Free showing of ‘Smokin’ Aces’

Every once in a while, this university actually manages to do something extremely cool.

Tomorrow, for example, Program Council will be showing the film “Smokin’ Aces” on campus, for free, with free food. The event is called “Dinner and a Movie.”

“This semester, we only had two of these, but next semester we are thinking of doing about three,” Laurie Orlando, vice president of public relations for the Program Council said.

Throughout the semester, the “Dinner and a Movie” event has taken place in various locations in and around campus.

“We showed Saw III in the Lowman Student Center in room 320,” Orlando said. “This one will actually be shown on the hill, right near Old Main Pitt.”

The Program Council works directly with film distributors in order to get access to the newest, most sought after movies as they are released. That’s how they got the chance to show “Smokin’ Aces,” which was only available on DVD last Tuesday.

“We get a list of movies from Swank Motion Pictures, and they can get us the newest movies coming out sometimes even before they come out on DVD,” Orlando said. “From there, we work together and decide which one sounds good.”

As Orlando noted, all of the Program Council events are free, including this and any other “Dinner and a Movie” event. Everything about the event is completely free of cost, including admission, food and beverages.

“We’re going to have popcorn, nachos, hot dogs and drinks,” Orlando said. “The film should last from 8 p.m. until about 10 or 10:30 p.m.”

The only thing this event is not providing any patrons with is actual chairs.

“We encourage people to bring blankets or things to sit on,” Orlando said.

In the event that the weather does not cooperate, the rain plan for the event is to move the feature into the LSC Ballroom.

As for what to look forward to next semester for the “Dinner and a Movie” events, members of the Program Council will base that upon which movies really stand out until it is time to plan another one.

“It kind of depends on what comes out,” Orlando said. “If there’s a big box office hit this summer, we might show that in the fall.”

For anyone interested in contributing to a future event like this one, Program Council has their meetings on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

“We’re always accepting new committee members, and they can join any time, during any semester,” Orlando said.

Additionally, paid positions are going to be offered for next semester, and now is the time to apply for those positions.

“We are going to be hiring this semester, including some positions for event planners, and applications are available this week and next week in the office,” Orlando said. “They’re due by May 1 at 5 p.m., and we’ll be interviewing next Friday on Dead Days. They’d get paid for 10 hours a week, and they would be planning events for the university.”

For more information about this or any other Program Council event, contact Laurie Orlando at (936) 294-1763.

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