Remembering the University of Cincinnati’s Wilson Auditorium

UC's Wilson Auditorium.

UC’s Wilson Auditorium.

This month, the University of Cincinnati says goodbye to the 81-year-old Wilson Auditorium, the debut venue for CCM’s Musical Theatre program (with the 1969 production of Sweet Charity) and the onetime home of CCM’s Department of Drama.

Originally opened in December of 1931, the building was constructed in remembrance of Obed J. Wilson, a local self-made businessman and arts advocate. At the time of its opening, the building featured then cutting-edge amenities including a projection room for “motion-and-sound pictures” with the capability of relaying radio broadcasts.

Vacant for the past decade and a half, Wilson Auditorium’s demolition was approved in 2006 and is scheduled to be completed this fall.

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To mark the end of an era, CCM Drama Chair Richard E. Hess looks back on the impressive legacy of Wilson Auditorium:

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UC Homecoming Activities to Close Uptown Streets Oct. 6

Please note: around the University of Cincinnati campus, some streets will close the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 6, while traffic and parking on other streets will be restricted. If you plan on attending CCM’s 2 or 8 p.m. performances of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream this Saturday, please plan accordingly.

University of Cincinnati Homecoming activities Oct. 6 will feature the annual Homecoming parade around campus at 3 p.m. and the 7 p.m. football game versus Miami University at UC’s Nippert Stadium.

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