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February 27, 2008
By Adrienne Goetz
It is the most expensive room in the new Joe Crowley Student Union. Seating 220 people, the movie theater within the union is a high-definition, digital surround sound theater with cushy chairs.
It’s also the place to be for the Union’s Thursday Late Night Movie Series, which debuted earlier this semester and continues for the next few months.
The 10 p.m. movies include “Bee Movie” on Feb. 28, “I am Legend” on March 6, “Love in the Time of Cholera” on March 13, Academy Award-nominated “Atonement” on March 20, Academy Award-nominated “Sweeney Todd” on April 3, “The Golden Compass” on April 10, “The Great Debaters” on April 17 and “National Treasure” on April 24.
Though it is the most expensive room in the union by far, according to Heather Turk, associate director of programs for the Student Union, the movie theater it is well worth it. Traditional movie theaters can’t come close to the experience of watching a movie here, Turk said.
The idea for the theater was completely student based. Surveys were sent to the student body about what they wanted in the new union and a theater was the top choice. The vision for the theater was that it would be a place to bring the community to the students and the students to the community.
“Everything here at the union was built to have the maximum amount of flexibility,” Turk said. “We have a unique opportunity to serve the students and give them a place to learn outside of the classroom. We seek to help make their dreams and vision a reality.”
The theater provides a place for student clubs and organizations as well as academic departments to be able to host their own movies.
“We hope to come to a point where we can have a new movie playing every night, seven days a week,” Turk said. “Not having enough room in the theater is a problem we hope to have.”
The theater will also be open to the performing arts such as theater, music and dance, as well as being available for some small lectures and other presentations.