Dryden Theatre closes for renovation project

Posted at: 01/02/2013 3:47 AM
Updated at: 01/02/2013 6:33 AM

The Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House will go dark Wednesday as a massive renovation project begins. The theatre, which is one of the oldest film archival venues, will reopen March 2.

The renovations will include new seats, new lighting, digital projection and enhancements to the projection booth. A digital projection system will allow the Eastman House to screen contemporary movies and preserved digital copies of historic films. The Dryden is one of only five theatres in the country with the equipment to project original nitrate film made before 1951, and that will be preserved alongside the new digital projection system. A new loop system for the hard-of-hearing will be added during the renovation.

The 2013 renovation project is funded by a grant from the New York State Senate and support from individual donors. Special events are planned for the re-opening of the theatre in March and April.

The Dryden Theatre is named for George Eastman's niece, Ellen Dryden. The Dryden has hosted hundreds of filmmakers and actors in its 62 years of operation, and more than 1-million movie-goers.