When I was a Senior in High School my dad and I decided to go see a movie. He has always been interested in foreign or independent films, and he really wanted to go see this new romantic comedy- Amelie. It wasn’t playing at my regular theater (a multiplex), but at a small theater downtown. That day I had my first experience at the Little.
I remember feeling a little nervous; this wasn’t the movie theater I was used to! No arcade games or flashy lights; there was real artwork on the walls!! My dad bought me a bag of popcorn, which was not the typical bright artificial-butter-yellow corn I was familiar with. This was the real deal, and I got to sprinkle it myself with cinnamon and sugar. The theater itself was warm and cozy; I remember feeling connected to the other people watching the film in a way I had never experienced before; a feeling I have never experienced at any other movie theater.
The Little Theater opened in 1928 as an “alternative to the large commercial movie houses of the day.” And today that continue that tradition; the Little Theater brings film, music, art & theater in an intimate setting.
As times change, the movie industry has changed along with them. The Little was faced with a problem that many small theaters are facing; they needed to upgrade to digital projectors or be forced to shut their doors. The residents of Rochester came together to raise half a million dollars to keep the Little Theater open.
The Little Theater is open 7 days a week, and typically has 5-6 different films showing. Visit their website for current titles & ticket information. They also have very good membership packages available for frequent patrons!
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