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Rochester, N.Y. — The Dryden Theatre will reopen to the public with a screening of Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, US 1941) on Friday, April 2, followed by Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, US 1954) on Saturday, April 3. All films will begin at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:45 p.m.). Advance tickets for all films are required and available at eastman.org/tickets.

The Dryden Theatre has not held film screenings for more than a year, having temporarily shut its doors in January 2020 to accommodate construction of the Thomas Tischer Visitor Center and then remaining closed because of COVID-19. This April, the Dryden Theatre is reopening with new health and safety measures, including improved air filtration, in accordance with New York State standards.

  • Advance tickets are required for all patrons, including museum members and Take-10 passholders, and may be purchased online at eastman.org/tickets.
  • Mask-wearing is required for all individuals at the Eastman Museum and Dryden Theatre (including during the screening of a film). No one will be allowed inside the theater or its reception areas without a mask.
  • Social distancing will be in effect throughout the 500-seat theater. Ushers and signage, including floor markers, will direct people to seats and assist with distancing.
  • Per New York State guidelines, capacity of the Dryden will be limited to 100 people at each screening.
  • Once the film has begun, patrons will not be allowed to enter the theater.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be provided for visitor use throughout the lobby.
  • Where possible, non-automatic doors and entryways will be push only.

Dryden Ticket Pricing

  • General admission: $10
  • Museum members: $7
  • Students (w/ID) and children: $5
  • EBT or SNAP cardholders and their families: FREE
  • Active-duty military personnel and their families: FREE

Following the opening weekend, the Dryden will continue to screen films four days a week, Wednesday through Saturday, at 7:30 p.m. The April and May film program will feature a tribute to Jack Garner (including My Darling ClementineJackie Brown); a series of Joseph Mankiewicz films (including The Philadelphia StoryThe Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Fury); a silent film series (including The Lost World); a series of independent comedies (including The TripFrances Ha); and a curator’s choice, Le Plaisir (Max Ophüls, France 1952).

The George Eastman Museum will continue to provide online access to a selection of digitized films from its moving image collection. To date, the museum has released more than 35 digitized films, and will continue to release titles throughout the year. Several of the titles are digitized silent films with a new musical accompaniment recorded by Philip C. Carli, including the recently released version of Too Much Johnson (Orson Welles, US 1938) with voiceover commentary, Forcing the Force [Hoodwinking the Police] (US 1914), The Stolen Voice (US 1915), and Hollywouldn’t (US 1925). Most of the digitized films are accompanied by an introduction. Free access is available at eastman.org/digitizedfilms. Digitized films online are generously sponsored by Nocon & Associates, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services LLC.

To prepare for your visit to the Dryden Theatre, visit eastman.org/dryden.

About the George Eastman Museum

Founded in 1947, the George Eastman Museum is the world’s oldest photography museum and one of the largest film archives in the United States, located on the historic Rochester estate of entrepreneur and philanthropist George Eastman, the pioneer of popular photography. Its holdings comprise more than 400,000 photographs, 28,000 motion picture films and three million archival objects related to cinema, the world’s preeminent collection of photographic and cinematographic technology, one of the leading libraries of books related to photography and cinema, and extensive holdings of documents and other objects related to George Eastman. As a research and teaching institution, the Eastman Museum has an active book publishing program, and its L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation’s graduate program (in collaboration with the University of Rochester) makes critical contributions to film preservation. For more information, visit eastman.org.


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