3 Reasons You Need to Go to the Kodak Visitor Center

Looking at the Kodak Center from across the street

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 Visitor Center | © MetroPops

While you should definitely check out their list of shows, we want to make sure the Kodak Visitor Center, is on your radar (it’s FREE!).

Here are 3 things you don’t want to miss:

1. Over 130 Years of Kodak History

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.

2. The Exhibitions

Kodak Visitor Center | © MetroPops

The very first 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 this show has ended check out the current show here: Gallery

3. Coffee & the Retail Shop


Coffee and food items for sale
Ugly Duck & Kodak Retail | © MetroPops

Start your tour of the Visitor Center with coffee or tea from the coffee shop and then peruse the exhibitions. Inside the coffee shop you’ll also find a Kodak retail center with shirts, stickers, mugs, photo books and more.

Kodak Mugs in the retail shop
Kodak Coffee Mugs | © MetroPops

The shop is 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!

Kodak Visitor Center Hours:

Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm
Saturday: 9am-3pm
Also open during Events & Shows

Coffee Shop Hours:

Monday-Friday: 7:30am-1pm
Also open during Events & Shows

Website: Kodak Center
200 West Ridge Road
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Originally started in July of 2013, the Rochesteriat has been a blog focused solely on the most exciting places, events, and people in the city of Rochester, NY. Although the original site and blog has now been incorporated into our new MetroPops site, the city passion lives on!

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