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FAU Receives Gift to Build $3 Million Multimedia Movie Theater Complex

BOCA RATON (September 15, 2008) – Florida Atlantic University’s School of Communication and Multimedia Studies (SCMS) in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters today announced a donation of $1.5 million from Living Room Theaters, Inc. (LRT).   Eligible for matching funds from the state of Florida’s Alec P. Courtelis Capital Facility Enhancement Challenge Grant Program, the gift will double to $3 million.   The SCMS will use the funds t o construct a state-of-the-art movie complex with four separate theaters and a café.   The groundbreaking for the new complex, which will be located on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, will begin in December of 2008, with an opening anticipated for the spring of 2010.

The new complex will enhance FAU’s film study program.   Students will benefit by being taught film in a true cinema setting.  On evenings and weekends, the theaters will be used by LRT for community screenings of foreign and independent films.  The complex will show films that are not often available in mainstream, high volume theaters, thus allowing South Florida residents to experience the new movie theater concept developed by LRT.   Many of the films will also be shown as part of the curriculum taught in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters.   In addition, there are plans to host film festivals and lectures by visiting directors at the complex.

“In this region filled with malls and multiplexes, independent cinema, especially from other countries, is rare.   This unique partnership between the University and LRT will showcase such cinema and help build film culture in this region,” said Manjunath Pendakur, dean of FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. “Also, our accomplished faculty will be able to teach their classes in this state-of-the-art facility.”

  “Close collaboration with LRT will give our students unprecedented access to international and alternative cinema, as well as the opportunity to participate in the film business as it enters the digital era,” said Susan Reilly, director of FAU’s School of Communication and Multimedia Studies.

LRT is headed by the distinguished Mexican filmmaker Ernesto Rimoch.   The company recently opened its first cinema in Portland, Oregon and is in the process of building a second one in Miami.   LRT is the country’s first and only company to open an all-digital theater, offering significant environmental advantages by eliminating the use of celluloid prints.   LRT theaters are small and intimate, and screen films that are often only seen at film festivals.   In an effort to cater to its customers, it also provides a gourmet menu that you would not find at a conventional theater.

“We look forward to working together with FAU faculty and are eager to help the university build its film study offerings,” said Rimoch.   “We are also thrilled with the opportunity to bring great, independent films and filmmakers to South Florida, particularly with a beautiful new movie theater complex serving as a focal point.”

For more information about the new multimedia theater to be built at FAU, call 561-297-3850.   For further information about LRT, visit or contact Diego Rimoch at


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