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FAU’s Living Room Theaters Complex to Open in October 2010


BOCA RATON, FL (August 11, 2010) – Florida Atlantic University’s new movie complex in Boca Raton, operated by Living Room Theaters, Inc. (LRT), will open its doors in October. The co mplex will include four 50-seat theaters that will be used during the day by FAU’s film study program in the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies. Students will study film in a true cinema setting with outstanding picture and sound quality.  On nights and weekends, the theaters will show a full schedule of foreign, classic and independent films, emphasizing new releases from around the world.  There will also be a European-style café serving gourmet food, specialty coffee, beer and wine.

“We are thrilled to be a part of this unique public/private partnership,” said Manjunath Pendakur, dean of the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. “Not only will the theaters help our students and enhance our film studies program, but the new venture will help build film culture in this area and help strengthen the economy with new jobs.” 

These all-digital theaters employ LRT’s proprietary digitizing technology, which enables even first-time directors and producers to distribute their independent films  without the prohibitively high costs of making and shipping traditional celluloid prints. LRT is able to showcase acclaimed films and independent filmmakers, from local to international, as well as groundbreaking movies that otherwise might be screened only at festivals. They also premiere many films that have not yet had distribution in the United States.

 “This is a very exciting opportunity for our faculty and film study students,” said Susan Reilly, director of FAU’s School of Communications and Multimedia Studies. “Faculty will collaborate on special film series, and students will learn how to operate cinemas, how to write film reviews and how to introduce foreign and independent film to new audiences.”

FAU’s Boca Raton campus will be the second site for LRT, which also operates a foreign/independent cinema in Portland, Oregon.  LRT is owned by the father/son team Diego and Ernesto Rimoch.  Ernesto Rimoch is the well-known and award-winning Mexican producer of films including “Mask,” an adaptation of Julio Cortázar's story “El Perseguidor,” “ El Anzuelo” (The Come On) , “Demasiado amor” (To Love, Too Much), and documentaries for television including “Como Julio, México” (July in Mexico), “Los Tres Sismos” (The Three Earthquakes) and “La Línea” (The Line).

For more information about FAU’s Living Room Theaters, contact Diego Rimoch at For more information about FAU’s film study program, call FAU’s School of Communications and Multimedia Studies at 561-297-3850.

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