The Best Locally Owned Movie Theaters in Rochester, NY

Published: March 26, 2014

This list is for those of you who don't want to pay $11 a person to see a movie. These theaters are locally owned and operated, plus they don't cost as much as chain movie theaters. These theaters often play films that do not show in large commercial movie theaters; Such as Sundance and Foreign films. 

The theaters are ranked by proximity to the center of the city, the cost, and the general atmosphere.

  1. The Little Theatre

    The Little Theatre is locaterd in the heart of Rochester. It is close to many shops, restaurants, museums, and nightlife. 

    The Little's atmosphere is is cozy and vintage feeling. There are many rich colors, there is a cafe, and there are only 5 theaters. The Little plays foreign and critcally acclaimed movies. 

    The Little is a non-profit and often holds events for the community.

  2. The Cinema

    The Cinema is by far the cheapest theater and you get the most bang for your buck. 

    While it is only 1 theater, they do Double Features every weekend. 

    The Cinema plays a good mix between popular, commercial movies and foreign/critcally awarded films. 

    The Cinema is very welcoming and friendly, but it can get a bit cold inside.

  3. Pittsford Cinema

    Pittsford Cinema is the farthest away from the center of the city. It is located in the suburb of Pittsford in a large commercial plaza. 

    Despite that fact, they often play foreign, selective release films.

    This theatre is way more new than The Cinema and The Little and thus has  more polished look to it. It feels like seeing a movie in a chain movie theater, so all the comfort and familiarity, but not so much flare.

Rochester, NY has tons of movie theaters. Mnay of them are large chain, commercial theaters that play the same regurgitated movies for long periods of time. Why not experience real cinema with a smaller, locally owned movie theater? These theaters offer an array of films new, old, and selectivel released.  The best part is, they're cheaper too! Try them out!