Emery Theater

1112 Walnut Street,
Cincinnati, OH 45210

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Dan on February 16, 2021 at 1:05 am

Really nice place and very impressive venue. In 1976, the Emery staged the show “Welcome Back, Beatles”, taking advantage of the mid-70’s Beatles revival. Did anyone else see that show?

hanksykes on November 20, 2019 at 5:42 pm

During mid 2019 the University placed the Emery Th. for sale,but no plans for renewal have surfaced. The picture black and white of the Emery facade with the large 3D letters and numbers is not from l953, bit in the 1990’s. I should know…. I placed them in the doors at that time!

hanksykes on September 30, 2014 at 5:33 pm

Nothing new on the Emery Theater proceedings between Renaissanmce Project and the University Of Cincinnati,still a grid lock out side of the courtroom!

hanksykes on December 16, 2013 at 11:03 am

currently the Emery Theater is inactive pending a law suit against the university of Cincinnati which comes up in Feb 2014.

hanksykes on April 30, 2012 at 10:18 am

There are current events that happen at Emery Th. as a turnaround is attempting to take this venue into the 21 Centuryas a vital performing space.

SwankyJohn on August 6, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Cincinnati’s last great theater. During the early 80’s I got to see some wonderful movies through the weekend series. So much of Cincinnati’s downtown area has been flushed right down the toilet by thoughtless city planners and developers. Let’s hope the Emery can beat the odds and be saved.

hanksykes on July 19, 2010 at 6:41 pm

Hello ,just a slight correction
about one of the 6 pictures listed on the (cincinnatis-forgotten-theatres.html) at the Emery Th. the shot showing what is refered to as (mechanical levers) were not used to controll the curtains, but that is an unconnected lighting switchboard which was rebuilt by the (late Lyman Brenneman) to controll all the lighting above the stage as well as balcony spots and house lights. The curtain controll motor was on a seperate wall and the motion picture screen was flown to the fly gallery using a motor on the opposite side of the stage. The Picture Screen is probably still high above in the fly gallery on a heavy pipe frame,however the motor that raised it has been disabled. I know some of this info from having volunteered at the Emery Th. for 14 years and stage managed some of the shows useing that lighting switchboard to accomodate the performances.

CSWalczak on July 9, 2010 at 7:58 am

There are six pictures of the Emery here: scan down to see them: View link

hanksykes on April 13, 2010 at 6:22 pm

I should have added that the new home of the Albee/Emery Wurlitzer Organ is in Cincinnati"s Music Hall Ballroom located on Elm St.

hanksykes on December 9, 2009 at 7:13 pm

The l927 Wurlitzer organ from the Albee Th.,moved to the Emery Th.in 1969 where it took 8 years for volunteers of Ohio Valley Chapter of American Theater Organ Society to rebuild it and operate it for twenty plus years as a movie and stage show and concert venue. After ten years of storage and reconstruction the Wurlitzer has a new home in the Cincinnati Music Ballroom where its premiere concert took place Nov.28,2009 with 700 ticket holders reveling in its sounds and looks. The organ now has a grand piano added to its sound choices.

hanksykes on August 16, 2008 at 4:40 pm

Having recently(like July 2008) viewed the interior of the Emery it amazes me that very little decay has occured since the Ohio Valley Chapter of the American Theater Organ Society left the theater with their Wurlitzer in late 1999. A local Cincinnati volunteer group called,Give Back Cincinnati, did a one day sweep up, brass polishing, and seat vacuuming tidy up job there in July 2008, which make the venue more presentable. No further plans have been announced for The Emery Th. New signs which carry a short history of this theater have been placed in the facade lobby doors and windows.

kencmcintyre on May 3, 2008 at 8:57 pm

Here is an article detailing the history of the Emery:

hanksykes on July 14, 2007 at 4:54 pm

Cincinnati Enquirer article of July 12,2007 says that the Emery Wurlitzer Organ (nee Albee Th. Organ) will be installed in Cincinnati Music Halls Ballroom and have its opening concert Xmas Eve 2009. Really ironic that so much of the Albee Theater at Fifth Street built 1927-demolished 1977 should return to Music Hall. Music Hall in answer to competing movie theaters ran movies in its house in 1914&1915. Cincinnati Symphony had deserted Music Hall to move to its new home at the Emery in 1912 and stayed there until 1936 when they returned to Music Hall.

hanksykes on July 12, 2007 at 5:54 pm

The Emery Wurlitzer Organ nee Albee Theatre Organ to be re-installed in Cincinnati Music Hall Ballroom by 2009 now a done and signed thing.

clicksnap on January 26, 2007 at 4:51 pm

Hi –

Does anyone know how to get a hold of the owner for this (or any other Cincinnati)theatre? I am a photographer and specialize in shooting abandoned building of interest. Though most of my photos are of abandoned tuberculosis wards and mental hospitals, I am interested in shooting anything with history. any information given about this site or possibly others would be greatly appreciated. please email me at Thanks in advance.

hanksykes on December 17, 2006 at 12:15 pm

Hello Mr. Rassche, Thank you for the correction of (Mechanic) not Military Institute you are correct guess my fingers were ahead of my thoughts when I typed.To Lost Memory the proposed Emery Theater renovation has never happened and the Emery Th. remains mothballed at present.

alco251 on December 16, 2006 at 5:08 pm

The original school was actually the Ohio Mechanic’s Institute. It was was founded in 1828 and moved into it’s new home in Fall 1911. The building was funded by philanthropist Mary Emery and named in honor of her late industrialist husband. In 1958 the name was changed to Ohio College of Applied Science to reflect its changing curriculum. In 1969 it became part of the University of Cincinnati. I attended there 1981-1985 and frequently heard organ practice during evening classes. UC moved OCAS to another suburban campus (the former Edgeciff College) in 1989.

hanksykes on December 4, 2006 at 4:08 pm

The 1927 Wurlitzer Organ from the Albee Theater which had been re-installed at the Emery Th. was removed and placed into safe storage prior to the Emery Th. closing in late 1999.

nashman1 on November 12, 2006 at 9:20 am

i want this theatre.my name is ian meadows and i am a member of the fairborn peforming arts association in ohio.we own the chakeres theatre.and im happy to let every one know its coming along nice.we had the dividing wall torn down,and we had all the seats torn up.we still have 2 rows left if anyody just wants them.for any info please contact me at (937)878-6018 or