Long recognized among the community’s cultural landmarks, the Akron Civic Theatre has a rich and spectacular history. It has provided the community with a venue for quality entertainment and live performances.
The theater was built in 1929 by Marcus Loew and designed by famed theater architect, John Eberson. The interior structure was fashioned after a Moorish castle featuring Mediterranean decor, including medieval carvings, authentic European antiques and Italian alabaster sculptures. Among facilities of its size, the Civic is one of only five remaining atmospheric theaters in the country where patrons experience a twinkling star-lit sky and intermittent clouds moving across the horizon, all while sitting inside the auditorium.
In June 2001, the Akron Civic Theatre closed its doors for a sixteen month restoration and expansion project. Just over $19 million was spent bringing the theater up to modern performance and patron standards, and to restore its infrastructure.
It underwent another $8.5 million renovation, completed in summer 2021, that included the exterior murals, grand lobby, and arcade restoration, and the brand new Knight Stage. The mural entitled "Iris, Aster, Lotus, and Ragwort" facing Lock 3 was painted in 2020 by Ouizi, an artist based in Detroit. The mural entitled "Axis Mundi" by Los Angeles artists El Mac and Aiseborn was also completed in 2020.