Ground floor of the Dryden

  1. Location
  2. Contact Us
  3. Admission Prices
  4. Hours
  5. Dryden Staff
  6. Facilities
  7. Past Guests
  8. History


The Dryden Theatre is located at George Eastman House in Rochester, New York.

The Dryden Theatre
900 East Avenue
Rochester NY, 14607

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Public Transportation

RTS Rt 17 : East Ave (pdf)
RTS Rt 18 : University Ave (pdf)

Contact Us

General line – 585.271.3361
Advance ticket information – 585.271.3361 x295
General Film Information – 585.271.4090
Dryden Theatre Box Office – 585.271.3361 x239

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Admission Prices

Regular Dryden Programs

General admission – $8.00
Members – $6.00
Students – $4.00

Advance tickets are available at our box office.

Take-10 Passes

General – $65.00
Members – $45.00
Students – $30.00

Take-10 passes are good for 10 individual admissions. This pass gives you many options: you can use it to admit yourself 10 times; or yourself and a friend 5 times; or yourself and 9 friends one time; or any other combination you like! It’s easy; just remember it’s the same as having 10 individual tickets.
Take-10 passes are available at our box office or at the admissions desk during Museum hours.


The Dryden Theatre Box Office opens 45 minutes before any given screening. Screening times do vary, so please check our calendar for the most up to date information.

George Eastman House Hours & Information

Dryden Staff

Spencer Christiano Projection Specialist
Jim Harte Archival Projectionist
Steve Hryvniak Archival Projectionist
Darryl Jones Archival Projectionist
Jurij Meden Curator of Film Exhibitions
Malin Kan Theater Manager
Patrick Tiernan Archival Projectionist
Ben Tucker Assistant Collection Manager/Archival Projectionist



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

As of the 2013 renovations the Dryden is equipped with a Barco Digital Cinema projector capable of projecting DCPs and a wide variety of alternative content.


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.

The Dryden Theatre is equipped with a state-of-the-art hearing loop system, made possible by the Rochester Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America.


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.
The Nitrate Picture Show
The world’s first Festival of Film Conservation, May 1-3, 2015
Come to the Nitrate Picture Show and discover the original cinematic experience. Read more


The Dryden Theatre has a capacity of 500 people.

Past Guests: 1999 – 2013

Jim Jarmusch, Meryl Streep, Janet Leigh, Joseph H. Lewis, Walter Murch, Albert Maysles, Nina Davenport, Fay Wray, Norman Jewison, Tony Curtis, James Earl Jones, Peter Bodganovich, David Gordon Green, Danny Peary, John Gianvito, Werner Herzog, Gary Farmer, Steve Buscemi, Richard Widmark, Eli Wallach, Haskell Wexler, Christopher Munch, Robert Forster, Richard Gordon, Joseph Sargent, Jonathan Rosenbaum, Lynne Stopkewich, Michael Fitzgerald, Richard Fleischer, Paul Thomas Anderson, Kathryn Bigelow, Ron Mann, Ross McElwee, Andrew Bujalski, Philip Kaufman, Kim Novak, Verna Bloom, Willem Dafoe, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Charles Burnett, Lee Demarbre, John Landis, Deborah Nadoolman Landis, Ray Harryhausen, Phil Tippett, Jeff Bridges, Carvin Eison, Christine Christopher, Lynne Sachs, Tim Hunter, Robert Culp, Don Hertzfeldt, Andreas Dresen, Jon Davison, Roger Ebert, Kris Kristofferson, Donnie Fritts, Nick Redman, Tab Hunter, Don McKellar, Jim Finn, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor, Tony Huston, Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala, Bob Rafelson, Paul Mazursky, Crispin Glover, Lodge Kerrigan, Joshua Marston, Farley Granger, Jeff Krulik, Ian Ruskin, Pat Healy, Craig Zobel, Bruce Goldstein, Steve Kurtz, Jonathan Lethem, Antonio Ferrera, Lisa Muskat, Immy Humes, Seymour Cassel, Ben Gazzara, Al Ruban, Robert Siegel, Robin Lehman, Michael Shannon, Tyrone Power, Jr., Sean Chercover, Shannon Clute, Megan Abbott, Charles Benoit, James Gray, Jonas Mekas, Peter Ostrum, Morgan Atkinson, Amy Greenfield, Bill Plympton, Ben Niles, Jonathan Lee, Todd Rohal, Bob Furmanek, Alexander Payne, James Ivory, David Francis, Joss Marsh, Joel Hodgson, Ben Shapiro.

James Card Memorial Lecturers:

2000 – Jeanine Basinger
2001 – Kevin Brownlow
2002 – Neil Brand
2003 – Serge Bromberg
2004 – Robert Gitt
2005 – Rusty Casselton
2006 – Edith Kramer
2007 – Bob Rosen
2008 – Richard Koszarski
2009 – Ed Stratmann
2010 – Ed Stratmann & Caroline Frick Page
2012 – Dennis Doros

Musical Accompanist:

Phil Carli


The Dryden Theatre is the Museum’s sole exhibition space for showcasing its unparalleled collection of motion pictures, as well as fine selections from the world’s other great archives, and premieres of new foreign and independent cinema. To date, more than 13,000 film titles have been screened using the original Century projectors installed over fifty years ago. The Dryden Theatre is one of the most vibrant exhibition spaces of the Museum, attracting more than 40,000 visitors each year. With diverse programming featuring more than 450 contemporary and archival film titles, the Dryden remains an integral part of the Museum experience.

The Dryden Theatre was constructed in 1951 after George Eastman House received a generous donation from George and Ellen Dryden. Ellen Dryden was George Eastman’s niece. 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 a close friend and confidante of Henri Langlois of the Cinémathèque Française in Paris. Together, they helped contribute to the appreciation of film as an art form.