New visitor space in Kodak Center highlights history of Kodak

Inside the former Theater on the Ridge on W. Ridge Road, the lobby has been transformed into a new visitor center. (WHAM photo)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - Everything old is new again at the Kodak Center.

Inside the former Theater on the Ridge on W. Ridge Road, the lobby has been transformed into a new visitor center.

The newly-renovated space was unveiled at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday morning. It now serves as an exhibition space that celebrates more than 130 years of Kodak history. The space is complete with historic artifacts, a cafe, store and seating.

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Local and state leaders were on hand to celebrate the grand opening.

"I think what's happening today is both a nod to the past the incredible history and what it has meant to the Rochester, Finger Lakes region as well as a look forward to the great opportunies and prospects that Kodak will certainly have," said Congressman Joe Morelle (D, NY-25).

Kodak CEO Jeff Clarke said he wanted a space former employees, their families and the community could reflect on the impact Kodak has had on Rochester and the world. It's also a space for Kodak to share the company's future.

"The purpose of this is to open up Kodak again, in a relevant way to our former employees, our current employees, our friends and the community," said Clarke. "I just thought of a retiree that worked maybe 40-years in the company that talked to his family, maybe his grand children, about where he had worked, and now he can actually show them pictures and real experiences."

Vice President of Development Tim Palmer hopes this transformation also helps attract new businesses to the Eastman Business Park.

The first temporary exhibit featured in the new space is entitled The Lost Coloramas. It highlights the work of Kodak photographer Neil Montanus.

The visitor center is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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