ROC City Guide: Best Theatres

Want to know where the best theatres are in the city? We got 'em listed here for you. Check it out and then go an enjoy a show or five!

Auditorium Theatre

Owned and managed by the Rochester Broadway Theatre League (RBTL) the Auditorium Theatre "is home to a full season of touring Broadway shows, the M&T Bank Broadway Season. The Auditorium Theatre also hosts a number of live concerts, comedy and dramatic events throughout the year and is used by local performing groups for recitals and other presentations."

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Blackfriars Theatre

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With a mission to enrich, entertain and inspire the community through exceptional theatrical arts while engaging local talent (via blackfriars.org) Blackfriars Theatre produces top-notch shows in a theatre where there are no bad seats.

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Downstairs Cabaret Theatre

This theatre produces "a diverse offering of musicals, comedies, dramas, new works, and music events.." (via downstairscabaret.com). And don't miss the Grove Place Jazz Project.

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Eastman Theatre, Kodak Hall

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Kodak Hall located at Eastman Theatre showcases talent from Eastman School students to world-renowned musicians, not to mention our very own Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Geva Theatre

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Geva Theatre actually contains two stages inside this one building. The "552-seat Elaine P. Wilson Stage is home to Geva’s six-play subscription series featuring a wide variety of performances, from musicals to American and world classics... The 180-seat Ron & Donna Fielding Stage is home to Geva’s own series of contemporary drama, comedy and musical theatre; Geva Comedy Improv; Geva’s New Play Reading Series and the Hornets’ Nest – an innovative play reading series facilitating community-wide discussion on controversial topics" (via gevatheatre.org).

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The Little Theatre

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The Little Theatre shows everything from Blockbusters, to Independent and Foreign Films. Enjoy music, food, drinks and art in the cafe and then catch a film. Don't miss Mondo Movies and $5 Movie Mondays.

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Lyric Theatre

Lyric Theatre is Rochester's newest performing arts venue and home to the Rochester Lyric Opera. Be on the lookout for performances, concerts and more.

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MuCCC: Multi-use Community Cultural Center

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MuCCC's mission "is to provide a theater to performers who do not have a permanent space, to attract new audiences to theater, and to provide theater at a low cost to the public" (via muccc.org). Find out about upcoming performances on their website.

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RAPA & Kodak Center for Performing Arts

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RAPA, Rochester Association of Performing Arts "is Upstate New York’s oldest and largest professional school of performing arts for all ages" (via rapatheatre.org).

RAPA, along with other production companies that rent the space, take center state at Kodak Center for Performing Arts.

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