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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

A view inside the famed Emery Theatre

The Emery Theatre has seen better days. Originally constructed as an auditorium for the Ohio Mechanics Institute, it was later home to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra until they moved to Music Hall in 1937. The theatre was even compared to Carnegie Hall by Leopold Stokowski, and is condiered an acoustically pure venue.

There have been recent efforts to restore this gem. The most recent of which was an outing by Give Back Cincinnati to help clean up the venue. This enabled some new people to get inside the treasured theatre for the first time in many years. You can get more great historical information, on the theatre, at UrbanUp. You can also view more photos (14), like the one here, on the Emery Theatre page there.


Quimbob said...

Last time I was there was a Todd Rundgren concert. Did you ever get to see a performance/movie there, Mr Rando ?
Given Cincinnati's rich heritage of theaters that are almost all gone, it would be a shame to lose this venue. Some of it's renovation history seems a bit of a boondoggle, tho.
To get an idea of what Cincinnati had, I recommend Allen Singer's "Stepping Out in Cincinnati: Queen City Entertainment 1900-1960".

Radarman said...

Had it not been for the Cincinnati Business Committee's absurd mission to keep the Maisonette in business through the construction of the dismal Aronoff Center for Cats and Other Suburban Muscials, the Emery and the adjoining OCAS would have been restored as an arts complex, and Paavo Jaarvi would be conducting there today.

WestEnder said...

I saw the horror classic "House of Wax" in 3-D at the Emery.

Anonymous said...

How about Childrens Theater in the 60's?

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