About the East End
For Rochester residents the East End means fun. At the Eastman School of Music, you get almost daily doses of world-class live music, much of it free. The Little Theatre offers five screens of independent and foreign films.. The area also enjoys a 24/7 living environment with a wealth of new apartments, townhouses, and loft-style units.
The East End/Upper East End is anchored at its northern end by the world-renowned Eastman School of Music and the Eastman Theatre, home of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Stretching from the historic Sibley Building in the center of downtown, numerous restaurants, coffee cafes, bars, and nightlife venues extend down East Avenue to Alexander Street. During the warmer months, the streets are closed to vehicles as the area hosts the East End and Xerox International Jazz Festivals. They feature live music, exciting cuisine, and thousands of party-goers.
The East End is named after East Avenue, a grand city boulevard of opulent mansions and enormous beech trees that begins downtown and extends out to the eastern suburbs. Prior to World War II, the area was filled with grand theaters, restaurants, hotels, and upscale shopping. However, the building of the Inner Loop and urban development during the 1950s and ’60s resulted in many of these buildings being torn down or converted to office space.
Since the early 1980s, the East End has once again become the cultural center of downtown with a revitalization of the remaining buildings and thoughtful new construction. East Avenue, on both sides of what became the Inner Loop, was also once Rochester’s “automobile row” with dealerships lining both sides of the street, many with second-floor garages accessed by auto elevators. Some of those same spaces are now home to the areas many nightclubs and restaurants.
The future of the East End is bright. Multiple residential developments promise to accelerate the growth of this truly 24/7 downtown neighborhood. These include the adaptive reuse of existing buildings as well as plans for new apartments and townhouses.
- The Rochester International Jazz Festival is hosted in the heart of the East End every year. More than 175,000 people attend to see world class musicians during a week of non-stop music!
- Looking for some entertainment? The Eastman Theater and Little Theater are local favorites!
- Visit the East End Website to find restaurant, bars, entertainment and more!