UPC, Student Union kick off movie screening series
Students can now enjoy movies with a theatre experience in Bayou Bijou thanks to a partnership between the University Program Council and the Student Union.
“I think as a general consensus, the Union is viewed as a building and not really like your typical student union where stuff is always going on,” said Gabi Semien, senior biology major and UPC president. “We’re trying to move and progress and find different things to do, so I think this is something they realize they could bring this semester and wanted to get us involved.”
In a vein similar to the previous Union’s movie screenings, the new Union will host recently released movies, such as “Doctor Strange” and “Passenger,” in March as part of Movie Madness, an initiative designed to draw students to the Union.
About 50 people attended the first screening of Movie Madness, which was Feb. 7, showing “The Girl on the Train,” according to Semien. The next screening is slated for March 14 with the showing of “Doctor Strange.” Future movies for the semester include: “SING” on March 28; “Passengers” on Apr. 25; and “XXX: Return of Xander Cage” on May 3.
Semien said UPC purchased the rights to the movies so UPC could show them.
“It’s like the movie they show at the movies,” said Semien, “It’s not like we get a DVD and show it.”
Concessions such as popcorn, candy and drinks are available for students to purchase. Semien said the prices range from $1.50 to $2. The snacks are provided by Sodexo, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s food service provider.
The movies are a courtesy of Swank Motion Pictures, Inc., a privately owned company that provides licensed movies and public licensing rights to non-theatrical markets, including U.S. colleges and universities, art museums, correctional facilities, motor coaches and public libraries.
“Swank sent promotional deals to us in a pamphlet with a list of movies they have available to us, and we pick from that list,” said Dillan Hypolite, director of UPC’s entertainment committee.
Hypolite is a senior in public relations and in his second term as director for UPC entertainment committee.
Hypolite said he hopes UPC gets to the same level of events as Splatter Beat and Lagniappe Week with Movie Madness.
“I think it’ll be something useful for the students once they get familiar with the name,” Hypolite said. “It’s something more convenient and it’s free and you can still watch the same movies that are out right now.”
Semien said UPC hopes to continue the event throughout future semesters. She added that providing students an enjoyable experience is also a priority, especially when some on-campus residents are unable to commute to movie theaters nearby.