Dating back to the 1920s, Akron Civic Center is rich in history. Its design was made by renowned architect John Eberson. Inspiration from Moorish castles was the idea behind its interior design. Akron Civic Center is the last of the theaters opened by businessman Marcus Loew under his Loew's chain of theaters. In the early 2000s, the theater closed down for a major renovation and re-opened in November 2002. Its re-opening saw it partnering with The University of Akron's E. J. Thomas Hall. The theater is the preferred venue for entertainment and live performances in the city of Akron, Ohio. Rock band The Black Keys, English American rock band The Pretenders and glam metal band Warrant are among the performers that used the Akron's stage to entertain their local fans. Akron Civic Center also hosted several theater plays and musicals including Fiddler on the Roof, The Apple Tree and Man of La Mancha. Tickets for any Akron Civic Center event can be purchased at StubHub.com.
What are the food and beverages choices inside the theater?
Concessionaires at Akron Civic Center offers a wide variety of food and beverage options. Located at the theater's Mezzanine level, they offer beer, soft drinks, bottled water, candy and snacks throughout any kind of event. Additionally, there is a concession stand located in the front lobby of the theater. It offers pretzels, candy, and wine among others.
Is the theater wheelchair accessible?
Yes, Akron Civic Center seating features amenities that make it friendly to people with disabilities. Patrons who use a wheelchair can use 26 spots across the theater. These locations are wheelchair accessible and also provide seating for their companion/s nearby. The renovation of the theater and the installation of an elevator made the venue more accessible not only for people on wheelchairs but also their companions. The theater also offers handicap restrooms located in the Orchestra Lobby Level and the Mezzanine Level in the theater's north wing.
Where can I park my car if I attend an Akron Civic Center event?
There are several parking garages and parking lots surrounding the theater. Akron Centre Parking Deck, Summit County Parking Deck and the parking lot on W. Bowery Street behind the Landmark Parking Deck are some parking options. Patrons with disabilities can avail of the on-street parking located on Main and Bowery Streets.
Can I photograph or video record Akron Civic Center events?
No, theater management does not allow recording most of the shows. Patrons are advised not to bring cameras, video recorders or audio recording devices if the Akron Civic Theatre ticket expressly stated that such items are prohibited.
Are there attractions I can visit nearby?
As Akron Civic Center is located in the heart of downtown Akron, there are a variety of things to do in the city. Families visiting the city with their children can tour the Akron Children's Museum at 216 S. Main Street. Adults wanting to explore how the beer tastes in Akron can treat themselves at Akronym Brewing. The Glendale Cemetery and the BLU Jazz+ are other must-visit spots in Akron, Ohio.Back to Top
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