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Groundbreaking at FAU Heralds New Classroom and Movie Theater Building
BOCA RATON, FL (June 18, 2009) - Florida Atlantic University recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new classroom and office building on the Boca Raton campus that also will house a movie complex to be operated by cutting-edge Living Room Theaters, Inc. (LRT). The 73,000-square-foot building is planned to meet U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification and is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2010.
The $19 million dollar facility will house 14 classrooms, conference rooms and office space for the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. It will be anchored by a three-story atrium that is designed as a “main street” for the building, and one wing of the first floor will house a state-of-the-art all-digital movie complex with four separate theaters and a café. These all-digital theaters offer significant environmental advantages by eliminating the use of celluloid prints. This is the first and only all-digital theater on a university campus.
“This new movie complex will further enhance the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters standing as a center for culture and the arts,” said Manjunath Pendakur, dean of the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. “During the day, the theaters will be used by FAU’s film study program in the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies, allowing students to study film in a true cinema setting with outstanding picture and sound quality, and on evenings and weekends, the theaters will be used by LRT for community screenings of foreign, classic and independent films.”
The complex will feature films that are rarely shown in mainstream, high volume theaters, and it will emphasize new releases from around the world. Moviegoers will be able to relax in the comfortable seating of the 50-person theaters while enjoying food and beverages purchased at the LRT café. The café will offer a wide range of food, and a sophisticated selection of beer and wine.
“We are happy to be able to offer an alternative to what other theaters offer,” said Ernesto Rimoch, founder of Living Room Theaters. “We will be able to show international films that will enhance learning and understanding.”
The theater portion of the building is funded by a donation of $1.5 million from LRT and matching funds from the State of Florida’s Alec P. Courtelis Capital Facility Enhancement Challenge Grant Program, which doubles the gift to $3 million.
The architect for the building is Astorino, and the construction firm is Turner Construction.
For more information about FAU’s School of Communication and Multimedia Studies, call 561-297-3850.