About the Complex

Our Mission

Connection community through the arts

Through a multidisciplinary approach, The King Arts Complex offers performing, cultural and educational programs that provide high artistic merit, varied and diverse experiences, and which increase and disseminate knowledge regarding the vast and significant contributions of African-Americans to the culture and history of America and the world.

kac-middle-passageOpened in March, 1987, after a $2.7 million renovation of the Pythian Theater, The King Arts Complex is located on the near East side of Columbus, Ohio, in one of the oldest areas of African-American life in the city. With an additional $1.8 million renovation, Phase II opened in October 1989 creating a 60,000 square foot facility. Serving as a major anchor for development in the King-Lincoln District, The King Arts Complex is an oasis for cultural and educational activities as well.

The Pythian Theater

The Pythian Theater

Our House is Your House
From its intimate theater to its grand ballroom, The King Arts Complex offers you an elegant facility with the extra convenience and flexibility you need for your special occasion.Our staff is at your disposal to ensure that every aspect of your event is planned to perfection. If you would like your next event to make a grand impression, The King Arts Complex can make it happen!

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As a non-profit organization, we rely on your continued support. Celebrate the King Arts Complex by purchasing a membership. We have lots of levels of support and each level comes with Membership Perks you won’t want to miss out on.


You can make a difference by contributing to our cause. All of our wonderful programs need money and materials to make them a reality. If you have a little extra and you would like to share it with us, make a contribution online or contact us today.


Keep the dream alive! Support a vibrant and growing arts organization. The King Arts Complex offers many opportunities to support worthwhile activities hosted by the facility throughout the year. Please contact us to discuss sponsorship opportunities.

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Our volunteers are an important part of our success. Contact us to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

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