The Video Theater is located on the second floor of the Student Union building beside the computer lab. Admission to most films is free for any MTSU students/faculty/staff (with ID) and their guests. Regular weekly films and monthly midnight movies, as well as public domain films are all free. Special events, such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show, may have a cost associated with them. Please check our calendar for all film screenings and information.
The movie theater seats 90, with a maximum occupancy of 95 (ADA accommodations available upon request). As of Fall 2016, the theater has capabilities for closed-caption and audio description by request using cup-holder devices provided to patrons (some older titles may not be compatible with audio description).
The theater is capable of screening 3D and 2D films, and digital movie files. For more information on digital files, please read the FAQ below.
Weekly Film Screenings
Every week during the semester (excluding breaks), SPARE screens both pre-home and on-DVD films in the Student Union Video Theater. The screenings are free for MTSU students, faculty, staff, and their guests. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Patrons are allowed to bring small snacks into the theater and are expected to clean up after themselves. For a list of upcoming movies, please visit our films calendar. Showtimes typically run according to the following schedule:
Thursday: 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Friday: 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Saturday: 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Midnight Movies traditionally screen on the final Friday of the month. The films schedule can be seen here. Before each film, doors will open at 11:30 p.m. or upon conclusion of the previous weekly film's 10 p.m. screening. Movies in this series tend to be cult films, modern classics, and/or "so bad it's good" fanfare. Admission is free with an MTSU ID, and students are allowed to bring one non-student guest.
Information provided by Swank Motion Pictures, USA.
The Federal Copyright Act (Title 17, United States code, Public Law 94-553, 90 Stat. 2541) governs how copyrighted materials, such as movies, may be utilized publicly. Neither the rental nor the purchase or lending of a DVD carries with it the right to exhibit such a movie publicly outside the home, unless the site where the video is used is properly licensed for copyright compliant exhibition.
The concept of “public performance” is central to copyright and is the main issue of protection for these intellectual properties. Most of the persons participating in movie productions depend upon royalties for a major portion of their payment for work performed. For the purposes of the Video Theater, all screenings (even birthday parties) are considered a public performance due to the venue being a public exhibition space. For more information and details on academic exemption requirements, please reference this document. Additional questions can be directed to Tyler Adkins at 615-898-5608.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Are only students allowed?
A: Currently, weekly film screenings are open to MTSU students and faculty/staff. For midnight movies, the intended audience is MTSU students only, and we scan ID's. Special events, such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show and the MTSU Student Film Festival, are usually open to students, faculty/staff, and community members. Please visit our calendar for more information on event admission policies.
Q: Are food and drinks allowed?
A: Small snacks and drinks are permissible in the Video Theater and can be purchased in the vending machines on campus, as well as in the P.O.D. on the first floor of the Student Union. Patrons are asked to clean up after themselves as custodial staff do not service the venue between screenings.
Q: Can I rent the Video Theater for a private party or an organizational/departmental function?
A: The Video Theater can be rented for both. Departments, student organizations, and faculty/staff may rent the Video Theater. If the theater is being used as a room without any projector usage/film screening, please fill out the Application for Use of Facilities and return it to either STU 340 or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. However, if a film is involved, it is pertinent that the correct licenses are obtained and a tech be present. Please see the additional questions below to find more information based on different situations. Any additional questions can be directed to Tyler Adkins at 615-898-5608.
Q: I want to show a feature film. How much will it cost?
A: Prices for feature films vary depending on how old or new the film is. A regular license for an older film can vary between $450-$750 for a one-time screening, and a pre-home film can cost up to $1100. If you are interested in showing a major motion picture, you can try to book your event based around our weekly film series. By renting the theater for a private showing alongside our program, you will be charged 10% of the total licensing cost (an $800 licensed film would cost $80). Additionally, you will need a projectionist to screen the film, costing $25 per event.
Q: What movies are you showing so that I may get a reduced-license for my rental?
A: Visit our films page for more information on what films we are screening throughout the year. By renting the theater for a private showing in conjunction with a weekly film, you will be charged 10% of the licensing cost rather than the full cost.
Q: I want to show a local/student film. Do I need a license?
A: Local and student films do not require a license. However, we do require written permission from the copyright holder (if applicable) before a screening can be approved. Additionally, all films shown in the STU Theater will need to be converted to DCP format. Please contact email@example.com for more information on the conversion process if you are interested in screening a film. As an additional opportunity, student films can be submitted into our film festival. More information is available here.
Q: I want to show a film that is digital. What format do I need to use?
A: In order for us to screen a digital file, it needs to be formatted so that it can run via Dolby DCP. All films shown in the STU Theater will need to be converted to DCP format. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the conversion process if you are interested in screening a film. Please schedule a time prior to advertising your event to test the film's digital file for compatibility.
Q: My party is private. Why do I need a license?
A: Please read the copyright document above for more information on the regulations regarding copyright. In short, due to our venue being a public performance venue, all screenings are considered public under the copyright legislature.
Q: How do I apply to rent the theater?
A: Please fill out the Application for Use of Facilities and provide proof of license for films (if applicable). You may return this form to STU 340 or email it to email@example.com. If you need assistance obtaining a film license, or will be taking advantage of our reduced-rate opportunity, please call Tyler Adkins at 615-898-5608. We will contact you with follow-up questions regarding your event. For venue availability, please check the calendar. In general, the facility is unavailable on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. If you would like to have food at your event, please contact the Student Programming office at 615-898-2551 for more information.