of professional and student artists and serve as an educational resource for the entire community.
22 E. Fifth Street
Works are displayed on the second floor of the Dayton Convention Center throughout the year.
1 S. Main Street, Suite 200
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.
341 S. Jefferson Street
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.
126 N. Main Street, Suite 210
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.
110 N. Main Street, Lobby
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.
840 Germantown Street
(937) 228-3232, ext. 113
Rooted in the African American experience, the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company is a culturally diverse contemporary dance company committed to reaching the broadest audience through exceptional performance and arts-integrated education.
430 Wayne Avenue
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.
126 N. Main Street, Suite 300
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.
126 N. Main Street, Suite 310
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.
Second and Main streets
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.
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.
518 E. Third Street
Located in the Cannery building on Third Street, this theater features Chicago-style improv shows and classes.
444 W. Third Street, Building 2
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.
Fifth & Main streets
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.
46 W. Second Street
The PNC Arts Annex is Victoria Theatre Association’s hub for creativity and artistic expression. Included in this 12,000-square-foot, one-story space is a 200-seat theatre that can be configured in variety of ways to accommodate local performance companies as well as touring artists of all kinds. Look for unique theatre and performance events, spoken word and open mic nights, music performances of all stripes, and more.
126 N. Main Street, Suite 300
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.
Second & Main streets
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.
138 N. Main Street
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.