The Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center represents yet another jewel in the crown of our nation’s performing arts centers. Upon opening in 2003, the Schuster Center engaged the entire Dayton community and raised the curtain on years of great performances and abundant support.
The Schuster Center provides a world-class facility for the best in local, national and international performing artists. Dayton Opera and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra call the Schuster Center home, and it also showcases select Victoria Theatre Association presentations and Dayton Ballet productions. A variety of other local arts groups and promoters also utilize the facilities.
The 2300-seat Mead Theatre serves as the focal point of the Schuster Center. Outstanding acoustics, coupled with technical capabilities designed to meet the most demanding touring attractions, highlight the auditorium’s construction.
In addition, the 150-seat “black box” Mathile Theatre will accommodate rehearsals, special programs and smaller-scale performances. It utilizes a separate entrance and can be used concurrently with Mead Theatre.
At the heart of the Schuster Center lies the Wintergarden—a place to inspire the imagination and refresh the spirit. The spectacular, glass-enclosed atrium accommodates more than 1,000 people and provides a beautiful backdrop for a variety of events. With its magnificent grove of palm trees, it has become one of the Miami Valley’s premier indoor gathering places.
The Performance Place office/condominium tower adjoins the Wintergarden, and includes Citilites restaurant/bar.
The Schuster Center represents one of the cornerstones of Downtown Dayton’s renaissance and revitalization. The majestic Schuster Center will inspire Daytonians and shine for the city throughout the next century.