John Legend opens theater named in his honor in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – Hundreds gathered on the east side of the Center of Innovation: The Dome building in Springfield on Sunday.

The side of the former South High School building is now the main entrance to the John Legend Theater.

The singer-songwriter was there for its grand opening.

“We have something to celebrate in Springfield today and I’m proud for helping to make this happen,” Legend said.

The Grammy-award winning artist donated half a million dollars to renovate the auditorium.

“I’m grateful and I want to extend the same opportunities to young people coming after me to do the same things I was able to do,” he said.

Springfield mayor, Warren Copeland thanked Legend as well as city and school district leaders for their persistence in finishing the project.

“It’s one of the best things to happen to Springfield in the last decade,” Copeland said.

Following the ribbon-cutting, Legend performed several of his songs to community members inside the newly renovated auditorium.

According to the John Legend Theater website, the entire renovation of the theater cost $2.5 million. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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