957 South Clinton Avenue,
Rochester, NY 14620

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linklonk on August 4, 2013 at 5:18 pm

Hi tivfan, I work for the Cinema and would LOVE to see it, if possible.

TivFan on July 30, 2013 at 1:10 am

I have a letter dated September 29, 1927, typed on stationary with a Clinton Theatre letterhead. It details “specifications for Clinton Theatre main roof”. Below CLINTON THEATRE is: South Clinton and Goodman Streets. Below that, is: High Class Photoplays. In the upper left corner is: Office, 366 Main Street West. In the upper right: Phone, Main 6229.

cmbussmann on April 19, 2012 at 7:29 am

I lived down the street from The Cinema for almost two years while in college. It was easily my favorite place to see a movie in Rochester. Second-run, three-dollar double features were the main attraction. As well as the simple Art Deco design, comfy seats, house kittens who sat on your lap, and the fact that I could look down the street, see the Marquee, and decide if I wanted to venture down the block or not. I saw many memorable double bills here, easily ingratiating myself as a regular. The staff were always super-friendly with me and obliging with the free refills.

I haven’t made it back to The Cinema since I left Rochester but I am happy to hear this place is still up-and-running. In two years, it will hit the century mark, perhaps making it the longest running independent movie house in the Northeast? I don’t know for sure but I do know that The Cinema is a treasure and a bargain.

DavidDynamic on February 9, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Attractive simple deco but I could not tolerate the way that the titles are scrunched on the reader board—was almost to think that it was a limiting design fault except that there is a picture with proper spacing. Drivers should not have to try to decipher the marquee titles.

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Lost Memory on April 16, 2009 at 10:32 am

The year given for this photo is 1985.

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Lost Memory on September 13, 2008 at 10:04 am

This was the Cinema in 2005.

JMAX on February 23, 2008 at 6:58 am

Since the theatre business is stuggling we encourage the owner of the theatre to host more special events like Indian movie screening. I am in Rochester I tried to contact the owner of the theatre, she is very poor in communication. I called and left messages many times, emailed NO RESPONSE. This is not good. We need to try hard to keep this business going on.


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Lost Memory on January 17, 2008 at 7:10 am

Another photo can be seen here.

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Lost Memory on August 7, 2007 at 9:15 am

Here is a close-up view of the Cinema marquee.

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Lost Memory on March 17, 2007 at 1:01 pm

A recent night view of the Cinema can be seen here.

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Lost Memory on July 3, 2006 at 7:56 am

This is a more recent photo of the Cinema theater.

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Lost Memory on May 24, 2006 at 4:39 pm

Here is a recent photo.

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Lost Memory on April 21, 2006 at 7:12 am

This is a 2004 article about the Cinema Theater.