Eastman Theatre was established in 1922 by George Eastman. He partnered with University of Rochester President Rush Rhees to create the Eastman School of Music, which included Eastman Theatre as a student performance space and as the home of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. The theater is also home to Gateways Music Festival held every-other year in August, and is the premier venue for Rochester International Jazz Festival each June. There is always music flowing through the theatre!
Fun facts about Eastman Theatre
In 1922, the theater included the largest theater organ in the nation at the time and the latest in electrical technology and mechanical engineering with the world’s largest marquee stretching 367 feet. source
Kodak Hall features a majestic chandelier, containing 20,000 individual pieces of crystal from Italy and the Czech Republic. source
There is a glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly hanging in Wolk Atrium, located between Kodak Hall in Eastman Theatre and Hatch Recital Hall.
I love to listen to music and in listening I’ve come to think of it as a necessary part of life. There are no drawbacks to music, you can’t have too much of it.
The three main stages at Eastman Theatre
Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre
Housing 2,326 seats, Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre is the principal concert hall for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the Eastman School of Music’s larger ensembles and annual fully staged Eastman Opera Theatre productions. view events
Three stories high and decorated in the Venetian Renaissance style, the 444-seat hall is renowned for its remarkable beauty, pure acoustics, and excellent sight lines. Considered by many to be one of the finest chamber music halls in the world.
Hatch Recital Hall
With 222 seats, Hatch Hall is an ideal size for solo instrumental, chamber, and vocal music. Along with its elegant appearance and outstanding acoustics, the hall boasts state-of-the-art acoustical and multimedia technology.
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
When you think Nutcracker, Gala Holiday Pops, and classical music you think of the RPO. But Ghostbusters? Final Fantasy? Harry Potter? Star Wars? That’s the RPO as well! In addition, there are special guests that perform with the RPO, like Leslie Odom, Jr. (Arron Burr, Hamilton original cast) coming in January 2019. And if you ever see an announcement for Yo Yo Ma, grab your tickets quick!
View schedule of RPO Events (including free community events)
Eastman School of Music
The School presents more than 700 performances and showcase recitals each year. Most of these events are free and open to the public, though some are ticketed. Eastman School of Music also provides concerts via live-stream, perfect for those cold, winter nights!
Eastman Theatre is the center of activity during Jazz Fest
If you’re in town for the Rochester International Jazz Festival, we have a bunch of great day trips ideas close to the venues!
Take time before a show or during intermission to explore the beautiful details
note: descriptions of the halls are simplified, though nearly verbatim from the Eastman Theatre website
Learn more about his life and legacy by visiting the George Eastman Museum.