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UCLA Opens Darren Star Screening Room

The UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television will open a new, state-of-the-art screening room courtesy of a donation from television producer Darren Star with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to be held Friday.

The 54-seat screening room includes DCP/HD projection with Dolby 3D and high-frame-rate technology, Dolby Surround 7.1 sound along with two Strong Simplex 35mm film projectors and Blu-ray/DVD projection capabilities. The room will also include a high-definition video conferencing room using robotic cameras connected to the James Bridges Theater in Melnitz Hall, linking theater and screening room in real time.

“We are thrilled and honored to have received this groundbreaking, transformational leadership gift from Darren,” UCLA TFT dean Teri Schwartz said. “He is a treasured alum and generous supporter of our school who has made an enormous contribution to our new vision and long-range plans.”

Star added, “As part of their UCLA TFT education, it’s crucial for students to experience first-hand the technologies found at leading entertainment studios. That’s why it is important that they have a state-of-the-art facility where they can learn, create and showcase their many talents. I hope this intimate theater will serve the next great generation of storytellers to emerge from UCLA.”

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