I am a transplant to the Rochester NY area (my husband grew up here), and I have to say, the Dryden Theatre may be one of the best things about the area. It is part of the Eastman House, the beautiful mansion where Kodak founder George Eastman once lived (and an attraction in its own right).
As part of its mission, participates in both the reservation and preservation of feature films, from classics to more modern movies. My husband and I have discovered many wonderful old movies at the Dryden, have had the opportunity to view some major epics on a large screen for the first time (such as THE BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER KWAI and LAWRENCE OF ARABIA) and have even watched a few relatively new favorites there as well.
The Dryden also offers MANY special features, often bringing in special guests. My girlfriend and I saw Jessica Lange introduce her movie GREY GARDENS a few years back, and my husband and I have gotten to see both hosts of the cult hit Mystery Science Theater 3000, first Mike Nelson and then more recently Joel Hodgson. These are just who I have seen; the theater has brought in many other even more famous names.
Until this year, the only problem with the Dryden is that it was showing signs of wear. Happily, in early 2013, it went through a major renovation: the theater has brand-new, more comfortable seats, and overall, it is looking better than ever while still retaining the classic feel. If you have never been to the Dryden before, go to their web site, check their film calendar, and get to a show--you won't regret it!
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