The New Dryden

Posted by on Feb 28 2013 | Motion Pictures, Other

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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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Eastman House Giveaway: Two Tickets to the Dryden Theatre Reopening with Alexander Payne

Posted by on Feb 22 2013 | Motion Pictures

down to the wire, the Dryden one week before reopening

The day has almost come. The Dryden Theatre will reopen its doors Saturday March 2, 2013 for a fresh cinematic experience and new chapter in film and digital technology.

We are thrilled to give away a pair of tickets for our opening night celebration. The evening will  feature a screening of the “comic, tragic, and deeply empathetic” film, SIDEWAYS followed by a Q&A with special guest and Academy Award® winning writer-director Alexander Payne.
Want your chance at being a part of this historical evening? Just follow these simple steps:

1. Become a fan of our Dryden Theatre Facebook page:

2. Then, do one of the following:

-Retweet this post (include both @eastmanhouse and @drydentheatre)

-Or leave us a comment below telling us why you should be the winner!

 

Contest starts today – we’ll pick a winner and announce Thursday February 28, at 7:30 p.m. EST.

Or take no chances and buy your tickets today.

 

We’ve been talking about the renovation and upgrades all along the way – check out our series, via Theatre Manager, Kolbe Resnick.

 

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Silent Tuesdays!

Posted by on Sep 18 2012 | Motion Pictures

The White Rose (D. W. Griffith, US 1923, 100 min.)

The Artist’s massive commercial success may have brought silent film into prominence again, but at Eastman House, it has always been one of the cornerstones of our programs. If you desire more of this wonderful art form, come and see the originals this fall as the Dryden Theatre presents an exciting series of silents in collaboration with the University of Rochester, featuring the expressive talents of stars like Gloria Swanson, Douglas Fairbanks, and John Gilbert and the artistic mastery of directors such as Cecil B. DeMille, D. W. Griffith, and King Vidor.

There will be battles of the sexes, Japanese volcanoes, requited and unrequited love, religious and irreligious maniacs, the French Revolution and World War I, and plenty of laughter, tears, and astonishment.

We hope you can join us for this collection of films, many of which will screen in new restorations courtesy of Eastman House — and some of which will be screening for the first time since their original release! And of course, because silent films were never truly silent, all screenings (except on Oct. 16) will feature live musical accompaniment by Philip C. Carli.

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 8 p.m.
The Wrath of the Gods
Tuesday, Sept. 25, 8 p.m.
The White Rose

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 8 p.m.
Mr. Fix-It

Tuesday, Oct. 16, 8 p.m.
The Big Parade

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 8 p.m.
Trapped by the Mormons

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 8 p.m.
Behind the Door

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