The Ensemble Theatre is a staple to Cincinnati's thriving local arts scene. Located in historic Over-the-Rhine, this is THE venue to catch bold, contemporary theater and award-winning education and community programs. Sound like something you'd be into? Here's our guide to the Ensemble Theatre and why it should be on your radar.
It’s undeniable. The historic neighborhood of Over-the-Rhine has become a focal point of culture and entertainment in the Cincy region. Attractions abound, spreading from the Gateway Quarter outward to the North, East, and West. One of the best institutions in the area has resided there the entire time, showcasing contemporary works in historic buildings for over 35 years.
Unknowing visitors may walk by the 1100 block of Vine Street, passing the statuesque white pillars and ticket windows - unaware of the magic that waits inside. But Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati (ETC) subscribers and regular theater goers know: those that have not been to an Ensemble show are missing out on some of the best entertainment this region has to offer.
Ensemble Theatre has deep ties to OTR
Since 1986, the theater has occupied the same spaces on Vine Street. The mission of the ETC is to offer accessible, socially conscious works to the whole community, which meant standing its ground as the surrounding area has changed over time. The buildings it owns have undergone renovations totaling over 4.2 million dollars for a restorative facelift, while preserving the historic footprint and intimate feel of the space. Updated and additional restrooms, a second lobby with a well-stocked bar, additional seating and year-round programming newer features that are available for guests.
It’s Bigger on the Inside
The Ensemble Theatre is comprised of three buildings on Vine Street, taking up 40% of the city block. What’s inside other than the theater? Meeting rooms, as well as a venue for large and small gatherings, conferences, workshops and weddings. Essentially, a multi-purpose community space.
“We really wanted to provide an atmosphere that was welcoming for people before and after the show, as well as a space for community use and enjoyment,” says D. Lynn Myers, producing artistic director.
Brides and grooms, get booking – the space, prime location and historic je ne sais quoi make for a unique wedding venue.
Want a date that stands out? Look no further.
The Ensemble specializes in new-to-the-region works and shows, guaranteeing that you and your guests have not seen the performance before. The mission of the theater to showcase thought-provoking pieces gives the opportunity to talk and discuss over drinks after the show. Skip taking a date to the latest action flick or rom-com and head to Vine Street instead.
Think a night at the theater isn’t in the budget? Think again. The ETC offers discounts for students, educators and more. An unexpected open evening also yields the option of heavily discounted tickets via a half-price rush deal – call or stop by two hours prior to the show, and if tickets are available, they are half price. The discount extends even further for students, and special preview performances also have a pay-what-you-can option available in person one hour prior to curtain.
The staff’s passion for community, top-notch production and curated shows that everyone can enjoy and appreciate have kept the Ensemble Theatre's subscribers growing year after year. Pick a show to attend and discover what all the fuss is about!