Sit back, relax, and enjoy a show on stage or screen. Experience diverse artistic expression, including interpretive dance, chamber music, Shakespearean plays, and Broadway productions. Whether historic auditoriums or multiplex theaters with reclining seats, Rochester’s movie theaters offer a wide range of first-run, independent, foreign, and student films, live-stream events, and festivals. And be sure to check out a high school musical!
Most theaters offer refreshments on-site or are within walking distance of bars and restaurants, making planning an entertaining afternoon or evening easy.
City of Rochester
885 E. Main St.
This 2,464-seat, Art Deco theater is the home of the Rochester Broadway Theatre League, which brings Broadway’s biggest hits to the city, including The Lion King, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Hamilton, and many more. The architectural details, from the lighting to the ornamental dome ceiling, are as captivating as the performances.
The Avenue Blackbox Theatre
780 Joseph Ave.
The Avenue offers a fully accessible and inclusive space to enjoy the performing arts. Their productions amplify the voices and creative expressions of artists from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
795 E. Main St.
This intimate 108-seat theater offers a variety of plays and musicals ranging from one-actor dramatic performances to comedy, plus their free Hourglass Play Reading Series.
Comedy @ The Carlson
50 Carlson Road
Laugh out loud with some of the country’s funniest comedians. Enjoy dinner and a show, with table seating for 325 people.
George Eastman Museum
900 East Ave.
Enjoy a different cinematic production nearly every night in George Eastman Museum’s 500-seat Dryden Theatre. They screen moving pictures from their collection of over 28,000 titles spanning the entire history of international cinema in their original format, including nitrate films.
255 East Ave.
This grand theater, built by George Eastman in 1922, features several stages, the largest being the 2,326-seat Kodak Hall, the principal concert hall for the world-renowned Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO). Hanging above the auditorium is a stunning 20,000-piece crystal chandelier. The Eastman School of Music offers over 700 student recitals, and faculty shows each year in the 222-seat Hatch Recital Hall and 444-seat Kilbourn Hall, many of which are free to attend. The school provides concerts via live stream at esm.rochester.edu/live, making it easy to enjoy the music from the comfort of your home. But the pleasure of attending a live performance at Eastman Theatre includes admiring intricate architectural details and the fantastic 19-foot-long glass chandelier created by world-renowned sculptor Dale Chihuly that hangs above the stairway in Wolk Atrium.
Geva Theatre Center
75 Woodbury Blvd.
Geva is a vibrant theater that offers an intimate setting for classic and contemporary plays and musicals. Major productions are performed on the 522-seat Wilson Stage, including the annual showing of A Christmas Carol. Smaller-scale productions, including improv comedy, one-actor shows, and readings use the 180-seat Fielding Stage.
Fun fact, Geva (as in Geva Theatre Center) is a portmanteau of Genesee Valley. Like Brangelina, Brexit, Bollywood, and brunch.
The Hochstein School
50 N. Plymouth Ave.
Enjoy student and faculty music and dance performances throughout the year and concerts, including the noon-hour Live from Hochstein series.
200 W. Ridge Road
The 1,968-seat theater hosts touring concerts, comedic performances, and family-friendly productions.
The Little Theatre
240 East Ave.
Specializing in screening independent and foreign films, The Little Theatre also shows first-run movies, live-stream events, themed series, throwback features, and cult classics. Enjoy food, live music, and art in their cafe.
Multi-use Community Cultural Center (MuCCC)
142 Atlantic Ave
The 80-seat repurposed church is the primary home of The Rochester Community Players, Rochester’s oldest community theater group. They offer a space for locally produced plays and musicals, including performances by Off-Monroe Players, Out of Pocket, Inc., and Polite Ink. Comedy.
957 S. Clinton Ave.
Opened in 1914, the Cinema is the city’s oldest movie theater. New owners reimagined Roc Cinema to offer Rochester’s first dine-in theater, offering a creative food and bar menu delivered to your seat. Enjoy a first-run movie, themed throwback, or special feature.
The Theater at Innovation Square
131 Chestnut St
The Theater At Innovation Square is a multi-disciplinary performing arts center for local arts organizations, community engagement, esports, and more. Find parking in the garages at Innovation Square on Court Street, Washington Street, Midtown, or on-street.
The University of Rochester Sloan Performing Arts Center
407 Alumni Road
This 200-seat theater showcases student music, dance, and theatrical performances.
2190 Empire Boulevard
With 12 screens, enjoy a first-run movie from a comfortable reclining chair.
JCC Hart Theater
1200 Edgewood Ave.
The Jewish Community Center offers a wide range of programming, including comedy, musicals, concerts, original plays, Broadway hits, and the annual Big Wigs New Year’s Eve and Hitmakers music series.
Cinemark Tinseltown USA & IMAX
2291 Buffalo Road
Enjoy first-run movies across 16 screens, plus the only IMAX theater in the Rochester area. They also feature spacious reclining chairs with extendable footrests.
2609 W Henrietta Road
Enjoy first-run movies across 10 screens.
4245 East Ave.
Enjoy live performances and community events across several of NAZ’s stages, including the 1,000-seat Callahan Theater.
OFC Creations Theatre Center
3450 Winton Place
OFC focuses on youth theater and memorable performances in their 260-seat theater, with a dinner theater in the 110-seat Old Farm Cafe next door. Don’t miss the hysterical annual performance of A Golden Girls Christmas Carol.
RIT Visual and Performing Arts
One Lomb Memorial Drive
RIT’s 505-seat Ingle Memorial Auditorium hosts concerts, recitals, theater productions, and guest speakers. In the fall of 2023, check their calendar for performances in the new 180-seat Student Hall for Exploration and Development (the SHED). Plans are in place for a performing arts complex to be completed in 2025 featuring a 750-seat theater. A future addition includes a 1,500-seat orchestra hall.
Roberts Wesleyan University
7 Apple Lane
The 1,000-seat Andrews B. Hale Auditorium hosts a performing arts series that features choirs, bands, musicals, plays, dance, lectures, and the annual Christmas Gala.
93 Main St.
The Strand shows first-run, single-feature movies. Opened in 1908, it is the second-oldest active movie theater in the United States.
Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage
180 Holley St.
The college’s Fine Arts Series offers dance, musical, theatrical, and visual arts performances in the 100-seat Black Box Theater.
Avon Park Theater
Avon, Livingston County
71 Genesee St.
The 1938 theater offers music, comedy, and classic and independent movies.
Bristol Valley Theatre
Naples, Ontario County
151 S. Main St.
This professional 196-seat theater produces a robust summer season of plays and musicals from late June through mid-August.
Lyons, Wayne County
65 William St.
Owned and operated by descendants of the Ohmann family since 1915, the theater features first-run, single-feature movies.
Wolcott, Wayne County
12053 E. Main St.
This 1938 theater shows first-run, single-feature movies on weekends.
Regal Eastview Mall
Victor, Ontario County
70 Eastview Mall Drive
Offering reclining seats, enjoy a first-run movie on one of 13 screens.
The Geneseo Riviera
Geneseo, Livingston County
4 Center St.
This 1914 mixed-use performing arts space hosts live music, periodic film screenings, and community events.
Silver Lake Twin Drive-In
Perry, Wyoming County
7037 Chapman Ave.
Enjoy dinner and miniature golf at the Charcoal Corral before a double feature at the drive-in.
Warsaw, Wyoming County
23 S. Main St.
See a first-run, single-feature movie on one of three screens in this 1948 theater.
Dansville, Livingston County
144 Main St.
Enjoy a single-screen, first-run movie in the 1921 theater.
Avon, Livingston County
1520 W. Henrietta Road
The drive-in opens for weekend-only showings around the first Friday in April, then every night during the warmer months. Enjoy a double feature on one of four screens.
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