No need to take the Stagbus and spend money at the movie theatre when you can enjoy a free movie with popcorn and friends just steps away from the Barone Campus Center. Spend your next Friday night watching the latest blockbuster hit in Gonzaga Auditorium.

A tradition started by Residence Life two years ago when the Gonzaga Auditorium was fully renovated with a high definition projector and surround sound, these Friday movie nights are an opportunity for the Fairfield community to sit back, relax and enjoy pre-released movies (unavailable to buy or rent yet).

Movies shown area all selected via student-completed surveys.

This year, some of the most popular movies of the summer will be screened for students, including all of the biggest superhero blockbuster hits.

Beginning every Friday night at 10 p.m., free popcorn is provided for moviegoers. Student clubs and organizations often sell snacks for fundraising. Raffle prizes such as movie posters are given away to audience members as well.

“The benefit to the students is that they get the chance to see these great movies on campus for free,” said Assistant Director of Residence Life Nathan Lubich.

“It’s a great way to provide alternative late night weekend programming. We want to make sure that no student can say, ‘There’s nothing to do here on a Friday night’,” said Lubich.

The series commenced last Friday night with a showing of the hit superhero film “The Avengers.” When asked about the turnout for the movie, Lubich estimated about 100 students were in attendance.

“The turnout really depends on the movie being shown. As more people attend they realize how great of a setup it is and they tend to return,” said Lubich.

With a great line up in store for the semester, Gonzaga Friday movie nights at 10 p.m. will not want to be missed. Be sure to check out upcoming films such as “The Amazing Spider-Man,” “Magic Mike,” “Brave” and “The Dark Knight Rises.”

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