- Little Theatre
Infobox_nrhp | name =Little Theatre
caption =The Little Theatre, Rochester NY
lat_degrees = 43 | lat_minutes = 9 | lat_seconds = 21.15 | lat_direction = N
long_degrees = 77 | long_minutes = 35 | long_seconds = 51.77 | long_direction = W
architecture= Art Deco
October 04, 1985
governing_body = Private
mpsub=Inner Loop MRA
refnum=85002860cite web|url=http://www.nr.nps.gov/|title=National Register Information System|date=2007-01-23|work=National Register of Historic Places|publisher=National Park Service] The Little Theatre (commonly known as The Little) is a
movie theatrelocated on historic East Avenue in downtown Rochester, New Yorkand a modest non-profitmultiplex specializing in art film, including independent and foreign productions outside the United States.
Founded in 1928, The Little is one of the oldest active movie theaters built specifically to show films in the US, serving as an alternative venue for cinema of higher artistic caliber than what was popular at the time. To remain in business, The Little has created a unique theater experience for its patrons strikingly different from that of standard commercial cinemas. The Little typically shows films that never make it to the large theater chains, either due to lack of publicity, popularity, exposure, or content that is too risky and/or inappropriate for larger audiences (such as
NC-17rated films). Foreign films, independent films, some documentary filmsand art films are its common fare. Some films that play at this theatre become popular enough to play in theaters nation wide. Examples include " My Big Fat Greek Wedding", " Napoleon Dynamite", "Garden State", "The English Patient", "Chicago", "The Hours", " March of the Penguins", " Sicko", " Fahrenheit 9/11" and " Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon". Some films that play there also end up winning or being nominated for major awards such as an Oscar even for best picture. Some of those films can end up being box office successes.
The Little is unique in the area in treating
animefilms as artistic cinema, and titles by the likes of Hayao Miyazakialways find their way to The Little's screens. Critics at The Little provide a synopsis of any film they intend to show, both on their website and posted around their ticket booths on the street.
The Little also offers live musical performances from local musicians, a rotating art gallery of local artists, and a cafe. Additionally, The Little serves as a performance venue during the
Rochester International Jazz Festivaleach June. The Little is also the home of the Little Theatre Film Society, a group of theater aficionados in the Rochester area. The Little survives largely due to the hard work and dedication of the society's members.
The Little has become part of Rochester's extensive theater culture. Rochester has a rich history in cinema, being the home of the
Eastman Kodakcompany and the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film. Kodak film was historically used in a majority of motion pictures (and still is today), creating close ties to the movie industry in Rochester society. The Little Theatre Film Society holds film festivals throughout the year, many of them hosted at The Little. The theatre is well known by any serious cinema patron in Rochester for providing an alternative to standard Hollywood commercial fare. The Little has also avoided the negative reputation for snobbishness that is sometimes associated with art house cinema, cultivating the image of a venue for anyone who is simply seeking an alternative or a community that celebrates cinema.
The word "Theatre" is often used instead of the word "Theater" to distinguish between art house cinemas and the more common variety. Theatre is an older form of the word, though both words share the same literal meaning. The Little uses the older form both to make this distinction and due to the age of the theater itself.
* [http://www.little-theatre.com/ Official website]
* [http://cinematreasures.org/theater/7979/ Entry at "Cinema Treasures"]
* [http://www.little-theatre.com/history.php History of the Little Theatre]
* [http://sg.dir.yahoo.com/entertainment/movies_and_film/theatres/Individual_Houses/ Yahoo's Independent Theater Directory] has a listing of similar venues around the USA.
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