Designed by renowned architect Harvey E. Hannaford, The Emery is a 1,600-seat, acoustically pure symphony space and a replica of New York's Carnegie Hall. As a philanthropist who recognized her "vast responsibility" to society, Mary Emery built the space in memory of her late husband, Thomas J. Emery, to create and maintain social interaction in Cincinnati.

In its time, The Emery has been the grand auditorium in the Ohio College of Applied Sciences, home to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, a rehearsal space for the Cincinnati Ballet and a silent film house. With the world-famous Wurlitzer Organ, it has also served as a performance center for many world–class 20th–century artists, including George Gershwin, Bette Davis and Vaslav Nijinsky.

One hundred years after its construction, The Emery is widely recognized as a historical treasure – both for its architectural beauty and its significant impact on the arts in Cincinnati.

Despite The Emery's unfortunate deterioration over the last decade, The Requiem Project brings a surge of new hope. Passionate and motivated, this arts company has committed to the first well–organized, well–conceived strategic plan to bring it back to life.


1911 ~
Construction of the Emery building with funds donated by Mary M. Emery, who desired that the theatre be built to house "public and private lectures, entertainments, symphony and other concerts" in addition to the classrooms and facilities of the Ohio Mechanics Institute

1912-1936 ~
Home to Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and other dance, music, and theatrical productions

1936-39 ~
Federal Theater Project

1946-48 ~
Broadway shows, with touring and original casts

1948-58 ~
Children's Theatre productions, a project of the Cincinnati Junior League

1950-77 ~
Lectures and functions of the Ohio Mechanics Institute and Ohio College of Applied Science (University of Cincinnati)

1977-1999 ~
The American Theater Organ Society saves the Wurlitzer Theatre Organ from the Albee Theatre and installs the organ and the largest movie screen in Ohio at the Emery; use of the Emery for classic and silent films

2008 ~
The Requiem Project is founded under the artistic direction of Tina Manchise and Tara Lindsey Gordon; Cincinnati Entertainment Awards held at the Emery

2011 ~
11.11.11 the Emery opens to the public for an evening of art, hope, and inspiration