CAPA brings the world to our stages, enriches lives and creates community through its mission to:
- Present and produce artistic programming of the highest quality to serve and educate diverse audiences and feature renowned artists of all cultures
- Operate and maintain world-class performance venues
- Strengthen our arts communities by providing facilities for resident companies and through partnership and collaboration, support those organizations
- Bolster the economies of the downtown communities we serve.
Founded in 1969, CAPA has achieved international recognition over the past three decades for the diversity of its performing arts and entertainment programming, its dramatic restoration of historic theatres, its excellence in facility management, and its contributions to quality of life and vibrant downtowns.
CAPA's restoration of the Ohio Theatre (Columbus), the 1928 movie house which it saved from the wrecking ball in 1969, is celebrated as a vanguard achievement in the field of theatre rehabilitation and downtown redevelopment. In addition to the Ohio Theatre (now a National Historic Landmark and the "Official Theatre for the State of Ohio"), CAPA owns and operates the Palace Theatre (1926) and Southern Theatre (1896), which reopened in 1998 following its dramatic, $10 million CAPA-led restoration and modernization.
In 1994, CAPA entered into an agreement with the State of Ohio to manage the contemporary Riffe Center Theatres in the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts. CAPA's consolidated management of these downtown Columbus facilities has resulted in a performing arts complex that provides spaces for the best arts and entertainment events at reasonable rates. CAPA theatres provide a downtown home to nearly all Columbus performing arts groups.
From 1998 to 2003, CAPA managed and programmed the Chicago Theatre, first under agreements with Chicago Alameda Theatre Enterprises, Inc., a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company (from 1998-2000), and then through a lease with Chicago Theatre Restoration Associates. In July 2001, the City of New Haven entered into an agreement with CAPA to manage the Shubert Theater.
CAPA programming includes jazz, world music, folk, country, classical music, comedy, dance, classic films, theater, and family entertainment. Outside of its own venues, CAPA produces the "Rhythm 'n' Zoo" concert series at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and presents entertainment offerings in Cincinnati, Dayton, and Toledo.
In 1998, on behalf of the central Ohio arts community, CAPA launched the first licensed regional site of High 5 Tickets to the Arts (www.high5cols.org). Originally created in New York City, this unique $5 ticketing program for students aged 13-18 successfully removes barriers to arts participation by marketing directly to teenagers accessible, affordable, and easy-to-learn-about events.
CAPA is a not-for-profit organization operating on an annual budget of $15.3 million. Since 1984, CAPA earns 90% of its income primarily through ticket sales and rentals, while operating with the smallest administrative staff of any comparable arts organization in North America., In its first 32 years, CAPA has invested $34.8 million in capital improvements to the Ohio, Palace, and Southern Theatres in Columbus, Ohio, and has generated more than $121.8 million in operating revenue.
CAPA has received The Columbus Foundation Award as the City's outstanding philanthropic institution (1999), the Governor's Award for the Arts in Ohio (1995), the Greater Columbus Arts Council Award of Excellence (1994 and 1999), and the Columbus Landmarks Foundation Organization of the Year Award (2000).