It’s show time! Stan State Cinema makes an expected return | Culture & Leisure

The university’s student center dims its lights to complete its transformation for the Stan State Cinema. (Photo courtesy of Mark Coggins)

The Warrior Steps comes alive to the sound of blockbuster movies when Stan State Cinema returned to the Student Center for the Spring 2022 semester. Stan State Cinema is hosted by the Student Center (SC) and in conjunction with Housing & Residential Life. This recurring event brings students together to watch some of their favorite movies.

The March 10 event featured The Matrix Resurrections film in a crowded theater set on the Turlock campus. At the main entrance, student center staff help students check in via a QR code and introduce them to the free snacks available nearby. The Warrior Grill also remains open to customers.

The last Stan State Cinema featured Black Widow and was held on October 14, 2021. This event was located on the Warrior Lawn outside of SC, so when the event returned this semester, students like Charlie Jueco (junior, Computer Science) were impressed with the turnout and passing through.

“It was nice to see a lot of people coming together, especially for a sci-fi movie like The Matrix,” Jueco said. until now.”

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Three attendees seated at Warrior Steps, ready to admire the Stan State Cinema. (Photo courtesy of @asi_sc_stanstate on Instagram)

Despite its seemingly simple premise, Stan State Cinema is a highly coordinated event made possible by its teams of organizers. Helena Arroyo is the Student SC Events Coordinator. She described how each department of the Student Center was involved in organizing the parties. Operations was responsible for setting everything up, including making sure equipment such as the sound system was working properly for the projection. Programming staff were also present at the entrance to welcome and offer assistance to all students.

Housing and residential life also play an important role during events. Danielle Rankin, Residential Program Coordinator at Housing, explained how the collaboration with SC enabled the Stan State Cinema to transition from offsite accommodation to accommodation within the Student Center.

“The experience can always be extended,” Rankin said.

According to Arroyo, Stan State Cinema was inspired by the goal of giving students the opportunity to attend a different type of event than the exciting weekly Warrior Wednesdays.

“We wanted to do something where they could relax, hang out with their friends outside of school, while having a college experience,” she explained.

Campus events with such an attractive venue and premises are also an opportunity for students to get a good first impression of campus pride.

“It was awesome,” Memphis Loza (sophomore, business administration) described. Loza hadn’t attended any on-campus events before the Stan State Cinema.

“I’ve been really isolated and all of my classes are online,” explained Loza, whose reasoning has been applicable to many students repopulating campus this semester.

He added that watching a movie with fellow warriors made him feel “really connected to college and the people around me.”

Overall, the response to Stan State Cinema has been very positive. For those interested in future events, students have the opportunity to suggest the next film via the ASI&SC Instagram page.


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