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The Dryden Theatre

900 East Ave
Rochester,  NY 14607

Phone: (585) 271-3361

The Dryden Theatre

The Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House is the Museum's largest exhibition space for showcasing its unparalleled collection of motion pictures, selections from archives around the world, as well as new foreign and independent films. With such diverse programming, the Dryden remains an essential part of the Museum experience and continues to be an important institution not only for the Rochester community, but internationally as well.

The Dryden Theatre was constructed in 1951 after George Eastman House received a generous donation from George and Ellen Dryden. The first film to be shown at the Dryden was Jean Renoir’s silent film Nana (1924). James Card (1915 – 2000) established the motion picture collection at George Eastman House. Card was a pioneer in the archival world and he single-handedly helped contribute to the appreciation of film as an art form.


FILM
The projection booth is equipped with two reel-to-reel 35mm/16mm Kinoton projectors, and two 35mm Century projectors. Both sets of projectors have adaptable lenses for the following aspect ratios:

1.18: 1
Silent 1.33: 1
Academy 1.37: 1
1.66: 1
1.85: 1
Anamorphic 2.39: 1

VIDEO
The Dryden Theatre is equipped with an InFocus SP 777 DLP Projector. Video capabilities include: BetacamSP, Blu-ray, DVD, DigiBeta, U-Matic and VHS.

SOUND
The theatre is outfitted with an up-to-date sound system designed to reproduce soundtracks for both contemporary and archival screenings. Designed and installed by Boston Light & Sound, it features a Dolby 5.1 system, able to reproduce the following stereo formats: Mono, Dolby A-Type, Dolby SR, Dolby Digital, and also DTS.

NITRATE
The Dryden Theatre projection booth is also customized to handle highly volatile Nitrate film. Discontinued around the mid-20th Century due to its highly flammable nature, nitrate film stock – the combination of a silver nitrate base and orthochromatic or panchromatic emulsion – provided a shimmering, luminous motion picture experience for moviegoers during the entire first half of movie history. One of only a handful of venues in the world that is still safely equipped to show 35mm nitrate prints, the Dryden Theatre is occasionally able to re-introduce audiences to this special kind of cinema magic with classic films from our vaults or other leading archives. Because no nitrate film stock is being produced today, these rare screenings of vintage prints may represent your only opportunity to experience this distinctive aesthetic visual pleasure.

The George Eastman Museum's exhibition space for showcasing its unparalleled collection of motion pictures, as well as new foreign and independent films.

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Past Events

  • Dryden Kids: The Son of Lassie
    02:00 PM - 08/13/2017

    At The Dryden Theatre

    Gorgeously shot in Technicolor, the second in MGM’s massively successful seven-film series follows the adventures of grown-up Joe Carraclough (Peter Lawford),...

  • SAGE Movie Meetup
    01:30 PM - 08/07/2017

    At The Dryden Theatre

    Come join us at the Dryden Theater to watch movies on the big screen. Arrive early so we can all sit together in the right balcony. This event is free to seniors....

  • Dryden Kids: The Sandlot
    02:00 PM - 08/06/2017

    At The Dryden Theatre

    It is the summer of 1962, and Scotty Smalls has just moved to town. There is a ready-made group of friends in the neighborhood, if only Scotty knew how to play baseball....

  • Bull Durham (1988), with writer/direction Ron Shelton
    07:30 PM - 07/06/2017

    At The Dryden Theatre

    Writer/director Ron Shelton, who played for the Rochester Red Wings before going into film, will be present for a Q&A after the screening. “Crash” Davis (Kevin...

  • Worldwide Screening: William Kentridge, Triumphs and Laments
    07:30 PM - 07/01/2017

    At The Dryden Theatre

    Triumphs and Laments, the film about William Kentridge, will be screened simultaneously in contemporary art museums around the world from May 15th and July 4th 2017....

  • Barry Lyndon (1975)
    07:30 PM - 06/22/2017

    At The Dryden Theatre

    (Stanley Kubrick, UK/US/Ireland 1975, 184 min., 35mm) Museum Treasures | Period Dramas | Brand-New 35mm Print! Ryan O’Neal stars as the ambitious Irish adventurer...

  • SHORT STAY (2016), Filmmaker in Person
    07:30 PM - 06/16/2017

    At The Dryden Theatre

    Rochester Premiere | Filmmaker in Person. Cinematic renaissance man Ted Fendt—filmmaker, projectionist, translator, and scholar—has over the last few years quietly...

  • Howards End (1992), Free Member Movie
    07:30 PM - 06/15/2017

    At The Dryden Theatre

    Period Dramas. In early 20th-century Edwardian England, the defiantly independent and flat broke Margaret Schlegel (Emma Thompson) is slowly seduced by the genteel...

  • Sol LeWitt (2012)
    02:00 PM - 06/11/2017

    At The Dryden Theatre

    (Chris Teerink, Netherlands/Italy/US 2012, 72 min., DCP) Rochester Premiere. “Conceptual artists leap to conclusions logic cannot reach,” artist Sol LeWitt...

  • Guys and Dolls (1955)
    07:30 PM - 06/02/2017

    At The Dryden Theatre

    Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra are the incorrigible gamblers Sky Masterson and Nathan Detroit who involve each other in a complicated plot to maintain “The Oldest...

  • Dryden Kids Free Screening: Oliver Twist (1948)
    02:00 PM - 05/28/2017

    At The Dryden Theatre

    Dryden Kids | Period Dramas. Fleeing the clutches of a cruel orphanage for the brutal streets of 19th-century London, young Oliver finds himself amidst a criminal...

  • Cosmos - film screening
    07:30 PM - 05/26/2017

    At The Dryden Theatre

    Cosmos Written and directed by Andrzej Żuławski, based on a novel by Witold Gombrowicz Principal Cast: Sabine Azéma, Jean-François Balmer, Jonathan Genet, Ricardo...

  • SAGE Movie Mondays
    01:30 PM - 05/22/2017

    At The Dryden Theatre

    Come join us at the Dryden Theater to watch classic movies on the big screen. Arrive early so we can all sit together in the right balcony. This event is free to...

  • On the Silver Globe - film screening
    07:30 PM - 05/18/2017

    At The Dryden Theatre

    On the Silver Globe (Na Srebrnym Globie, 1987, Poland, 164 min.) Written and directed by Andrzej Żuławski Principal cast: Andrzej Seweryn, Jerzy Trela, Grażyna...

  • Visiting Filmmaker: Želimir Žilnik
    07:30 PM - 05/16/2017

    At The Dryden Theatre

    Before the recent European migrant drama exploded into a humanitarian disaster that was consequently exploited by both media and politicians, the ever-watchful Želimir...

  • SAGE Movie Mondays
    01:30 PM - 05/15/2017

    At The Dryden Theatre

    Come join us at the Dryden Theater to watch classic movies on the big screen. Arrive early so we can all sit together in the right balcony. This event is free to...

  • Possession Film Screening
    07:30 PM - 05/02/2017

    At The Dryden Theatre

    Directed by Andrzej Żuławski Written by Frederic Tuten, Andrzej Żuławski Principal Cast: Isabelle Adjani, Sam Neill, Margit Cartensen, Hainz Bennet Upon returning...

  • SAGE Movie Mondays
    01:30 PM - 05/01/2017

    At The Dryden Theatre

    Come join us at the Dryden Theater to watch classic movies on the big screen. Arrive early so we can all sit together in the right balcony. This event is free to...

  • Visiting Filmmaker: Brett Story
    07:30 PM - 04/28/2017

    At The Dryden Theatre

    More people are imprisoned in the United States at this moment than in any other time or place in history, yet the prison itself has never felt further away or more...

  • Rochester International Film Festival
    08:00 PM - 04/20/2017

    At The Dryden Theatre

    3 Days. 4 Screenings. Dozens of Films. 1,000s of Film Lovers! The Rochester Int’l. Film Festival (est. 1959) is the longest-running, continuously-held, short-film...

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