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Eastman Theatre

Kodak Hall

Courtesy of the Eastman School of Music

The opulent Kodak Hall is Eastman Theatre's main performance space.

For those looking for a classy night out on the town, a visit to Eastman Theatre in downtown Rochester for a performance is a must. Part of the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, the theatre was built by the city’s own George Eastman and opened in 1922. It holds music performance to the highest of standards, showcasing the school’s best students, hosting some of the world’s greatest musicians and serving as the home base for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

The theatre recently underwent a $46.9 million renovation, adding state-of-the-art acoustics, refurbished seating and an entirely new rehearsal, performance and teaching building for ESM students. The highly sensitive work on the historic Kodak Hall—the theatre’s main performance space—successfully maintained the hall’s original 1920s splendor. Marvel at the Italian-Renaissance style architecture, murals surrounding the hall and the oval entrance lobby constructed of marble and black and gold marble columns. And check out the inscription on the outer wall of the Eastman Theatre, which reads “for the enrichment of community life,” Eastman’s original goal for the space, which continues to drive its performances today.

Eastman Theatre
60 Gibbs Street, Rochester

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