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.

03/12/2020
The Dryden Theatre

It was a squeaker for WHITE, WHITE DAY yesterday, putting our final film in the second round, which begins today. Last Monday, we had a tie in the first round, so today's matchup is a three-way contest of foreign films. It looks like Facebook only allows two options in its polling tool, so you'll have to comment on this thread with your choice!

Bulgaria's official entry to the Oscars, Milkos Lazarov's AGA (from Big World Pictures) is a contemplative look at life above the arctic circle, which played festivals around the globe and is a searing look at a changing world. Check out the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfqsfIROJHs

Ina Weisse's first directorial effort in more than a decade, THE AUDITION (from Strand Releasing) stars Nina Hoss (Christian Petzold's PHOENIX and BARBARA) as a violin teacher who takes an inordinate interest in a new student. Here's a clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCGuMKbrASw&t=59s

The Dardenne Brothers (TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT; THE KID WITH A BIKE; ROSETTA) are back with another challenging film. Kino Lorber's YOUNG AHMED follows a Muslim teenager in Belgium who is radicalized over his single mother's wishes and targets someone very close to him. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTlhjBUikVw&t=3s

Which film would you rather see at The Dryden?

03/11/2020

It was a big win for Bruno Dumont's JOAN OF ARC yesterday, and for our final Round 1 matchup, we travel to Europe again (to Iceland and Romania, specifically) before we head into Round 2 tomorrow.

Film Movement's A WHITE, WHITE DAY follows retired policeman Ingimundur as he picks up the pieces following his wife's death in a car accident. When he discovers his wife may have had an affair, he will go to great lengths to uncover the truth. Check out the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmCJRIKd3U8

THE WHISTLERS comes from director Corneliu Porumboiu (POLICE, ADJECTIVE) and Magnolia Pictures. Cristi, a policeman playing both sides of the law, teams up with the beautiful Gilda on a high-stakes heist using a whistling language learned in the Canary Islands. Here's the trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7I6i943qUA

Which film would you rather see at The Dryden?

03/10/2020

Werner Herzog's NOMAD moves on to Round 2 of The Dryden's March Madness bracket yesterday. There are only two matchups left in the first round, so let's get at it!

Bruno Dumont's follow-up to JEANNETTE: THE CHILDHOOD OF JOAN OF ARC is simply titled JOAN OF ARC, and comes from Kimstim. Dumont elides the battle scenes for the precursor and aftermath, preferring to focus on the discussions that happen around St. Joan. You can see the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40WhnjJS6a4

Grasshopper Film's VITALINA VARELA is Pedro Costa's meta-narrative about Vitalina Varela, played by Vitalina Varela. After two decades of separation from her husband, Vitalina travels from Cape Verde to Portugal, only to arrive days after her husband's funeral. Check out the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NFEWJjRpjs

Which film would you rather see at The Dryden?

03/09/2020

We're back! And the Madness is intensifying. We started and ended last week with ties, so there are more films moving on. We'll get into the second round later this week, but to finish off the first round, we've got three more matchups to go. Today, it's head-to-head documentaries:

Music Box Films' NOMAD: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF BRUCE CHATWIN is the latest doc from Werner Herzog, as he explores the writings and travels of his friend, from Patagonia to Australia. Check out the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeuWfbDtw6c

OLIVER SACKS: HIS OWN LIFE comes from Zeitgeist Films and director Ric Burns. Featuring interviews done near the end of his life, the famed neurologist talked about his life and work, dreams and fears. Here's a clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etOyXtRAUYY

Which film would you rather see at The Dryden?

Construction update! Progress is continuing on the ESL Federal Credit Union Pavilion. We are excited to see the outline ...
03/06/2020

Construction update! Progress is continuing on the ESL Federal Credit Union Pavilion. We are excited to see the outline of the Thomas Tischer Visitor Center come together.

03/06/2020

It was a big win yesterday for the strange but compelling KOKO-DI KOKO-DA, and we are now halfway through the first round of competition. Today, it's doc vs. narrative with very different interests. Let us know what you think!

KOSHIEN: JAPAN'S FIELD OF DREAMS from First Run Features takes a look at the 100th annual Koshien national baseball tournament for high school teams. We see through the eyes of a coach who has been struggling to get back to the tournament, and his protege, who has had more success and sent a couple of players to the major leagues. Check out the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLzHm9KVag4

From Beta Cinema, NOWHERE SPECIAL is a touching story about a widowed father of a 3-year-old who discovers he only has months to live. Without letting his son know about the situation, he only has a limited time to find a new family to raise him. This one doesn't even have a trailer yet, but you can read about the film here: https://www.betacinema.com/en/produkt/do/detail.html?id=4753

Which film would you rather see at The Dryden?
And come back on Monday to continue the Madness!

03/05/2020

It was a big win yesterday for Angela Schanelec and her new film, as it moves on to the second round. Today, we pit some genre films against each other to get your tastes.

JINPA, from Icarus Films and producer Wong Kar-Wai, is a Chinese drama (in the Tibetan language) that follows a truck driver and the hitch-hiker he picks up, on his way to kill someone. Check out the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdK-yNrnQBk

Darkstar Pictures' KOKO-DI KOKO-DA is a violent, absurdist horror film that follows a family into the woods, where they meet up with a sideshow artist and his cadre of bad-tempered friends. Here's the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqMEuLgPIpU

Which film would you rather see at The Dryden?

03/04/2020

The Madness rolls on. Yesterday, YOUNG AHMED beat out BALLOON to move to the second round. Today's matchup features a German drama and a Chinese fantasy animation.

The Cinema Guild is offering Angela Schanelec's newest film I WAS AT HOME, BUT... Schanelec has built a reputation as a thoughtful filmmaker who hasn't gotten the exposure in the US. That is, at least, until Film at Lincoln Center decided to mount a retrospective this year. Her latest film tells the story of a 40-something mother looking to regain her balance after the death of her husband. Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=i+was+at+home+but+trailer

JIANG ZIYA comes from the creators of NE ZHA, and is distributed by WELL GO USA. Ten years after being banished to the mortal realm, a commander in the divine army is tasked with carrying out an assassination that could bring him back to the heavenly realm. But this assassination could involve more than one life... Check out the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wc4vZdG3bZ4

Which film would you rather see at The Dryden?

The Dryden Theatre's cover photo
03/03/2020

The Dryden Theatre's cover photo

03/03/2020

The Madness continues! Can you believe it? Across the two platforms, yesterday's matchup was a tie! So both AGA and THE AUDITION move on to the next round in a three-way death match against the victor in today's contest.

Distrib Films US's BALLOON is the true story of two East German families' attempt to escape over the Berlin Wall in 1979. Winner of multiple festival audience awards, this tense, crowd-pleasing thriller will get your blood pumping. Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95LBIwTOR7Q&t=4s

The Dardenne Brothers (TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT; THE KID WITH A BIKE; ROSETTA) are back with another challenging film. Kino Lorber's YOUNG AHMED follows a Muslim teenager in Belgium who is radicalized over his single mother's wishes and targets someone very close to him. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTlhjBUikVw&t=3s

Which film would you rather see at The Dryden?

03/02/2020

The time has arrived! The Dryden Theatre is posting its own "March Madness"-style bracket to get your feedback on what new films you'd like to see at The Dryden. Every weekday over the next three weeks, there will be another poll on Twitter and Facebook. Sixteen films will go head-to-head, and only one will be left standing at the end of the bracket. Starting today, look for trailers for the films, then vote in the poll. Each one closes at midnight, so get your vote in soon!

We're starting today with a matchup between:
Big World Pictures' AGA (https://t.co/RCcmwmTtYq?amp=1)

VERSUS

Strand Releasing's THE AUDITION (https://t.co/WCHHjMCSq8?amp=1)

Bulgaria's official entry to the Oscars, Milkos Lazarov's AGA is a contemplative look at life above the arctic circle, which played festivals around the globe and is a searing look at a changing world.

Ina Weisse's first directorial effort in more than a decade, THE AUDITION stars Nina Hoss (Christian Petzold's PHOENIX and BARBARA) as a violin teacher who takes an inordinate interest in a new student.

Remember, no necking allowed in the balcony during Nitrate Picture Show! Happy Valentines Day!  DRACULA (1931) George Ea...
02/14/2020

Remember, no necking allowed in the balcony during Nitrate Picture Show! Happy Valentines Day!

DRACULA (1931) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections (Frances Dade, Bela Lugosi)

Did you know the Dryden Theatre was designed by the engineering division at Eastman Kodak? The exterior was designed to ...
02/06/2020

Did you know the Dryden Theatre was designed by the engineering division at Eastman Kodak? The exterior was designed to match the Georgian details of George Eastman’s house as closely as possible, using the same general lines and materials.

With all the construction, we've been thinking about how our theater came to be! Oscar N. Solbert, the museum's first di...
02/04/2020

With all the construction, we've been thinking about how our theater came to be! Oscar N. Solbert, the museum's first director, wanted a proper venue to screen films, so he appealed to George Dryden, widower of Eastman’s niece Ellen, for funding. Construction began in April 1950!

Recognize this space? This is where the bathrooms outside of the Dryden used to be! Now, the space is fully open to wher...
01/28/2020

Recognize this space? This is where the bathrooms outside of the Dryden used to be! Now, the space is fully open to where the cafe and store used to be. While we are sad the Dryden is closed, we are so excited for the new Thomas Tischer Visitor Center.

This program is from the Dryden Theatre's first ever film series, which began on Wednesday, March 14, 1951. The title of...
01/17/2020

This program is from the Dryden Theatre's first ever film series, which began on Wednesday, March 14, 1951. The title of the series was ‘The Transition from Silence to Sound 1925-1933’, and for only $2.33, you could attend all 8 screenings. Learn more in the Dryden newsletter: https://conta.cc/38e5JK4

Meanwhile, at the Dryden Theatre... our curator of film exhibitions and theater manager share why the Dryden Theatre is ...
01/06/2020
Meanwhile, at the Dryden…

Meanwhile, at the Dryden Theatre... our curator of film exhibitions and theater manager share why the Dryden Theatre is closing for five months and what to expect after we reopen!

Exciting things are happening at the George Eastman Museum this winter as we begin construction on the new visitor center. While this does…

The Dryden Theatre is closed through June 3 to accommodate construction. Join us on June 4, as the theater reopens with ...
01/02/2020

The Dryden Theatre is closed through June 3 to accommodate construction. Join us on June 4, as the theater reopens with The 6th Nitrate Picture Show!

The Dryden Theatre's cover photo
01/02/2020

The Dryden Theatre's cover photo

REBECCA (1940)🎞 35mm📅 Tuesday, December 31, 7:30 p.m.🎬 Film Series: Nitrate Festival FavoriteOur final film before the D...
12/24/2019
Rebecca | George Eastman Museum

REBECCA (1940)
🎞 35mm
📅 Tuesday, December 31, 7:30 p.m.
🎬 Film Series: Nitrate Festival Favorite
Our final film before the Dryden closes for 5 months. See REBECCA the way Hitchcock intended, on nitrate film!

Nitrate Picture Show Festival Favorite | New Year’s Eve Dinner & A Movie. The hit of the 5th Nitrate Picture Show, the George Eastman Museum’s own nitrate print of Rebecca packed the house in May. In anticipation of the 6th edition of the festival in June 2020, come see this vintage print, made ...

BLAZING SADDLES (1974)🎞 35mm📅 Sunday, December 29, 2 p.m.🎬 Film Series: The CanonIn this satirical take on Westerns, rai...
12/22/2019
Blazing Saddles | George Eastman Museum

BLAZING SADDLES (1974)
🎞 35mm
📅 Sunday, December 29, 2 p.m.
🎬 Film Series: The Canon
In this satirical take on Westerns, railroad worker Bart becomes the first black sheriff of Rock Ridge, a frontier town about to be destroyed to make way for a new railroad.

The Canon. Mel Brooks’s third feature, and his first box-office blockbuster, turns the western upside down and inside out.

ROSEMARY'S BABY (1968)🎞 35mm📅 Saturday, December 28, 7:30 p.m.🎬 Film Series: Once Upon a Time... at the DrydenThe film c...
12/21/2019
Rosemary’s Baby | George Eastman Museum

ROSEMARY'S BABY (1968)
🎞 35mm
📅 Saturday, December 28, 7:30 p.m.
🎬 Film Series: Once Upon a Time... at the Dryden
The film chronicles the story of a pregnant woman who suspects an evil cult wants to take her baby for use in their rituals.

Once Upon a Time . . . at the Dryden. The first Hollywood production by the controversial French-Polish director Roman Polanski, this film solidified his standing as a significant commercial filmmaker.

SWEET CHARITY (1969)🎞 DCP📅 Friday, December 27, 7:30 p.m.🎬 Film Series: Once Upon a Time... at the DrydenCharity is a ba...
12/20/2019
Sweet Charity | George Eastman Museum

SWEET CHARITY (1969)
🎞 DCP
📅 Friday, December 27, 7:30 p.m.
🎬 Film Series: Once Upon a Time... at the Dryden
Charity is a bar room dancer who is constantly searching for love, but faces challenges due to her occupation and credulous personality.

Once Upon a Time . . . at the Dryden. Known for films including Cabaret (1972), Lenny (1974), and All That Jazz (1979), Bob Fosse directs this kooky musical comedy-drama starring the always-endearing Shirley MacLaine.

Gearing up for the holidays? So are we, with a weekend of holiday films. There are two screenings of the 1951 version of...
12/20/2019

Gearing up for the holidays? So are we, with a weekend of holiday films. There are two screenings of the 1951 version of SCROOGE (or A CHRISTMAS CAROL in the US), tonight at 7:30 and Sunday at 2pm. This was recently named by CinemaBlend as THE BEST version of the Dickens classic (https://www.cinemablend.com/news/2486986/the-best-a-christmas-carol-movie-adaptations-ever-ranked), and we have it on a rare 35mm print!
Saturday, it's Bing Crosby in his Oscar-winning role as Father O'Malley in GOING MY WAY.
And on Christmas Eve, the romance of the season shines through with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr in AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER.
Brighten your holidays with the glow of the Silver Screen!

Did everyone see Film Comment's Best of 2019 article? The Dryden is proud to have presented 4 films from this year's lis...
12/19/2019

Did everyone see Film Comment's Best of 2019 article? The Dryden is proud to have presented 4 films from this year's list: Christian Petzold's TRANSIT (March 22 and 23), Jean-Luc Godard's THE IMAGE BOOK (June 28), Selene Sciama's PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE (October 19 - Thanks, ImageOut!), and Bi Gan's LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT (November 2). The next Great Movie is just around the corner. Make sure to check back with us in 2020 for more international masterpieces!

ALI (2001)🎞 35mm📅 Thursday, December 26, 7:30 p.m.🎬 Film Series: Boxing DayFeaturing some of the most realistic boxing f...
12/19/2019
Ali | George Eastman Museum

ALI (2001)
🎞 35mm
📅 Thursday, December 26, 7:30 p.m.
🎬 Film Series: Boxing Day
Featuring some of the most realistic boxing footage in a fiction film, ALI (2001) details the life and career of “The Greatest.”

“Boxing” Day Featuring some of the most realistic boxing footage in a fiction film, Ali details the life and career of “The Greatest.”

AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER (1957)🎞 35mm📅 Tuesday, December 24, 7:30 p.m.🎬 Film Series: HolidaysCary Grant and Deborah Kerr ar...
12/17/2019
An Affair to Remember | George Eastman Museum

AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER (1957)
🎞 35mm
📅 Tuesday, December 24, 7:30 p.m.
🎬 Film Series: Holidays
Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr are star-crossed lovers who meet on an ocean voyage and pledge to reunite at the Empire State Building.

Holidays. Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr are star-crossed lovers who meet on an ocean voyage and pledge to reunite at the Empire State Building—until fate and near tragedy get in their way.

The Dryden Theatre at the George Eastman Museum is one of only four cinemas in the United States where you can see nitra...
12/17/2019
The Art of Film Projection: A Beginner's Guide

The Dryden Theatre at the George Eastman Museum is one of only four cinemas in the United States where you can see nitrate film projected. Learn more about the "Art of Film Projection" in our new book!

A gorgeous gift for every cinephile, The Art of Film Projection celebrates this enduring analog artThe Art of Film Projection: A Beginner's Guide is a beautifully produced, comprehensive outline of the materials, equipment and knowledge needed to present the magic of cinema to an enthralled audie...

SCROOGE (1951)🎞 35mm📅 Sunday, December 22, 2 p.m.🎬 Film Series: HolidaysNo holiday season would be complete without an a...
12/15/2019
Scrooge | George Eastman Museum

SCROOGE (1951)
🎞 35mm
📅 Sunday, December 22, 2 p.m.
🎬 Film Series: Holidays
No holiday season would be complete without an adaptation of Charles Dickens’s yuletide classic, and this is one of the best.

Holidays | The Canon. No holiday season would be complete without an adaptation of Charles Dickens’s yuletide classic, and this is one of the best (released in the United States simply as A Christmas Carol).

GOING MY WAY (1944)🎞 35mm📅 Saturday, December 21, 7:30 p.m.🎬 Film Series: HolidaysBing Crosby stars as a young easy-goin...
12/14/2019
Going My Way | George Eastman Museum

GOING MY WAY (1944)
🎞 35mm
📅 Saturday, December 21, 7:30 p.m.
🎬 Film Series: Holidays
Bing Crosby stars as a young easy-going priest takes over a parish from an established old veteran.

Holidays | The Canon. Crooner Bing Crosby stars as Father Charles “Chuck” O’Malley, the easygoing priest who comes from East St. Louis to New York City to bring St. Dominic’s Church out of the dumps.

SCROOGE (1951)🎞 35mm📅 Friday, December 20, 7:30 p.m.🎬 Film Series: HolidaysNo holiday season would be complete without a...
12/13/2019
Scrooge | George Eastman Museum

SCROOGE (1951)
🎞 35mm
📅 Friday, December 20, 7:30 p.m.
🎬 Film Series: Holidays
No holiday season would be complete without an adaptation of Charles Dickens’s yuletide classic, and this is one of the best.

Holidays | The Canon. No holiday season would be complete without an adaptation of Charles Dickens’s yuletide classic, and this is one of the best (released in the United States simply as A Christmas Carol).

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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