Revamped Eastman Theatre Debuts

The newly renovated Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre at University of Rochester, N.Y., reopened Oct. 8 with a sold-out performance by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

The upgrades to the Italian Renaissance-style theatre, built in the 1920s, include a state-of-the-art sound system, reconfigured seating with improved sightlines, orchestra and mezzanine-level box seating, new heating and air conditioning systems, an expanded inner lobby and new carpeting among the amenities.

About half of the cost for the renovations was obtained through donations by Rochester-based Eastman Kodak Company and funding from New York State, along with some private donations.

The theatre revamp is part of an ongoing $47 million project at the university’s Eastman School of Music, which is scheduled for completion in 2011.