Stillwater, Oklahoma: OSU Student Union Provides Entertainment with Free Outdoor Movies
This semester the Student Union Activities Board will show Law Abiding Citizen, The Men Who Stare At Goats, The Twilight Saga: New Moon and Sherlock Holmes at no charge. They will also offer $1 concessions with profits going to the SUAB movies committee budget, Clarissa Hunter, SUAB movies committee chair, said.
Stillwater resident Jackie Miller brought three children ages 13, 11 and 4 to the Union to see the Sunday matinee of Where the Wild Things Are.
I think it's really nice that they do this and it's free, she said.
Miller's son had just returned home from a weekend with his father. She was eager to spend time bonding with her son and came to see Where the Wild Things Are at the suggestion of a friend.
I was looking for something to do with them and it was a movie they'd wanted to see, Miller said.
Occasionally a movie will fill the Student Union Little Theater, which seats about 450 students, Hunter said. But usually the audience varies from between 100-200 people, she said. The SUAB is also responsible for movies shown on the library lawn and at the Colvin Center's outdoor pool.
Movies the SUAB shows are supplied via a contract with Swank Motion Pictures.
According to Swank's Web site, Swank Motion Pictures provides both public performance licensing rights and licensed movies to numerous non-theatrical markets.
Swank represents Walt Disney Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures and Dreamworks Pictures, among many others.
The movies committee receives a list of titles available. They then make decisions based on funds available and what is popular in theaters.