The Dryden Theatre

The Dryden Theatre 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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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.

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Equal parts personal and political, REPRESENT follows three women on both sides of the aisle who share the singular goal...
09/10/2020

Equal parts personal and political, REPRESENT follows three women on both sides of the aisle who share the singular goal of improving their community through public service.

Rent REPRESENT today & help support the Dryden Theatre until we can reopen!

Happy Labor Day!!!
09/07/2020

Happy Labor Day!!!

Independent filmmakers Leo Hurwitz & Paul Strand's pro-democracy and workers' rights docudrama NATIVE LAND (1942) includes narration and singing by activist Paul Robeson. The George Eastman Museum is proud to be home to Hurwitz's films and professional papers. Happy Labor Day! https://www.eastman.org/leo-hurwitz-collection

Flyer for NATIVE LAND (1942) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections

NOMAD: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF BRUCE CHATWIN, is perhaps Werner Herzog’s most personal film to date.Show your support for th...
09/05/2020

NOMAD: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF BRUCE CHATWIN, is perhaps Werner Herzog’s most personal film to date.

Show your support for the Dryden by renting NOMAD today at https://bit.ly/30Wwxh9

09/04/2020
My Prince Edward | FEFF 22 Trailer

MY PRINCE EDWARD follows the story of Fong, a young woman in Hong Kong, who must sort out the sham marriage that she was paid to take part in years ago before she can get married for real.

Help support the Dryden Theatre by renting MY PRINCE EDWARD at https://bit.ly/2E6TuoJ

Norris WONG, “my two husbands” dramedy, Hong Kong 2019, European Premiere Un anticonvenzionale mix di dramma e commedia coinvolge la novella sposa Fong quand...

During this challenging time, the Dryden Theatre is relying heavily on the ongoing generosity of our audiences!Help supp...
09/03/2020

During this challenging time, the Dryden Theatre is relying heavily on the ongoing generosity of our audiences!

Help support our mission by renting a film via the Virtual Dryden Theatre at https://bit.ly/2OZ4wid

09/02/2020
REPRESENT (2019)

Three women. Running for office. On their own terms! #WomanCrushWednesday

Rent REPRESENT (2019) today & help support the Dryden Theatre!

Have you seen Werner Herzog's latest masterpiece? NOMAD (2019) unveils Werner Herzog's creative and personal vision whic...
08/31/2020
ONLINE—Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin | George Eastman Museum

Have you seen Werner Herzog's latest masterpiece?

NOMAD (2019) unveils Werner Herzog's creative and personal vision which he shared with iconic travel writer Bruce Chatwin, the prolific author of 'In Patagonia' and a champion of the nomadic life.

Rent today by clicking the link below!

Virual Dryden Theatre | Streaming Online. Werner Herzog turns the camera on himself and his decades-long friendship with the late travel writer Bruce Chatwin, a kindred spirit whose quest for ecstatic truth carried him to all corners of the globe.

MY PRINCE EDWARD (2019) makes you wholeheartedly cheer for a woman’s independence and a new age in Hong Kong cinema!Lear...
08/29/2020
ONLINE—My Prince Edward | George Eastman Museum

MY PRINCE EDWARD (2019) makes you wholeheartedly cheer for a woman’s independence and a new age in Hong Kong cinema!

Learn more by clicking the link below!

Virtual Dryden Theatre | Streaming Online. Serving countless newlyweds in Hong Kong’s go-to one-stop-shop of cheap wedding supplies doesn’t exempt Fong from social pressure to marry. As Fong redefines her best life and writer-director Norris Wong reclaims her home city's narrative from outsiders...

Happy Birthday to the talented Ingrid Bergman! Bergman was born in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1915 and later became one of Ho...
08/29/2020

Happy Birthday to the talented Ingrid Bergman! Bergman was born in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1915 and later became one of Hollywood's greatest leading actresses!

What's your favorite Ingrid Bergman film?

NOMAD: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF BRUCE CHATWIN is premiering today via the Virtual Dryden Theatre!In NOMAD (2019), Werner Herz...
08/28/2020

NOMAD: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF BRUCE CHATWIN is premiering today via the Virtual Dryden Theatre!

In NOMAD (2019), Werner Herzog turns the camera on himself and his decades-long friendship with the late travel writer Bruce Chatwin.

Rent today at https://bit.ly/30Wwxh9

#OnThisDay in 1951,  AN AMERICAN IN PARIS directed by Vincente Minnelli, starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, premiered...
08/26/2020

#OnThisDay in 1951, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS directed by Vincente Minnelli, starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, premiered in London!

Did you know that AN AMERICAN IN PARIS was Gene Kelly's favorite of all of his musicals?

REPRESENT is a movie for our times. As the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment passes this month, more ...
08/25/2020
Represent | Represent - Dryden Theatre | Represent

REPRESENT is a movie for our times. As the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment passes this month, more and more women are getting into the political arena, at all levels. This documentary follows three of them as they struggle for recognition, party support, and getting their ideas heard in the public conversation. Rent the film here: https://watch.eventive.org/represent2020/play/5f32bc993f0ec50029e6d384

Equal parts personal and political, REPRESENT follows three women on both sides of the aisle who share the singular goal of improving their community through public service. Myya attempts to spark a youth movement and unseat the incumbent mayor of Detroit; Bryn, a farmer and working mother in Granvi...

THE AUGUST VIRGIN (2019)🎞 Streaming Online 📅 Through September 17🎬 Film Series: Virtual DrydenIn an act of faith, Eva de...
08/25/2020

THE AUGUST VIRGIN (2019)
🎞 Streaming Online
📅 Through September 17
🎬 Film Series: Virtual Dryden
In an act of faith, Eva decides to stay in Madrid over the summer, when all the other locals leave. August offers her a chance to start from scratch.
https://bit.ly/31Rxsib

08/24/2020
ROW8 - Best Seats in the House

The Dryden Theatre's Virtual Cinema continues with the Spanish film THE AUGUST VIRGIN. Eva is staying home in Madrid during the August holidays, making her a "virgin" at the festivals, markets, and museums frequented by tourists during the month. Throughout her vacation, she explores herself, the world around her, and their relationship. A beautiful film on reflection, when we've been doing a lot of that ourselves... Rent it here: https://row8.com/movie-details/93272743_gem

#OnThisDay in 1938, YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU from the play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, directed by Frank Capra...
08/23/2020

#OnThisDay in 1938, YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU from the play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, directed by Frank Capra, premiered & went on to win Best Picture!

Did you know a 1938 feature film usually ran to 8,000 feet of film? Frank Capra shot 329,000 feet for this one!

08/22/2020

#Film101 Did you know that a “Russian ending” was an alternate ending made exclusively for Russian distribution? They would change any original happy ending into a tragedy!

08/21/2020
Dryden Theatre Recommends: Q&A with Director April Wright

Many of you know we had planned to open this week, but theaters have not yet been allowed to open. The programming this week was all about the cinematic experience, and featured two documentaries by filmmaker April Wright - one about Drive-In Theaters, the other about Movie Palaces. Earlier this week, April sat down (virtually) with Jared Case to talk about these two films and how you can see them at home:

Curator Jared Case chats with director April Wright about her film series, Going Attractions, which looks into the history and legacy of cinemas and drive-in...

THE AUGUST VIRGIN is premiering today via The Virtual Dryden!Join us tomorrow (8/22) for a Q&A with director Jonás Trueb...
08/21/2020

THE AUGUST VIRGIN is premiering today via The Virtual Dryden!

Join us tomorrow (8/22) for a Q&A with director Jonás Trueba (2019) at 5 pm EST moderated by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and film programmer Robert Rosenberg!

Register today at https://bit.ly/3fVhjwY
Rent THE AUGUST VIRGIN at https://bit.ly/31Rxsib

#OnThisDay in 1951, RASHOMON directed by Akira Kurosawa wins the Golden Lion at the 12th Venice Film Festival!Did you kn...
08/20/2020

#OnThisDay in 1951, RASHOMON directed by Akira Kurosawa wins the Golden Lion at the 12th Venice Film Festival!

Did you know that the "Rashomon effect" (a term related to the notorious unreliability of eyewitnesses) was named after the film??

THE AUGUST VIRGIN (2019) is the journey of one woman, a dreamy, sensual summer story of a delayed coming of age, dancing...
08/20/2020

THE AUGUST VIRGIN (2019) is the journey of one woman, a dreamy, sensual summer story of a delayed coming of age, dancing in the streets, and good conversation.

Premiering tomorrow via the Virtual Dryden Theatre!

Join us for a live panel tomorrow at 8 PM CT with REPRESENT (2019) Director Hillary Bachelder, subject Julie Cho, and ca...
08/19/2020
REPRESENT Panel with Director Hillary Bachelder, Julie Cho, and Bobby Burns

Join us for a live panel tomorrow at 8 PM CT with REPRESENT (2019) Director Hillary Bachelder, subject Julie Cho, and campaign manager Bobby Burns!!!

Learn more and RSVP by clicking the link below!!

And if you haven't seen it already, rent REPRESENT at https://bit.ly/3g1AwgG

Music Box & Chicago Votes Present a live panel w/REPRESENT Director Hillary Bachelder, subject Julie Cho, and campaign manager Bobby Burns.

From choirboy in rural Canada to troubled troubadour to international star, follow Gordon Lightfoot as he reflects on hi...
08/19/2020
ONLINE—Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind | George Eastman Museum

From choirboy in rural Canada to troubled troubadour to international star, follow Gordon Lightfoot as he reflects on his life and impressive career as a talented musician and beloved Canadian icon.

Rent GORDON LIGHTFOOT today at https://bit.ly/3kjBRTi

Virtual Dryden Theatre | Streaming Online. Gordon Lightfoot, Canada’s greatest songwriter, grew up only four hours from Rochester, in Orillia, Ontario. Moving back and forth through time, the film details his career, his battle with substance abuse, and his success with the songs “If You Could R...

100 years ago today, the 19th Amendment was ratified!Celebrate this historic day by watching three women run for local o...
08/18/2020

100 years ago today, the 19th Amendment was ratified!

Celebrate this historic day by watching three women run for local office in REPRESENT (2019)!

Rent today at https://bit.ly/3g1AwgG

Happy Birthday to MGM producer Samuel Goldwyn! This Hollywood mogul was born in Warsaw to Polish Jewish Hasidic parents ...
08/17/2020

Happy Birthday to MGM producer Samuel Goldwyn! This Hollywood mogul was born in Warsaw to Polish Jewish Hasidic parents and eventually worked his way up to become a founding contributor and executive of several motion picture studios in Hollywood.

Did you know Goldwyn was also known for his malapropisms, paradoxes, and other speech errors called 'Goldwynisms'?

#OnThisDay in 1939 "The Wizard of Oz" premiered at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood! Did you know that Dorothy's fam...
08/15/2020

#OnThisDay in 1939 "The Wizard of Oz" premiered at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood!

Did you know that Dorothy's famous ruby slippers were originally silver? But MGM studio head Louis B. Mayer wanted to show off Technicolor, so he changed the hue!

REPRESENT (2019) is premiering today via the Virtual Dryden Theatre!Each rental helps support the Dryden until our reope...
08/14/2020

REPRESENT (2019) is premiering today via the Virtual Dryden Theatre!

Each rental helps support the Dryden until our reopening!
Rent today at https://bit.ly/3g1AwgG

Want to support the Dryden AND watch new, curated films?Rent a film via our Virtual Theatre at https://bit.ly/2OZ4wid
08/14/2020

Want to support the Dryden AND watch new, curated films?

Rent a film via our Virtual Theatre at https://bit.ly/2OZ4wid

Happy Birthday to the Master of Suspense! Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980) was born in the flat above his parents' leased gr...
08/13/2020

Happy Birthday to the Master of Suspense! Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980) was born in the flat above his parents' leased grocer's shop at 517 High Road, Leytonstone, on the outskirts of east London.

What's your favorite Hitchcock film?

08/13/2020
Dryden Theatre Recommends: Sunless Shadows (2019)

Documentary director Mehrdad Oskouei has made something of a career examining the Iranian prison system. In his latest film, SUNLESS SHADOWS, he profiles a group of young women convicted of murder and spending their days in a small detention center. Society begets its own justice system, which in turn begets society in a vicious cycle, and we hear these women as they address their victims in diary-style video messages. The rental is only $12, and helps support The Dryden until we can reopen: https://cinemaguild.vhx.tv/checkout/sunless-shadows-george-eastman-museum/purchase

(Mehrdad Oskouei, Iran/Norway 2019, 74 min.) Documentarian Mehrdad Oskouei takes his camera inside a juvenile detention center for his fourth film focusing o...

REPRESENT (2019) is premiering this tomorrow via the Virtual Dryden Theatre.Each rental directly supports the Dryden unt...
08/13/2020

REPRESENT (2019) is premiering this tomorrow via the Virtual Dryden Theatre.

Each rental directly supports the Dryden until we can reopen!

#OnThisDay in 1927, the film WINGS was released! WINGS is one of only two silent films - the other being THE ARTIST (201...
08/12/2020

#OnThisDay in 1927, the film WINGS was released! WINGS is one of only two silent films - the other being THE ARTIST (2011) - to win an Oscar for best picture.

Miss the Dryden Theatre? Improve your home movie experience with these tips!1. Make it immediate: Schedule a date with a...
08/12/2020

Miss the Dryden Theatre? Improve your home movie experience with these tips!
1. Make it immediate: Schedule a date with a movie, no interruptions
2. Make it communal: Share reactions with friends online or at a safe distance
3. Make it immersive: Phone off, lights low, no distractions

Learn more tips with our Dryden Theatre e-news this Thursday; sign up at https://bit.ly/GEM_enews

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Will you be announcing January movies soon?
I've never been to the theatre but we are interested in seeing White Christmas. Can we get tickets at the door or do we have to get them ahead of time?
I'd like to suggest a Walter Hill Revival. The Warriors (2nd fav) Streets of Fire (1st fav) 48 Hrs. (3rd fav)
Since the showing of It's a Wonderful Life is sold out, will you be having a second showing of this movie and if so when? Thank you
It would be nice if you had the movie schedule posted. Wondering what the movie is today at 130pm...free for 55 and above