The Dryden Theatre pays homage to the father of motion picture film, George Eastman.
For the last six decades, classic and new movies have had a place at the theatre housed at the George Eastman House.
But it's a space that needs some touching up.
"Cosmetically it's a little down at the heels and anyone who is a habitual user here can tell you they pick their seats very carefully," said Caroline Yeager, Assistant Curator for Motion Pictures at the George Eastman House.
On January 2nd, the Dryden Theatre will draw the curtain and close for two months.
"The theatre will be painted, we will have new carpeting, will have movable masking on screen," said Yeager.
The original seats from the theatre's opening in 1951 will be replaced with new red theatre seats.
There is even one on display so movie-goers can try them out.
The change in seating will mean fewer seats, going from 535 to 500 total.
For a donation of at least $1,000 you can get your name on one of the new seats.
Or for $10/piece, you can buy an old seat (minimum of 2).
"We don't want to see them in dumpsters and carted away and a lot of people have responded already, I have been just amazed ," said Yeager.
It's not just the look, but the technology.
For the first time a digital projector will join the film projectors.
"So many of the newer works and newer directors are working in digital mediums so it's important for us to play all of those various formats," said Yeager.
The familiar gold curtain that rises before every performance will stay.
The new theatre will be draped in red and purple.
The entire theatre will also be carpeted, which means an end to concessions for movies.
There will also be a brand new screen.
These changes have been 15 years in the making and will be complete in two months.
want them to say 'oh wow'," said Yeager. "I think they are
going to walk in hop from seat to seat and try them all out."
The theatre will continue to show films until January 1. The final film will be Cinema Paradiso on New Year's Day.
For more information on how you can donate or buy an old seat, click here.