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Best Kept Secret: Backstage Tours of Playhouse Square

Attend any show at historic Playhouse Square and you can't help but wonder what goes on behind the curtains. What few among us know is that Playhouse Square is happy to reveal exactly what goes on in its normally off-limits nooks and crannies — and they do it for free. Public tours of the city's grand old dames are available the first weekend of most months, with tours leaving every 15 minutes from the State Theatre lobby. Guides are versed in tell-all tales, secrets, and lore surrounding the stages of the country's largest performing arts center outside of New York. Itineraries vary for the 90-minute tours, but stops along the way might include the seven floors of dressing rooms that are stacked behind the elegant curtain of the Palace Theatre, the Allen's decorative "Daylight Atmospheric" side boxes, and the story behind those massive murals in the State Theatre lobby.

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