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Wednesday, December 2 at 8 p.m. – Restoring a Masterpiece: The Renovation of the Eastman Theatre

(Rochester, NY) Can a building make a difference in the life of a city? Rochester’s Eastman Theatre was built as a silent movie theatre in the years just before “talkies” changed the entire movie going experience. Yet “The Eastman,” as it is known locally, fulfilled a vision to be a center for arts and culture for the City of Rochester. It became home to a prominent music school and philharmonic orchestra. It launched careers, hosted stars, and stood the test of time. With its major renovation completed, the new Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre is poised to be a jewel in the crown of a new downtown Rochester.

WXXI's latest production, Restoring a Masterpiece: The Renovation of the Eastman Theatre captures the fascinating story of this historic building and documents its restoration. Shot in high-definition, the one-hour documentary showcases the intricate renovation of a building that is itself a work of art. At the same time, it tells the story of the intertwined histories of the Eastman School of Music and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), and demonstrates how a building can have a new life in the restoration of an historic downtown. Historic photographs, film, and video (including live performances from the Eastman School and the RPO amongst others) are featured.

On Wednesday, December 2 at 8 p.m. WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable1011/cable11) presents a sneak peek at Restoring a Masterpiece: The Renovation of the Eastman Theatre. This special presentation will also include in-studio guests who will share stories about the history of the theatre and its renovation. The full documentary will air in Spring 2010.



WXXI is the essential, life-long educational media resource for the Greater Rochester area. WXXI puts the community first with programming that stimulates and expands thought, inspires the spirit, opens cultural horizons and promotes understanding of diverse community issues. Log on to wxxi.org for more information about our services and programs.