Top 5 Entertainment Places in Syracuse


1.) The Sound Garden: Going to The Sound Garden could qualify as its own pastime. What’s supposed to be a quick stop can turn into an entire afternoon. So, allow yourself plenty of time. There are hidden gems to be found each time you visit; there’s no limit with its extensive CD collection of pop, rock, country, folk, punk, R&B, hip-hop, rap, soundtracks, and local music. If you’re a cinephile, then this is also the perfect place for you. There’s a huge selection of films, including most Criterion Collection titles. And that vinyl corner is always expanding.

2.) Manlius Art Cinema: This quaint movie house is only about 7 miles up the road from Le Moyne. It’s small, but it can offer limited release indie films that might not be at the big theater. They also host showings of plays live from the Met in New York City. Each film is introduced by the owner of the theater, who offers background information on the film you’re about to watch and films that will be coming to the theater soon. It’s like a mom-and-pop shop — but for movies. Be sure to bring your Student ID if you want a discount on your ticket.

3.) The  Palace Theater: The Palace Theater offers live entertainment and film screenings. They frequently show classic movies, ranging from Gone With The Wind to Fast Times At Ridgemont High. You can also catch live bands and comedy shows. The theater is known for hosting its infamous showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show every Halloween. But the theater isn’t just geared towards the arts, they like to throw in streamed SU games on the big screen every now and then.

4.) WonderWorks: Sure, many of the attractions at Destiny USA are geared towards kids, but that doesn’t mean college students can’t have a good time too. From science museum style rides to big arcade games, this wonderland offers plenty. There’s also lasertag and a rope course, which is the highlight. It’s a fun obstacle course, but it’s higher than it looks from the ground. So if you’re weary of heights, this might not be the place for you.

5.) The MOST [Museum of Science and Technology]: Located right across the street from The Sound Garden, you’ll find The MOST. Although it is admittedly aimed more towards children, don’t let that deter you! It offers an IMAX screen that shows documentaries with mind-blowing visuals — and The Polar Express during Christmas time. This screen shows movies you won’t be able to catch at any Regal. So, if you like beautiful cinematography ranging from subjects like space exploration to animal wildlife, you should have a fine time.