The Little, Safety, and COVID-19

*Theaters and Cafe dining currently closed to the public*

The Little will reopen Friday, April 16

Cafe Music is temporarily suspended until further notice

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The Little, Safety, and COVID-19

Update: Rochester's film community is truly amazing -- a smart, passionate group who help make this a special place. While we love nothing more than for you to find that next magical film under our Art Deco roof with the largest possible bag of Little Popcorn, or to enjoy live music in our cafe, the safety of our guests and employees is the top priority. As a result, The Little has decided to suspend all film/music programming, and temporarily close to the public until further notice as of 5 p.m. Saturday, March 14 (after the matinee screenings).

We continue to monitor updates and adhere to guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as the state and county, regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus.

If you've purchased tickets in advance, you will be given the following options:
- Full refund
- Tickets will be honored for a later screening
- Conversion of the ticket costs to a tax-deductible donation to the Little Theatre

We look forward to welcoming you back through our doors as soon as we safely can. Thank you for your patience and continued support.

Please continue to check our website for updates:

Thank you,
Your Friendly Neighborhood Little Theatre


Here at The Little, communication and transparency are vital. It’s the amazing folks that walk through our doors every day (a.k.a. you) that help make this a special place, and we want to make sure you’re as informed as possible. So here’s an update on somethings that’s on all our minds.

Like everyone else, we’re keeping a close watch on the very fluid situation surrounding COVID-19. Here are some things we’re doing to keep The Little, its workers and patrons, as healthy as possible.

- Increased disinfecting of surfaces, including countertops, armrests, doors, railings, etc.
- For Little staff, we’ll continue to make hand-washing a top priority, and ask that patrons do the same. After all, clean hands are the key to Little Popcorn enjoyment.
- At this time, most events will continue as scheduled. Again, this is a fluid situation, and something we will continue to monitor closely. Your best bets for updates are, The Little weekly e-newsletter (, along with Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Postponed events: 
East Lake Meadows (previously March 16)
Rochester Street Films event (previously March 18)

Making Waves (previously March 19)
Saturday Night Rewind: Big (Previously March 21)
Member Movie Matinee (previously March 28)
World on Fire (previously March 29)
We don't have new dates for these events yet, but are planning to reschedule

Here are ways you can help us keep your friendly neighborhood Little a clean, safe spot (our staff, of course, are also following the below guidelines):

- If you feel sick, please stay home. We’ll still have the indie gems, international mindblowers, and fantastic live music for you when you’re back healthy. Symptoms to watch out for: fever, sneezing, coughing, and body aches.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough/sneeze, or use the inside of your elbow.
- Please remove all napkins and facial tissues from your seating area (especially the cup holder) before you leave the theater.
- Again, wash your hands! Wash for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Find your favorite 20-second film monologue and recite it during a handwashing session to add enjoyment to this necessary task.
- Keep a reasonable social distance. Handshaking, high-fiving, and hugging should be skipped (apologies in advance to anyone working on a high-five documentary).

Here’s a link to “steps to prevent illness” from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

We’ll continue to monitor state and county resources on best practices in response measures, and will follow CDC guidance. This is something we take very seriously, and appreciate you following these safety tips. Thank you!