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 theater, 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, assisted listening devices for the hearing impaired, and closed caption readers for DCP films. Lobby amenities include movie theater concessions as well as an on-site coffee shop with student-friendly 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, 64,000 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 advanced screenings, co-sponsored events, panel discussions, FSU Film School screenings, and Q & A sessions with special guest filmmakers and artists.
Most recently, the SLC hosted events with actor Greg Sestero (The Room), and comedy group The Lonely Island (Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping). Former guests have included documentary filmmakers, director Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead), director Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs), and producer Jan Harlan (The Shining). In addition to filmmakers and faculty, other local experts often make an appearance to give a film introduction or lead a panel discussion.
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 theater has a limited degree of availability during the day between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Public performance rights must be secured for any movie shown in the theater. Reservation requests should be submitted to Amie Runk.
Organizations may have evening screenings as part of the schedule at the discretion of the Film Committee programmers and ASLC Program Manager with the approval of the ASLC Executive Board. 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 Cinema. Organizational representatives (holding a leadership position within the group) may apply for a co-sponsored event by completing a film co-sponsorship request in Nole Central. 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.
If you are planning a movie event outside of the Student Life Cinema, you 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. Secure the Public Performance Rights of the film you want to show. Remember, simply having the DVD or Blu Ray does NOT give you the legal right to screen the movie in public. Please refer to the Public Performance Rights FAQ 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,Meghan Kuryla at 1-800-876-5577. 20th Century Fox and Dreamworks titles are available through Tracy O’Brien at Criterion Pictures USA. If you have trouble finding the distributor of the film please email Amie Runk. If you will be serving food at your event, you must also submit a food permit which can be found through the Event Permit.