Loyola University Chicago

Conference Services



6511 N. Sheridan Road

The Damen Student Center Cinema is a 125-seat theater that can be rented for film viewings and special events. Located on the first floor of the Damen Student Center, the cinema is sleek, modern, and has comfortable tiered seating. All groups that wish to use the Damen Cinema for a film screening must be aware that we require groups to possess Public Performance Rights for any film that they would like to show.

Public Performance Rights

Public Performance Rights (PPR) are the legal rights to publicly show a film or video (media). Normally the media producer or distributor manages these rights. The rights-holder can assign PPR to others through a Public Performance License.

PPR are required for:

  • All screenings of copyrighted media to audiences outside of the regular curriculum. Examples:

  • Student club events

  • Extracurricular-sponsored events such as general lectures

  • Film series

PPR are not required for:

  • Home Viewing

  • Screening media in the context of face-to-face teaching in the service of regular curricula

  • See: Title 17 of the United States Code, Chapter 1, Section 110

Why should you learn about Public Performance Rights?

  • Showing media, whether borrowed from the library or rented/purchased, to groups outside of the classroom may be illegal, and may place the University at risk legally.

Does Loyola University Chicago Libraries purchase videos with Public Performance Rights?

Since LUC Libraries acquire media to support the curriculum, and face-to-face teaching is exempt from PPR, LUC Libraries do not typically secure PPR with video purchases. However, many distributors of our educational videos include PPR in the purchase price, which means these videos can be shown anywhere to anyone.

How can you tell if a video from LUC Libraries has Public Performance Rights?

Videos in the LUC Libraries collection with PPR typically include a note in the “Summary” field of the catalog record: Includes Public Performance Rights

Securing Public Performance Rights

Individuals and organizations are responsible for obtaining and purchasing performance rights for all publicly screened media.

Some companies to contact to secure (license) PPR:

  • Swank Motion Pictures, Inc.

  • Kino International

  • Criterion Pictures USA

  • Modern Sound Pictures

Damen Student Center Cinema (1,586 sq. ft.)
Theater Style Conference Style Classroom Style Round Tables & Chairs Open Space
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For more information about event venues at Loyola, contact Conference Services or submit our Request for Information form.