We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“A FILM LOVER'S PALACE” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Dryden Theatre

Dryden Theatre
Ranked #36 of 140 things to do in Rochester
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: The George Eastman Museum's exhibition space for showcasing its unparalleled collection of motion pictures as well as films from around the world.
Rochester, NY
Level Contributor
154 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2013

The Dryden Theater at The George Eastman House in Rochester, NY is one of the most important motion picture theaters in the nation, if not the world. It is a showplace for some of the great films ever made from one of the largest and most distinctive collections on the planet.

The Dryden was recently refurbished and reconstructed. It is comfortable and prepared to show classic films in whatever format they require.

Any visit to Rochester must include a visit to The George Eastman House and for film lovers, to The Dryden Theater. A true treasure on the cultural scene of our fine city.

Visited October 2013
Thank tpmedia
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

32 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Level Contributor
24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Films of Yesteryear”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013

This theater was recently renovated. It offers comfortable seating and an excellent view of the screen.
If you enjoy films from days gone by, this is the place for you! check online for an up to date schedule.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank aviddancer
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Stoney Creek, Ontario
Level Contributor
171 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Three nights of great films!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2013

I purchased tickets in advance (at will call) for the three nights that we were vacationing in Rochester: The White Hell of Pitz Palu, Elmer Gantry, and X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes.
Each film was presented with a short lecture by the Theatre Manager or the Film Curator, featuring the history, including restoration of the film and the equipment which is used to project it. And each day the theatre staff changes the upcoming vintage movie posters.
The people that work at the theatre/museum take great care in curating the films, presenting the films, and preserving the theatre and projection equipment.
The theatre was definitely a highlight of our trip to Rochester.
Note: there is a cafe at the theatre, opened until 8:00 pm, but food is not permitted inside the theatre.

Visited October 2013
Thank April M
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Level Contributor
49 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Sit where George Eastman sat, at George's house”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2013

A neat little theater, now with comfortable seating, a balcony, what a great place to see a film, and when you are done, plan a trip through the photography museum and Mr. Eastman's home.

Visited June 2013
Thank sightseer14
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Rochester, New York
Level Contributor
20 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Perfect for Cinema Addicts”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2013

This beautiful theater, part of the George Eastman mansion, shows only movies with history and meaning. The "season" often features films of a certain genre, usually with a lecturer after the showing. the films are generally of historical import; not currently popular. The theater is comfortable, with an attached restaurant for ice cream, soup, and light fare. The bookstore has every book on cinema one could want.
Annually, a cinema star is honored, and the gala around his or her visit is not to be missed. They truly are honored because the Dryden is a big deal in movie land, and we in Rochester, are honored to have it here.

Visited September 2012
Thank sharon s
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Dryden Theatre also viewed

Rochester, Finger Lakes

Been to Dryden Theatre? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing