From the President
June marks the one year anniversary of the unveiling of the Little Theatre’s newly renovated Marquee. On June 12, 2017 the Marquee reclaimed its place as a beacon in the East End Cultural District, and we were joined by neighbors, friends, and supporters to celebrate the relighting with a great street party. That renovation marked a milestone in our pledge to return The Little to its former glory.
The Little has been an important fixture in our community since 1929, connecting generations of Rochesterians. Eighty-nine years later, it serves as a premier cultural center for the presentation of American independent and foreign films, visual arts and music, with five theatres, a café, and art gallery.
The renovated Marquee was part of a historic restoration project made possible with the support of Empire State Development and generous donors. In addition to the Marquee WXXI has invested in the transition to digital cinema projection, enhanced and improved restrooms, and new infrastructure. However, there’s still work to be done. Our restoration plans will continue on May 28th when Theatre 1 closes for four months so we can make historically appropriate capital improvements. This includes structural upgrades, accessibility improvements, enhanced mechanical systems, and – most importantly to our members and patrons – new seats! Please note: Theatres 2-5, as well as the Little Café will remain open so you can still enjoy The Little.
On Thursday, May 24, we're inviting the community to come celebrate The Little's past before Theatre 1 closes from restorations! We'll gather together with our members, friends, and neighbors for a night of pure Little joy, which includes a rare 35mm screening of 1982's DIVA. The classic film has a special bond with The Little -- it was one of the longest running films in the theater's history (July 1982 to April 1983). To learn more about the party and to order your tickets, click here.