The Little Theatre completes phase 2 of restoration project

Updated: February 13, 2020 06:52 PM
Created: February 13, 2020 05:59 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — It's a wrap on phase two of the Little Theatre's restoration project. 

The Little enlisted a preservation architect to make sure they were staying true to the history of the building while meeting modern needs. 


The lobby, concessions and ticket booth have all been moved. Phase two also included office space for the staff and new floors. 

"Bringing back elements that were intended for this building that are part of its sort of historic grandeur are sort of moments or pride and you'll see how we were able to embellish more art deco details throughout from the wallpaper, to the light fixtures,” Christopher Brandt, a Preservation Architect at Bero Architecture said. “Repurposing some old hardware some elements to add some polish to a building that deserves it some much."

Brant told us The Little Theatre was originally one of 30 to 40 Little Cinemas across the country. 

Of those theaters, only The Little is still doing what it was originally built for. 

He says it's America’s oldest art-house cinema.

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