Évocateur Film Premiere // Dryden Trivia

Posted by on Jan 16 2014 | contest, Motion Pictures, Other

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Before shock jocks, Jerry Springer, and Fox News, one man ravaged the talk show format and delivered his own brand of confrontation and in-your-face antics. His name was Morton Downey Jr., and he turned political debate into shouting matches, occasional fistfights, and downright mayhem.

Featuring interviews with Herman Cain, Pat Buchanan, Chris Elliot, and Gloria Allred, the new documentary Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie probes the methods and motivations of not only Downey’s controversial television persona, but the man he was when the cameras were turned off.

The Dryden Theatre will be host to the Rochester Premiere of Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie on Saturday, January 18 at 8 p.m., and we’re thrilled to welcome the Director of the film, Seth Kramer, as our special guest for the evening.

How well do you know your Morton Downey Jr. trivia? For each correct answer your name will be entered to win a pair of tickets to the screening and one lucky person will win a signed poster! Winners announced Friday, January 17 at 4 p.m. ET.

1. Which of these guests did not appear on the Morton Downey Jr. Show? A. Timothy Leary B. Abbey Hoffman C. Meir Kahane D. Yasser Arafat.

2. What famous surf tune is Morton Downey Jr. incorrectly credited with writing?

3. What talk show guest guest was at the center violent outbreaks on both the Morton Downey Jr. Show and the Geraldo Rivera Show?

Leave your answers in the comment section.


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Tom’s Risky Business // Dryden Trivia

Posted by on Jun 28 2013 | contest, Motion Pictures

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It’s been 30 (?!) years, and some Risky Business is happening tomorrow night (June 29) at the Dryden Theatre at 8 p.m.

Win a pair of tickets! First person to guess at least two of the follow three questions wins…

Winner announced this evening

1. When Tom Cruise showed up to audition for the part of Joel Goodsen he had greasy hair, a make-up tattoo, and smelled, because he’d just come off the set of what movie?

2. More than one Porsche 928 were used in the filming of Risky Business. How many were used?

3. True of False?: Tom Cruise improvised the underwear dancing scene.

Leave your answers in the comment section



*thanks to Kolbe Resnick for thinking these up!  






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Hey! You’re in my seat

Posted by on May 14 2013 | Motion Pictures

I decided to take a little stroll through the Dryden Theatre to see if there were any interesting seat labels from our current Take a Seat campaign (more here) – and I was in luck. Take a look at a few of my faves – the rest you’ll have to come in and see for yourself.

See you at the movies!


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More about the Dryden Theatre’s recent renovation here.

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Details of the Dryden Theatre’s New Atmosphere

Posted by on Apr 18 2013 | Motion Pictures


There are exactly five hundred seats in the new Dryden Theatre. This now makes it the largest archival film theatre in the United States. In a commercial venue we are consumers; in an art house theatre, we are an audience. But in a place like the Dryden, you and I become the witnesses of something more — something special. We are witnessing the beauty of a performing art, just like in a concert hall.

In a good work of art, the devil is in the details:

The art of cinema requires silence but also darkness, so we have provided the theatre with a new atmospheric color and with anti-reflective glass in the balcony. We want patrons to enjoy the time being spent while waiting for the show to start, so we have given the theatre a palette of ever-changing color light in the coves. We also want patrons to see films in their correct aspect ratio, so we have installed not only a brand new screen, but also an automated masking system that will allow all cinema in its proper format.


The seats are another example. The seats  have a pretty standard look, but — if you stand up, no one will hear the slightest sound, because we didn’t want you to be distracted during the screening if someone leaves. The old seats were beautiful, but boy, they were noisy.

More importantly, we want patrons to be able to discover all of the history of cinema, from its very beginnings to the present time. Did you know that there are only four theatres in the United States where you will be able to see digital cinema, 35mm, 16mm, and nitrate film, all in one place? The Dryden is one of these four theatres.

Behind the back wall of the auditorium there are people who are experts in the art and science of film exhibition: they are the film projectionists who know how to handle very film format ever devised. In the auditorium, there is a theatre manager whose duty is to ensure that you and I can see the film without undue distraction and knows the difference between an “OK” projection and a top class presentation.


Outside the theatre, in another area of the museum, a team of skilled technicians is in charge of preserving and making accessible films that were made twenty, fifty, and over one hundred years ago. Their duty is to make these films permanently accessible in their original form, now and for posterity.

That’s what art museums are about. That’s what makes a museum theatre different from any other venue.

-by Paolo Cherchi Usai, Senior Curator of Motion Pictures at George Eastman House 






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The New Dryden

Posted by on Feb 28 2013 | Motion Pictures, Other


The newly renovated Dryden Theatre opens this weekend with a completely new look – darker walls, new seats, carpeting on all floor areas, along with new ceiling and aisle lighting that is reminiscent of the great cinema houses of the past. These updates significantly enhance the viewing experience by improving sound absorption and minimizing reflection on the screen.

In addition, the Dryden remains one of only four theaters in the world equipped for the projection of original nitrate film (manufactured before 1951) as well as every major film format in the medium’s history. The renovation’s installation of a Barco digital projector now allows Eastman House to present the wealth of contemporary digital cinema and the installation of automated masking allows the screen to optimally accommodate all cinematic formats.


Both enhancements further support the Museum’s commitment to honor the aesthetic choices of filmmakers of all eras. Additionally, a new loop system for the hard-of-hearing further assures the accommodation and comfort of all patrons. The newly-renovated Dryden will provide today’s—and generations of tomorrow’s— movie-goers with an exceptional cinematic experience by combining the ambience of the classic movie house of the 1950s with the comfort and technology of 2013 and beyond.


See you at the movies!



More on the Dryden Theatre Renovation:
Part I, The Curtain Stays
Part II, Seatless
Part III, Cement, Lighting, and Accessibility
Part IV, Painting, Listening System and Digital Projection
Part V, Stage and Carpet
Part VI, Seats and Projection Booth

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