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Dryden Theatre reopens after renovations

Posted at: 03/02/2013 11:20 PM

Spotlights lit up the sky on East Avenue Saturday night to celebrate the reopening of the Dryden Theatre at the Eastman House.

More than $500,000 worth of renovations were made to the theatre during the last two months.

The 61 year-old theater reopened with a special screening of the 2004 film "Sideways" and a question and answer session with its Oscar-winning director Alexander Payne.

"The fact that the Dryden has been here since '51 and operates at a deep-tissue level in the hearts of many Rochesterians, that has to mean something,” said Payne.

The theater now includes new seats, a new screen, digital projection and enhanced lighting.