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When it comes to New York State tourism, the City of Rome may not seem an obvious destination. However, our hometown's Arts District (effectively the 200-block of W. Dominick Street) has become a hub of cultural activity within our region. With movies, live music, literature, and an awesome coffee scene, spending an entire day strolling Downtown is entirely feasible.

If you are visiting from out-of-town (or even if you are just unfamiliar with some of the great offerings in your own area), we highly recommend paying a visit to the following establishments:


Just a few doors down from K&L, you'll find world-class wines, craft beers, and perfectly-paired foods. With live jazz performances weekly, Franca's is the perfect spot for a romantic date night or a gathering with friends.


Under one convenient roof, you will find two of the most amazing, community-oriented businesses CNY has to offer. Superofficial serves up fantastic coffees, teas, misc. drinks, and small bites with incredible care and enthusiasm for the craft. Meanwhile, The Copper Easel is a gallery and art supply shop with artwork, jewelry, pottery, and more crafted by local artisans.  


copperccino's coffee house
Copperccino's serves java crafted from local coffee artisans, along with yummy seasonal drinks. They also have a vast assortment of baked goods, as well as savory options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In the warmer months, partake in the pleasant outdoor seating!



In 1928, brothers and theater chain owners Myron and Joseph Kallet constructed a new edifice in Rome. The newly-christened Capitol Theatre served as a first-run movie house and hub of entertainment for generations of Central New Yorkers.

With theater trends changing, the single-screen Capitol struggled to compete with the multiplex cinemas which had become the norm by the mid-1970s. The theater became relatively dormant, but was incorporated into a 501(c)3 nonprofit in 1985 by a group of enthusiastic volunteers. Since then, the Capitol has grown into one of Central New York’s finest curators of arts programs, from live musical theater to independent film.

cinema capitol
Movie lovers, rejoice! One component of the Capitol Arts Complex, Cinema Capitol is the Mohawk Valley's arthouse cinema, offering the best in current-run indie releases. The operation boasts two cozy auditoriums (73 and 36 seats), a full concession stand, and a community lending library. 

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