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Cincinnati Music Hall

1241 Elm St, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 USA

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Music Hall is the simple name for one of Cincinnati's most ornate Gothic Revival buildings. If you're looking for culture in the Queen City, be it ballet or orchestral music, make Music Hall your first stop. And be on the lookout for ghosts; It was built on top of a pauper's cemetery, which has fueled tales of the unexplained.

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“One of the most beautiful concert theaters in the world”

Music Hall, completed in 1878, is Cincinnati's premier classical music performance hall. It serves as the home for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera, May Festival Chorus, and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. In January 1975, it was recognized as a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior. The building was designed with a dual purpose - to house musical activities in its central auditorium and industrial exhibitions in its side wings. It is located at 1241 Elm Street in Cincinnati, Ohio across from historic Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine, just minutes from the center of the downtown area. Music Hall was built over a pauper's cemetery, which has helped fuel its reputation as one of the most haunted places in America. The main hall, called the Springer Auditorium in honor of founding patron Reuben Springer, has 3,516 seats and ranks acoustically as one of the finest performance venues in the world. It serves as home for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Opera and the May Festival Chorus. It is one of the largest permanent concert halls in the U.S, third only to the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City and DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. The crystal chandelier located in the main auditorium.In addition to the central auditorium, the facility includes:Music Hall Ballroom - accommodating up to 1,300 people, is the second largest meeting space in the city, encompassing nearly 20,000 square feet (1,900 m2). It is frequently used for large receptions, exhibitions, fashion shows, class reunions and breakfast, lunch and dinner gatherings. In October 1998, a $1.8 million renovation of the Ballroom was completed. In July 2007, organ rebuilder Ronald F. Wehmeier of Cincinnati announced the Mighty Wurlitzer theater organ that once graced the old Albee Theater in Cincinnati would be restored and installed in Music Hall’s Ballroom for a New Year’s Eve 2009 debut. Various employees of Music Hall have described experiencing strange events in the facility, while others say they've never experienced anything at all. In the 2005 documentary Music Hall: Cincinnati Finds Its Voice, Patricia K. Beggs, the CEO of the Cincinnati Opera, acknowledged, "Ghosts? Um, yes. Indeed, there are Music Hall ghosts." Erich Kunzel, late conductor for the Cincinnati Pops, once stated, "Sometimes when I was arranging, getting things together, I've worked here all night long. So I've met these people. They're not in the offices, but when you go out into the house they're there, they're upstairs. ... If you think I'm crazy just come here sometime at three o'clock in the morning. They're very friendly."  Ghosts were first reported before Music Hall was built, after the ground was first excavated for an Exposition Hall elevator. It is said that when an elevator shaft was installed in 1988, bones of both children and adults were found under the building.

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Luke The Drifter

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July 23, 2014
Rated 5.0

Some of the best brickwork you will ever see (seriously my Grandpa laid brick and would swoon over this building when he went by)... and the Cincinnati Pops is dope too... the building is in need of some upgrades, but with Washington park there and recently redone it's safe to say Music Hall isn't going anywhere anytime soon

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Nick Philpott

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July 23, 2014
Rated 4.0

Saw BB King here in 2008, and it was one of the formative experiences of my young life. Beautiful interior with a lot of historical charm. Pricey, though.

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Ken Valuska

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September 30, 2014
Rated 4.0

If nothing else, the outside of the building is beautiful and a great backdrop to Washington Park. That said, the inside is very nice and rich with history. If you have a chance to see a good show here, do it

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Chris Spinney Long

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April 07, 2014
Rated 5.0

Check out the lego version


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June 23, 2022

This is a beautiful place!

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Natalie Akers

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March 18, 2016
Rated 5.0

This place is absolutely unbelievable. It's not too bad to see a symphony there either - take advantage of the discounts! $12 / symphony if you're under 30 and $2 only for first timers. If you have the chance to sneak into the lobby do yourself a favor and go for it, or just hang out in the park and stare at the brickwork. It'll keep you occupied. A Cincinnati landmark that's worth drooling over with an ice coffee or an alcoholic drink in the park. The kind of landmark that levels up the entire city. Pro tip: bring a blanket and flashlight to the park and watch the upper window light up with eerie colors and tell ghost stories and all that jazz. Dang I love this building.

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Cincinnati Music Hall

1241 Elm St
Cincinnati, Ohio
45202 USA


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