Sunday, December 11, 2016

Another List

In a move away from politics, the time seems right for another meaningless (yet potentially meaningful) list.  As the capital of film, it would seem logical that Rochester should be an ideal location for cinephiles (also known as movie buffs).  And the data, at least as collected by one source, would agree.  In 2013, Movoto Real Estate ranked the 10 Best Cities for Movie Lovers.  Although not perfectly specified, it appears that the 100 most populated metro areas were assessed by the following criteria:

  • Movie theaters per capita
  • Video rental stores per capita (perhaps a bit antiquated)
  • Indie theaters per capita
  • Number of annual film festivals
  • Number of film/cinema museums
  • Film societies per capita
  • Drive-in theaters per capita
  • Specialty theaters per capita

Here are the top 10:
  1. Portland, OR
  2. San Francisco, CA
  3. Atlanta, GA
  4. Las Vegas, NV
  5. Pittsburgh, PA
  6. Minneapolis, MN
  7. Rochester, NY
  8. Orlando, FL
  9. Seattle, WA
  10. Cincinnati, OH

(Rochester is also tough to beat in terms of movie watching weather.)


  1. Rochester also holds its own on the movie making side. While many people know if the higher budget films that were partially shot here (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Signs), I don’t think many people realize the number of smaller films that have been made here over the years (Cherry Crush, The Alphabet Killer, Check Out, King’s Faith, Wildflower, Hero of the Underworld, The Hammer, After Image, etc.). I’ve seen many locally filmed movies and have enjoyed the stories as well as the local scenes.

    1. Thank you. I will have to check some of those out!