Whether you’re new to Rochester or a long time Rochesterian, get the Kodak Center on you MUST-DO list, now. Formerly known as the Kodak Theater on the Ridge and then Kodak Center for Performing Arts, the Kodak Center features touring productions, musicians, comedy, kids shows and more.
Kodak has a very deep and rich history here that extends beyond Rochester and now there’s a place to learn about it in person.
Learn about the start of Kodak, the way it impacted the world we live in, the Kodak cameras that went to the moon with Apollo 11, see the first digital camera, learn why film has perforations on the outside and so much more.
Check out this quick intro video on the Visitor Center:
2. The Exhibitions
The very first temporary exhibit featured at the Visitor Center was The Lost Coloramas, highlighting the work of photographer Neil Montanus. Neil traveled the world with his photography, he’s known for taking “the best portrait ever” of Walt Disney as well as shooting 55 of the 565 Kodak Coloramas that hung in Grand Central Station from 1950-1990.
While The Lost Coloramas has ended, check out what’s open now through June 29th: The Kodak Park Works by Justin Scalera.
3. Ugly Duck & The Retail Shop
The best way to start your tour of the Visitor Center may be first to grab a coffee at Ugly Duck Coffee and then peruse the exhibitions….
Well, whether you do before or after your tour, you won’t want to miss this space housing Ugly Duck Coffee (grab coffee, a latte, tea, chai or maybe some pastries from Scratch Bakeshop) and the Kodak Retail Shop featuring mugs, bags, shirts, and more.
Not only will you have a great beverage from Ugly Duck, but the shop is also full of great gift ideas for someone who once worked at Kodak, someone who moved away from Rochester, a Rochester history buff (or fanatic), or maybe even a little something for yourself!
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