FSU’s Student Life Cinema (SLC) program is located in the heart of campus on Learning Way in the Askew Student Life Center, a satellite building of the Oglesby Union. The program is housed in a state-of-the-art movie theatre, with projection and a sound system professionally designed and often used by the FSU Film School. It features an 18′ x 43′ movie screen, stadium-style seating accommodating 380 guests, 35mm and high-end digital projection, and 5.1 Dolby Digital sound. The SLC also has prime seating available for guests in wheelchairs, and infrared headphones for the hearing impaired. Lobby amenities include movie theater concessions as well as an on-site coffee shop with reasonable “student” pricing.
The SLC film program features movies up to six nights a week. Movies and events are scheduled by the Film Committee, a group of FSU students dedicated to selecting titles for the diverse tastes of the student body. The Film Committee brings every type of movie to the university community, with titles that range from Hollywood blockbusters to foreign, independent, and documentary favorites.
On average, 90,000 guests see a movie in the span of a year. Movies are free for FSU students with a valid FSUCard and only $5 for non-students. The SLC also hosts advance screenings, co-sponsored events, panel discussions, FSU Film School screenings, and Q & A sessions with special guest filmmakers and artists. Former guests have included documentary filmmakers, director Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs, The Agronomist), actor Vincent D’Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket), and producer Jan Harlan (The Shining). Most recently, the SLC hosted events with director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim Vs.The World), and actor/comedian Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation). In addition to filmmakers and faculty, other local experts often make an appearance to give a film introduction or lead a panel discussion on film-related themes or subject matter.
The primary purpose of the Student Life Theatre is to serve as a movie venue for the Film Committee of the Student Life Cinema Program. Student organizations and academic departments may request use of the space during building hours when the theater is not being used for movie screenings or maintenance. Requests for theater space may be submitted in two ways:
The theatre has a limited degree of availability during the day between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Public performance rights must be secured for any movie shown in the theatre. Reservation requests should be submitted to Guest Services (850-644-6083), who will contact ASLC administration for approval.
Organizations may have evening film screenings as part of the SLC film series with the approval of the SLC Film Committee. These co-sponsorships are subject to many considerations and are solely at the discretion of the Film Committee and ASLC and Program Directors. Typically resources, financial and otherwise, are shared between the two co-sponsoring groups. Legal public performance rights must be secured for every film shown in the Student Life Theatre. Organizational representatives (holding a leadership position within the group) may apply for a co-sponsored event by completing a film co-sponsorship request (click to download a pdf). It should be submitted to the Infodesk (located just outside the theatre lobby), attn: Amie Runk or Kathy Barber, who will forward requests to the Film Committee for consideration. The Film Committee plans the schedule well in advance, so co-sponsorship requests must be submitted several months before the proposed screening date.For additional information, contact Amie Runk at 850-644-4504 or email@example.com or Kathy Barber at 850-644-0034 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are planning a movie event outside of the Student Life Cinema movie theatre, you will need to reserve space with Guest Services. (If you expect a large audience, we recommend Moore Auditorium or one of the Union Ballrooms.) Complete a Special Event Permit from the Student Activities Center at https://union.fsu.edu/sac/eventplanning/. Secure the ‘Public Performance Rights’ of the film you want to show. Remember, simply having the DVD or VHS does NOT give you the legal right to screen the movie in public. Please refer to the ‘Public Performance Rights’ handout on the website above for more information. The rights for many films are available through Swank Motion Pictures. Search their catalog for the film you want to show, then contact FSU’s rep, Tracy Hedrick at 1-800-876-5577, or email her at email@example.com. If Swank does not hold the rights please follow the ‘Distributors’ links on the ‘Resources’ tab on this page to search other distributors’ catalogs. If you have trouble finding the rights to the film please email Amie Runk at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you will be serving food at your event, you must also submit a food permit which can also be found at the event planning website listed above.