Going to the Movies: A Review of ROC’s Indy, Art House & Foreign Theaters
By Christine G. Adamo

Dryden Theatre Interior
The Dryden interior. (by Christine G. Adamo)

Roll the credits. Cue the lights. Get ready for some movie theater action!

Despite a few random 70+ degree days, it’s clear that Fall and Winter have either already settled in or are headed our way. All around campus, leaves are turning gold, then russet and ultimately giving up the struggle to die another day. Registration for Spring classes kicked off last week. And nothing but a memory of midterms remains. (Thank goodness!)

As the weather grows colder and the options in outdoor entertainment whittle away, it’s increasingly important to find cozier ways to get our extracurricular kicks. Knowing that, there may be no better time to introduce you to the area’s three major indy, art house and foreign movie theatres: The Cinema, The Dryden and The Little.

All three make a habit of screening throwbacks now and then, including titles that have appeared on’s list of “Best College Movies Ever”—titles like National Lampoon’s Animal House, Revenge of the Nerds, Old School, Rudy, The Graduate, Legally Blonde and The Rules of Attraction. Though, in most cases, it’ll be new or recent releases.

So, sit back and relax. Naz Girl About Town is about to take you to the movies!


957 S. Clinton Ave. | 14620 (South Wedge) |  (585) 271-1785, box office

The Cinema Theater
The Cinema Theater. (by Christine G. Adamo)

Recently screened: Amy, The Walk, Rocky Horror Picture Show

Hours: Fri. thru Thurs. night screenings | 4pm weekend matinees
Parking: Street parking is easiest to find along Clinton east of Goodman
Student Tix: $3 entry to double features & matinees ($5 general admission)
Unique Perks: Low-priced concessions & an in-house ATM machine
Unique Quirks: Vintage exterior/interior & accepting cash only
Facebook Page:
Follow The Cinema: @The_Cinema_Roc (fan page)
Nearby: Highland Park Diner, India House, Zemeta Ethiopian, Fire House Saloon
Movie Times & Other Info:


900 East Ave. | 14607 (Neighborhood of the Arts) | (585) 271-3361, box office

The Dryden Theatre
The Dryden exterior. (by Christine G. Adamo)

Recently screened: The Tribe, Manhattan, Babes in Toyland

Hours: Tues. thru Sat. night screenings | 2pm Sun. matinees
Parking: Ample dedicated lot parking in front of the theater
Student Tix: $4 w/student ID ($8 general & $6 GEM members)
Unique Perks: Newly renovated & adjacent to George Eastman Museum
Unique Quirks: No popcorn sold or concessions allowed in the theater
Facebook Page:
Follow The Dryden: @DrydenTheatre
Nearby: George Eastman Café, Starry Nites Café, Edibles, Good Luck
Movie Times & Other Info:


240 East Ave. | 14604 (Downtown arts district) | (585) 258-0400, business office

The Little Theatre
The Little: L2-L5. (by Christine G. Adamo)

Recently screened: Goodnight Mommy, Giselle, An American Werewolf in London

Hours: Show times vary & the Café is typically open 5-10pm
Parking: Lot & street parking (meters are FREE after 6pm & on weekends)
Student Tix: $5 w/student ID ($35 annual membership incl. 12 entries)
Unique Perks: Fantastic popcorn w/real butter & an on-site Café
Unique Quirks: East Ave. entrance for L1 only; L2-L5 ’round back
Facebook Page:
Follow The Little: @TheLittleRoch | @_LittlePopcorn
Nearby: SPoT, Orange Glory, Matthew’s East End Grill, Victoire, Moe’s
Movie Times & Other Info:

The Little Theatre's L1
L1. (by Christine G. Adamo)

Have questions? Or something to say about your own experience at The Cinema, The Dryden or The Little? Post ’em in the comments below. We want to hear from you!

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