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The Dryden Theatre will reopen on April 2

Limited capacity, face masks, and advanced tickets required

Rochester, N.Y., March 18, 2021—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 Clementine, Jackie Brown); a series of Joseph Mankiewicz films (including The Philadelphia Story, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Fury); a silent film series (including The Lost World); a series of independent comedies (including The Trip, Frances 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.