LSC Schedule Archives
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LSC has been a cultural phenomenon at MIT since 1944, often unique in many ways from other college film groups. Help us fill in the collective folk history of LSC and MIT, and tell us how it's affected your life.
Recordings of the following events are available for download:
- Breaking the Lightspeed Barrier -- Fact or Fiction? (1 November 2011), a lecture with MIT Physics professors Alan Guth, Edward Farhi, and Peter Fisher
- The Future of Cultural Work (14 July 2012), a conversation with writer and executive producer Jim Munroe, XKCD webcomic creator Randall Munroe (no relation), and interactive fiction guru Andrew Plotkin, preceding Ghosts with Shit Jobs
- The Discovery of the Higgs Boson: The Final Missing Piece? (11 October 2012), a lecture with MIT Physics professors Edward Farhi, Jesse Thaler, Christoph Paus, and Markus Klute
- 21 (13 November 2012), a screening and Q&A with Ben Mezrich (author of "Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions" and Jeff Ma '94 (MIT Blackjack Team member and the inspiration for the Ben Campbell character in 21).
- Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?: An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky (12 February 2013), an advance screening and Q&A with Director Michel Gondry and Prof. Noam Chomsky
- Ex Machina (13 April 2015), an advance screening and Q&A with writer/director Alex Garland
LSC Film Schedules since 1950
LSC has been showing feature films on campus since 1950. Check out our schedules by decade below:
LSC on the Web
The Tech claims to be the first newspaper on the web, dating from 1993, and there's no evidence to the contrary. We don't know where we fit in at 1996, but we're probably one of the first dozen movie theaters on the web. Some perspective: Google went online in 1996 and was known as Backrub; Amazon.com put up its first site in July 1995; Yahoo dates from February 1994. Here's the Google archive of a Usenet post explaining the woefully incomplete state of theater websites as late as 1997.
Please be aware that there may be broken links, as well as links to websites that no longer exist. This is a reflection of the speed with which the Internet changes. Also, while we've tried to replicate the original page layout as closely as possible, a modern browser will probably render it differently from a period browser. For some real fun, dig out an old copy of Netscape or Mosaic.
The Beginning: 1996 Design
|  1996:   ||IAP   ||Spring   ||Summer   ||Fall   |
|  1997:   ||IAP   ||Spring   ||Summer   ||Fall   |
|  1998:   ||IAP   ||Spring   ||Summer   ||Fall   |
|  1999:   ||IAP   ||Spring   ||(missing)   ||  |
We can proudly claim that we did not use any <blink> tags in the rush to take advantage of the Netscape tags in HTML. Of interest: the links to the Mississippi State University mirror of IMDB for Spring 1996. The MSU links don't work, but the subsequent IMDB.com links still work, a tribute to backward compatibility. Here's what the IMDB used to look like. Kevin Lynch '96 and Phil Lisiecki '96 worked on the IAP 1996 site. We are uncertain if there was an earlier incarnation of the website.
Release 2: 1999 Design
|  1999:   ||  ||  ||  ||Fall   |
|  2000:   ||IAP   ||Spring   ||Summer   ||Fall   |
|  2001:   ||IAP   ||Spring   ||Summer   ||Fall   |
|  2002:   ||IAP   ||Spring   ||Summer   ||Fall   |
|  2003:   ||IAP   ||Spring   ||  ||  |
Alvar Saenz-Otero '98 G designed the new layout for the LSC webpage. Webmasters for this design included Jeremy Daniel '99. Depending on how you count it, our first movie in the new millennium was either Lolita or Dead Poets Society. Also of note are the special pages in Fall 1999 for Thanksgiving and the Star Wars costume contest.
Release 3: 2003 Design
|  2003:   ||  ||  ||Summer   ||Fall   |
|  2004:   ||IAP   ||Spring   ||Summer   ||Fall   |
|  2005:   ||IAP   ||Spring   ||Summer   ||Fall   |
|  2006:   ||IAP   ||Spring   ||Summer   ||Fall   |
|  2007:   ||IAP   ||Spring   ||Summer   ||Fall   |
|  2008:   ||IAP   ||Spring   ||Summer   ||Fall   |
|  2009:   ||IAP   ||Spring   ||Summer   ||Fall   |
|  2010:   ||IAP   ||Spring   ||Summer   ||Fall   |
|  2011:   ||IAP   ||Spring   ||Summer   ||Fall   |
|  2012:   ||IAP   ||Spring   ||Summer   ||Fall   |
|  2013:   ||IAP   ||Spring   ||Summer   ||Fall   |
|  2014:   ||IAP   ||Spring   ||Summer   ||Fall   |
|  2015:   ||IAP   ||Spring   ||n/a||Fall   |
|  2016:   ||IAP   ||Spring   ||n/a||Fall   |
|  2017:   ||IAP   ||Spring   ||n/a||Fall   |
|  2018:   ||IAP   ||Spring   ||n/a||Fall   |
|  2019:   ||IAP   ||Spring   ||n/a||Fall   |
Tao Yue '04 designed the new layout for the LSC webpage. Webmasters for this design included Erica Peterson '02. Of interest: the closed-captioning logo beginning in fall of 2003, when we installed Rear Window Captioning, which makes theatrical films accessible to the hard-of-hearing. Release 3a in Summer 2007 incorporated some small changes to the layout and style, as well as the inclusion of embedded flash trailers on the front page. The photograph of an LSC audience featured at the top of the page was taken by Tao Yue '04.