The Emery Theatre, ever enduring has been reborn numerous times in its life dating back to when it opened in 1911 and then hosted the Cincinnati Orchestra through 1936. The last couple decades has seen it tangled by mortgages with no funding for restoration. But now the historic theater should be ready for local arts by January 2012. With its perfect acoustics, it amazed me how even normal conversations traveled through the space, the theater could not be kept dark forever and now with an OTR renaissance, a renewed focus on the urban core and the promise of a streetcar line a block away the Emery Theatre is bursting with potential.
We received a personal tour from Tara Gordon and Tina Manchise, the founders of the Requiem Project. the theater will not be restored by the reopening on 11/11/11 but it will be in functional condition. It has received a thorough scrubbing and the transformation from when I saw it last winter is amazing.
To kick off the space in grand style, the band Over the Rhine will play, there is a full slate of events planned for the evening, you can get more information and purchase tickets here.
In the meantime check out the space and the progress that has been made at The Emery Theatre.
Tina and Tara second and third from left talking about their vision for the Emery and what brought them to this point.
one of the many dressing rooms
Dang you Shebar
a parlor upstairs
the ceiling in the women's room