CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,

The Living Room Theater Opens on the FAU Boca Raton Campus

Our community is blessed with cultural opportunities, if one can step beyond slum reality programing exalted by low budget broadcast television. While today's economy is restrictive, people are still filling performing arts auditoriums, if they are convinced that they are receiving a good quality product. One such enterprise is **The Living Room Theater,** a unique partnership between private industry and Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.

With the creation of successful art house **Living Room Theater** in Portland, Oregon, proprietors Ernesto and Diego Rimoch were approached by the F.A.U. Department of Communication and Multi-Media to develop a quality classroom for their students. With their practical technical expertise, the four classrooms features a clear sound system with crisp digital images. On Monday thru Friday, from 9 AM until 5 PM, these four classrooms can seat forty-nine students per classroom.

However, on weekend and weekday evenings, **The Living Room Theater** is open to the public. **The Living Room Theater** features first run independent films and classic films, such as Alfred Hitchcock's **Psycho.** Given the 50 year anniversary and the digital remastering, Mother Bates has never looker scarier, at least that is what the patrons said as they exited a recent screening. Plans are underway to screen retrospective movies like **Casablanca,** **Singin' in the Rain** and potential Halloween screening of **The Shining.**

There is a commitment to screen modern independent motion pictures. **Client No.9** is a documentary about disgraced politician Elliot Spitzer, **Enter the Void** is a disturbing film about either a paranoid man or about a society seeking to conform individuals, while Kristen Scott Thomas stars in French romance titled **Leaving.** **Only When I Dance** is a Brazilian documentary about ballet, which should interest Diana and her mother.

Local opportunities will be granted to independent film makers. If one has a good quality trailer and digital print, along with high resolution poster, **The Living Room Theater** will screen a locally produced independent movie for one week, with options to hold the film over if the box office merits it. Besides experiencing intimate cinema, one can enjoy espresso coffee and gourmet international food at **The Living Room Theater. There are in negotiation to provide screenings for the **16th Annual Palm Beach International Film Festival* starting March 23, 2010. For CEO Diego Rimoch, the goal is good cultural business,
"We want people to come in and stay awhile, not just watch a movie and leave; it's a whole new movie-going experience!"

**The Living Room Theater** on the F.A.U. campus off Glades Road will host a grand opening party tonight from 6 - 8pm The $2.00 admission will feature free popcorn, free posters and free sodas. Let's hope that these private/public partnership like **The Miami City Ballet** and **The Living Room Theater** continues to feed the cultural hunger in our backyard.
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