Rendering of new music venue being developed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Rendering from MEMI.

In Friday’s (12/15) WCPO (Cincinnati), Molly Schramm reports, “A new music venue is set to be built in place of the longstanding Coney Island amusement park. Coney Island has been acquired by Music & Event Management Inc. (MEMI), which is set to develop the amusement park in a massive amphitheater. MEMI, which is a subsidiary of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO), said the amphitheater is set to complement its neighboring Riverbend and PNC Pavilion venues…. MEMI said the venue will have ‘cutting-edge performance and entertainment technology’ alongside ‘best-in-class amenities.’… ‘It will be designed to maximize all components of live outdoor music events,’ said Mike Smith, CEO of MEMI. Smith and Jonathan Martin, president and CEO of CSO, said they are shooting to create ‘the nation’s best amphitheater.’ Martin said the new venue will ‘usher in the future of the music industry.’ He also said he hopes the venue will both expand the music, arts and entertainment industry in the region as well as boost the local economy…. ‘We are proud to be leading the next step in the same way Riverbend changed the face of live music in our community 40 years ago when it opened,’ Martin said.”