The Emery Theatre is one of only four acoustically pure theaters in the country. Along with Orchestra Hall In Detroit and Orchestra Hall in Chicago, The Emery is a sister building to New York City’s legendary Carnegie Hall. It has played host to historic performances from George Gershwin, John Philip Sousa, Bette Davis, Arturo Toscanini, Fritz Reiner, Katherine Cornell, and Russian ballet dancers Nijinsky and Anna Pavlova. The Cincinnnati Symphony Orchestra called The Emery its home from 1912 to 1936. In recent years it has hosted many multi-disciplinary arts events including the 11.11.11 launch, Final Friday Art Shows, movie premiers, Midpoint Music Festival, theater productions, dance performances and more.
Sadly, not everyone values The Emery's rich heritage. The Emery is in danger of having its doors shut for good as the University of Cincinnati, Emery Center Corporation, and Emery Center Apartments Limited Partnership seek to get out of the legaly binding agreement to renew the lease on the property. Rumor has it that they would shut down the theater to renovate it into apartments or condos. Over The Rhine has no dearth of buildings that are perfect for repurposing into living quarters without having to desecrate the history of one of the most beautiful theaters in the country. The Requiem Project, the non-profit formed in 2008 to redevelop the theatre is suing the responsible parties in order to have them honor their contract to work out a long-term lease on The Emery.
This is only a part of the story. For more information on The Emery and this situation please read these sites:
Requiem Project's Open Letter to Community about The Emery
Citybeat article - Curtain Closing?
Citybeat article - Requiem Project Files Lawsuit Over Emery Lease
WCPO article - Lawsuit: University of Cincinnati Blocking Emery Theater Revival
History of The Emery Theatre
The Emery Theatre on Facebook - Follow for updates
Over The Rhine Blog - The Emery Theatre, A Requiem Project
Stand up and have your voice heard. Let the University of Cincinnati, Emery Center Corporation, and Emery Center Apartments Limited Partnership know that you value The Emery's history and its future as a cornerstone in the Cincinnati arts culture. Sign the petition and share it with everyone you know.