Lens and Lights started off in the winter of 1961-62 after a few WPI students took over two 35mm film projectors that were left by the Navy ROTC program. Decades later, Lens and Lights still shows movies every week in Upper Perreault Hall, bringing theater quality movie presentations in 16mm, 35mm, 70mm, and digital 2K with 5.1 surround sound. LNL shows a wide variety of films ranging from classic 80s Sci-Fi to movies fresh out of theaters - sometimes even before Blu-Ray release! Together with student organizations (SocComm Films) and in partnership with individuals and professors (HUA Film series, China Hub Series) we present what the community wants to see on the big screen. In summary, LNL is a group of students who love the art of projection - both in classical (film) and modern (digital 2K) formats.
Currently, we are one of the few remaining theaters that can present in both 35mm and 70mm film and we keep our projectionists fully trained on its proper handling and use. When we do occasionally present classic movies on 35mm or modern 70mm, we can do something no other theater in Worcester can do. By request, our film distributor, as well as our contacts at the Library of Congress and the Criterion Collection, can provide us with access to thousands of movies on film.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We’re happy to work with you to create the perfect movie presentation! We are also always on the lookout for new members, so reach out if you want to learn more. Or come up to the booth behind Upper Perreault Hall after a movie or whenever you see the lights on!
Want to learn more about our projectors? Check out our Technical Overview for an in-depth look at our inventory.