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12 Historic Small Movie Theaters Around Rochester

Many of these small movie theaters first opened during World War I and in the Roaring ’20s. All have since transitioned to digital, with the intentional exception of Eastman Museum’s Dryden Theater.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m truly pleased with the luxurious recliners available in mega-plex theaters these days, but there is something about a 100-year-old movie house that enhances your experience and transcends you through space and time.

Historic Small Movie Theaters Around Rochester Strand Theater Brockport

1. Strand Theater Brockport (1908)

First-run, single-feature movies. Second oldest active movie theater in the country. Changed name from Lyric Theater to Strand Theater in 1916 when remodeled.

Historic Small Movie Theaters Around Rochester Cinema Theater Rochester

2. Cinema Theater Rochester (1914)

Cash only, double-feature, first-run movies. The City of Rochester’s oldest theater.

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Historic Small Movie Theaters Around Rochester Geneseo Riviera

3. Geneseo Riviera (1914)

Shows seasonal favorite and classic single-feature movies. Originally opened as The Rex Theater, changing its name in 1936.

Ohmann Theater Lyons NY

4. Ohmann Theatre Lyons (1915)

First run, single-feature movies. Owned and operated by descendants of the original Ohmann family.

Historic Small Movie Theaters Around Rochester Star Theater Dansville

5. Star Theater Dansville (1921)

Cash only, single-feature, first-run movies.

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Historic Small Movie Theaters Around Rochester Glen Theater Watkins Glen

6. Glen Theater Watkins Glen (1924)

First-run, single-feature movies.

Historic Small Movie Theaters Around Rochester Aurora Theater East Aurora

7. Aurora Theater (1925)

First-run, single-feature movies.

Historic Small Movie Theaters Around Rochester Palace Theater Lockport

8. Palace Theater Lockport (1925)

First-run and seasonal favorite , single-feature movies.

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9. The Little Theater Rochester (1928)

Independent and foreign films. Many films accompanied by formal discussion with experts.

Historic Small Movie Theaters Around Rochester Palace Theater Wolcott

10. Palace Theater Wolcott (1938)

First-run, single-feature movies, cash only.

Historic Small Movie Theaters Around Rochester Spotlight Theater Warsaw

11. Spotlight Theater Warsaw (1948)

First-run, single-feature movies.

Historic Small Movie Theaters Around Rochester Dryden Theater Eastman House

12. Dryden Theater Rochester (1951)

All films shown in their original format, including nitrate films, initially opened to screen the museum’s film collection. Many films accompanied by formal discussion with experts.

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Of course, we can’t forget about Drive-In Theaters around Rochester!

 

note: images are from Google Maps

Debi Bower

Born, raised and living life as a digital designer in Rochester, NY! I am also a day-tripper, writer & photographer, exploring the nooks and crannies that make our part of New York State so special.

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