Historic Holland Theatre happy to be a home for the arts

BELLEFONTAINE — Heading into the homestretch of its first post-shutdown season, the historic Holland Theatre is the home for the performing arts in Logan County and is grateful for community support.

This fall and winter have seen packed shows with the stars of indie classic “Napoleon Dynamite,” “The Voice” winners Girl Named Tom, and Windmill Productions’ “Frozen Jr.” In addition, the Holland has welcomed a diverse array of bluegrass, world, jazz, and Americana musicians, and served as a venue for various community functions.

Upcoming shows include traditional Irish band Lúnasa on March 14, alt-rock pioneers Son Volt on March 15, and A.J. Croce presenting Croce Plays Croce on April 2. For a complete list of upcoming shows, go to www.thehollandtheatre.org.

Built in 1931 in downtown Bellefontaine, about 50 miles northwest of Columbus, the Holland is the nation’s only atmospheric Dutch theater. The building had fallen into disrepair in the 1990s after being converted into a cineplex but was saved from demolition when a local teacher and students took an interest in the structure. Buoyed by community support and government and private grants, the theater completed a multi-million dollar restoration in 2019 shortly before COVID hit and darkened stages across the country.

“We went into this 2021-22 season with much uncertainty because of the pandemic,” said artistic director Chris Westhoff. “We are so thankful for the strong community support that has allowed the Holland to come back stronger than ever.”