1 West Second Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402
The Schuster Center (which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2013) provides a world-class facility for the best in local, national and international performing artists. The Dayton Opera, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, and Victoria Theatre Association call the Schuster Center home. It also showcases select Dayton Ballet productions. A variety of other local arts groups and promoters also utilize the facilities.
The Schuster Center is comprised of two distinct structures – a performing arts center and an office/condominium tower – joined as one. The performing arts center serves as the focal point of the facility, and includes the Mead Theatre, the Mathile Theatre, and Citilites restaurant and bar. Performance Place, the office/condo tower attached to the Schuster Center, rises 224 feet from the sidewalk, encompassing seven floors of office space and nine stories devoted to luxury condominiums. A Wintergarden, featuring palm trees set against a block-long, glass-enclosed atrium, ties these two elements together.
At the heart of the Schuster Center lies the 2,300-seat Mead Theatre, a state-of-the-art facility designed to accommodate a diverse array of performing arts, including orchestral music, opera, theatre, and dance. The Mead Theatre delivers stunning aural and visual experiences for audiences.
That experience begins with the look of the theatre. Architect Cesar Pelli’s design invokes the feeling of an evening under the stars. The cool blues and orange-reds of the theatre’s interior reach all the way to the domed ceiling, where concentric circles of fiber optic lights depict the Dayton sky as it appeared on the eve of the Wright Brothers’ first flight, December 16, 1903.
Careful attention to layout and acoustics will further enhance the experience. World-class theatre planning and design consultants worked to create an intimate setting, with the last row a mere 120 feet from the stage. Seating options include orchestra, loge, and lower and upper balconies. Acoustical experts customized the theatre to meet the unique needs of performances requiring both acoustical and technical excellence. In addition to delivering outstanding concert hall acoustics, the use of cutting-edge sound isolation technologies in Mead Theatre ensure that external noise will not distract from the performances.
You can see a general seating chart for the Mead Theatre at www.TicketCenterStage.com.Rental Information
The 56’ x 36’, 150-seat black box Mathile Theatre provides a rehearsal facility for the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Dayton Opera, and offers an intimate setting for smaller-scale performances. The careful attention to detail in the Schuster Center’s design allows it to be used concurrently with the main theatre. The space can also be rented for receptions, arts education programs, meetings, and performances.Rental Information
The Kettering Wintergarden, a spectacular six-story glass atrium, ties the individual pieces of the Schuster Center together in grand fashion. The open air space is available for weddings, charity balls, corporate functions, formal dinners, and special events. The facility can accommodate events of up to 1,000 people. It features a fabulous elliptical staircase leading from the Wintergarden to the balcony lobby level, and 1,900 panes of patterned glass that keep heat out and energy in the building.
The Wintergarden also includes The Dayton Power & Light Company Foundation community stage, which features a diverse array of performers, and Citilites restaurant adjoins the space. Half of the restaurant’s seats spill out into the Wintergarden, allowing the public to relax, eat and view diversity programming on the DP&L Stage, while enjoying the wonderful views looking out across the Avenue of the Arts.Rental Information
Performance Place, an extraordinary locale with luxury finishes, has seven floors of office space and nine floors of luxury condos and penthouses. The units range in size from 1,700-1,900 sq. ft., one-bedroom condos to 4,000-4,200 sq. ft. three-bedroom penthouses.
To meet the increased parking demands created by the opening of the Schuster Center, the former Rike’s/Lazarus parking garage, located on Ludlow Street across from the Schuster Center, was demolished. The Arts Garage’s 1,206 spaces present an attractive exterior, up-to-date facilities, and features five levels of parking.
The garage is owned and operated by Victoria Theatre Association.Parking Information
The Schuster Center represents one of the cornerstones of Downtown Dayton’s renaissance and revitalization. Like the Victoria Theatre before it, the Schuster Center is a landmark facility for Dayton’s arts and cultural life and a legacy for generations to come.
Help us secure the vitality and sustainability of the Schuster Center through The Next Stage Campaign.Learn More
Host your event in style or present your performance in one of Dayton’s premier theatres! We love to throw a great party, and our venues provide the dramatic backdrop to put you and your special day in the limelight. Parties, receptions, meetings, and performances are all given the star treatment when you book your event at the Schuster Center or Victoria Theatre.Learn More