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Davis Auditorium transforms into movie theater Thursday nights

The DU Programs Board (DUPB) shows new releases and revives relevant oldies every Thursday night at 8 p.m. on a large screen in Sturm Hall’s Davis Auditorium. The movies are free for students.

DUPB Film Director Shea Scott says the movies provide “a fun alternative” to other weekend events.

The movies are shown on 35 mm film — higher quality than DVD — transforming Davis into a more authentic movie theater experience.

Scott says that on average about 130 students attend each weekly gathering. He hopes that co-programming with other campus organizations and screening movies that are timely for students will increase participation.

Schedule of movies for the remainder of the quarter:

Feb. 14—Across the Universe
More than 30 Beatles songs are woven into the plot of the love story between Jude and Lucy, two teenagers who get swept up in the anti-war movement of the 1960s. Set in England, America and Vietnam, the movie explores the turmoil of the ’60s with the music that defined the generation. Evan Rachel Wood stars as Lucy, with Jim Sturgess as Jude.

Feb. 21—Do the Right Thing
Screened as part of Black History Month programming, Do the Right Thing follows a sweltering summer day in one of New York’s toughest neighborhoods as urban racial tensions build and erupt. Spike Lee directs and stars in the controversial film, originally released in 1989.

Feb. 28—Into the Wild
Based on Jon Krakauer’s bestselling nonfiction book about the life of Chris McCandless, the movie is directed and adapted by Sean Penn. A recent college graduate, Chris hitchhikes across America, ultimately ending up in the wilderness of Alaska. The movie stars Emile Hirsch as Chris, as well as Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt, Jena Malone and Vince Vaughn.

March 6—Philadelphia
Tom Hanks plays Andrew Beckett, a gay lawyer who is fired from his firm after they find out that he is infected with AIDS. In what may be his final act, Beckett embarks on a lengthy court battle as he sues his firm for wrongful termination. Homophobic lawyer Joe Miller, played by Denzel Washington, helps Beckett establish his case, finding out along the way that Beckett isn’t so different from himself. Originally released in 1993, the movie is co-sponsored by AIDS Awareness.

The spring quarter schedule is pending.

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