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.
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.
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!
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.George Eastman
Explore the beautiful details
of Eastman Theatre
More information about Eastman Theatre
Find events, seating charts, parking details, box office information and more on eastmantheatre.org.
Borrow a VIP Pass from the library for discounted admission to the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra! Buy one ticket at regular price, get 50% off the price of a second ticket. Seating zones 1-3 only. Subject to availability. Not valid for Itzhak Perlman and Audra McDonald. Not to be used in conjunction with other discounts.
Whether it’s your first date night in Rochester or 50th, spending time exploring with your partner is a great way to connect and learn about each other.
note: descriptions of the halls are simplified, though nearly verbatim from the Eastman Theatre website
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