Details of membership categories and charges, how to get membership, Schedule of movies and other details can be found at the bottom of this page.
Film Club at IIT Madras was started in November of the year 1961 due to the efforts of Mr. Pritam Lal Kapur (BT 1960-65). Movies are projected onto a screen (white washed wall) about 50 feet wide and 24 feet tall from a projector room at a distance of 180 feet from the screen in Open Air Theater (OAT). Surround sound system with DTS is used for audio. Movies are shown in digital format using 2K Digital Projection Facility (D-Cinema - 17000 lumens) purchased with contributions from the following alumni: Niranjan Nilakantan (B.Tech-CS, graduated in 1996), Kalpathi Suresh (B.Tech-EE, graduated in 1986) and the Batch of 1975.
Regular movies are screened in OAT every saturday at 8:00PM (regular schedule) with an interval of 8-10 mins about half way into the movie. A tentative schedule of movies is announced to the campus community by an email in the beginning of the month. Based on the availability, movie for a particular saturday is confirmed on Thursday/ Friday of that week. In a year, about 50 regular movies are screened by the Film Club (half of them in english and remaining half in Hindi, Tamil and other regional languages) and another 6-10 movies are screened by various associations/ organizations on campus(typically on Fridays). Permission to show the movies is obtained from local distributors of the respective movies and digital content is obtained from Real Image Media Technologies.
Unless OAT is flooded, OAT movies are not cancelled due to rains. Watching a movie in OAT while it is raining has its own charms.
...................Only Faculty, staff, students, retired faculty and alumni of IIT Madras can become members of the film club. Only members and their guests are allowed to watch the movies.
Even for guest tickets, those with gallery cards can only get gallery tickets.
Request to members:
Location of Film Club Office : In OAT, behind the large white screen, on first floor.
Office hours: 4:30-7:30PM every saturday.
Phone numbers: 044 2257 9427 (off), 044 2257 5008 (secretary: Mr. Karuppiah), 044 2257 4014 (President: Dr. Murthy H. S. N.).
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