It's been a month since the Dryden Theatre returned from its renovation hiatus, but the theater is still celebrating its grand reopening in style. Oscar-nominated filmmaker and George Eastman Honorary Scholar James Ivory will be the Dryden's latest guest of honor when he presents his 1995 film, "Jefferson in Paris," on Saturday, April 6. The 84-year-old Ivory, who has directed more than 30 films and earned three Academy Award nominations for best director, will introduce "Jefferson in Paris," which chronicles the much-speculated affairs that the pre-presidency Thomas Jefferson had when he lived in France. Ivory will stay after the screening for an audience Q&A. To commemorate Ivory's visit, the Dryden will also screen films from Merchant Ivory Productions every Wednesday in April. The Dryden's Merchant Ivory screenings include "Mr. and Mrs. Bridge" on April 3, "Roseland" on April 10, "Maurice" on April 17, and "The Householder" on April 24.
Tickets for the "Jefferson in Paris" screening and Q&A are $12 for general admission and $10 for students, and can be purchased in advance at the Dryden Theatre (900 East Ave.) or online through eastmanhouse.org. Tickets for all other Merchant Ivory films are $8 general admission and $6 for students, and will be sold at the door on the night of the screenings. All films start at 8 p.m. For more information and the rest of the Dryden's upcoming screenings, go to dryden.eastmanhouse.org.