Edinburg Municipal Auditorium (EMA)

This Gothic Revival-style auditorium was built in 1926 to serve the new Edinburg Junior College, the lone high school and the community. It was designated a Texas Historic Landmark in 1989. The Edinburg Municipal Auditorium (EMA) has since had some renovations done and is in the process a revitalization process. The EMA is available for performances and special events. More information about the facilities and availability can be found below. 

Rental Rates

Edinburg Residents

(City of Edinburg Water Bill required at time of booking - not North Alamo)
10 a.m.-12 a.m.
Dep. $250.00 
Rent $500.00 
Police $200.00  (min.)
Total $950.00

Non-Edinburg Residents 
10 a.m.-12 a.m. 
Dep. $300.00 
Rent $600.00 
Police $200.00 (min.)
Total $1,100.00

Final payment is due 30 days prior to the event for lease and additional equipment and services requested.

All leases booked within 30 days of the event will require payment in full. 

Equipment & Security Additional Rates

1. Lights and Sound $25.00/hr
2. Microphone $35.00 ea.
3. Piano $50.00
4. Speaker’s Podium $25.00
5. Police Officers $25.00/hr/officer (2 minimum)
6. Tables $5/table
7. Chairs $5/pair

Restrictions and Permitting

  • Residents can book 1 year in advance, non-residents only 6 months.
  • Auditorium hours are 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.; the earliest entry is 8 a.m for an additional $36/hr.
  • Deposit is returned 2 -3 weeks after the event by mail.
  • Times of use must be specified for Auditorium to be opened; keys are not given out.
  • No food or drinks allowed in the Auditorium.
  • Selling of food or concession is not allowed unless with written permission from the City of Edinburg is provided.
  • Security is required, minimum of 2 officers for 4 hours.
  • Non-Profit rentals require active Tax Exempt Number for verification; schools and non-profit organizations pay 50% of rental rate, plus original deposit and any additional extras.
  • No Smoking.
  • No decoration or tape on Auditorium walls.
  • No glitter, NO EXCEPTIONS. Glitter will be considered a damage.


Technical Specifications


Seating Capacity: 432



Custom light cues including intensity and color changes can be requested but must be delivered in writing along with a program or script at least 3 days in advance of the event. All custom lighting designs should have at least one technical rehearsal. 

The EMA features:

  • Elation Show Designer 2 light board 
  • Three-color LED overhead PAR's
  • ETC Source 4 Ellipsoidal front lighting.

Additional lighting available upon request:

  • 4 LED Bar fixtures for lighting backdrops
  • 1 Chauvet Barrel 360 concert light
  • 1 Incandescent spotlight.  


The EMA features:

  • Presonus Studiolive 24.4.2 soundboard
  • Sound Amplifiers
  • 4 Audix vocal microphones with microphone stands
  • 4 Audix overhead hanging microphones
  • 2 Audix floor microphones 
  • 4 Wireless microphones


Schedule a Free Tour

Tours are limited to 30 minutes.
Please fill out the tour request form below, be sure to get a confirmation of your request.

Tour Request Form