New OTR event center hosts first show

Over-the-Rhine’s newest music venue, The Woodward Theater, is holding its first show with Nashville-based The Soil & The Sun on Nov. 10.
 
The 101-year-old theater was purchased and renovated by the owners of MOTR, who were looking for a venue that could handle larger acts and crowds.
 
“It’s a unique piece of architecture in OTR,” says Dan McCabe, co-owner of MOTR and The Woodward. “It’s a rare building, and we want to keep it around for another 101 years.”
 
The inside of the building is a big open room, and can handle up to 600 people. Seating will be brought in to meet the needs of each event, and the stage is in the center of the room against one of the four walls. A horseshoe balcony overlooks the space, and allows for a more intimate feel for both the performer and the audience.
 
A bar runs along one side of the space and features 24 taps. McCabe says there will be a strong local brewery presence, with a wider variety of beers than you see at MOTR, which only has 10 taps.
 
The Woodward was built to be an event hall, McCabe says. Local businesses are renting the space for speakers, and they’ve already booked several wedding receptions. He also wants to show films on a regular basis.
 
“The Woodward will be a gateway for the region and for OTR,” McCabe says. “People are coming from out of town to see shows, and they’re coming early, shopping around and visiting local businesses before and after the show. We hope that people look up and look around, and make the decision to explore Cincinnati deeper, and maybe event more here.”
 
Ticket prices vary for each show, depending on the act. You can get advance tickets for shows at The Woodward here.
 

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Caitlin Koenig is a Cincinnati transplant and 2012 grad of the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri. She's the department editor for Soapbox Media and currently lives in Northside with her husband, Andrew, and their three furry children. Follow Caitlin on Twitter at @caite_13.  
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