Centers: Film Study Center

About the Yale Film Study Center

The Yale Film Study Center, an Affiliate of the International Federation of Film Archives, is committed to the preservation of, and access to, resources for the scholarly study and appreciation of cinema. Founded in 1982, the Center traces its roots to film collections at Yale dating back to the 1960s, including the historic archives of a number of prominent film collections.

We have over 21,000 DVDs, 1,000 titles on Blu-ray, and 6,000 VHS tapes in our video collection; and nearly 5,000 35mm and 16mm prints in our film archive.

Also available for borrowing, or reading on the premises: more than 130 published screenplays.

The Film Study Center has a seminar room (B-20, capacity 25) available for screenings and classroom instruction with a 90 inch monitor and a separate screen for 3D Blu-ray and 16mm projection; and a screening room (B-21, capacity 15) with a 75 inch monitor and 16mm projection. Both rooms accommodate DVD, Blu-ray, VHS, and Laserdisc. The Yale television network is also available in both rooms.

We also have two flatbed film viewing facilities and twelve private video viewing booths for individual use. All worldwide media formats may be viewed. Three clip capture-enabled work stations are available by appointment for individual use by students and faculty for course-related projects. These are used to capture excerpts only.

The Film Study Center co-manages two state-of-the-art film projection facilities on the Yale campus. The Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium, 53 Wall Street (capacity 240), features a 20 foot wide screen, and is capable of showing 35mm prints in Dolby Digital stereo surround sound, as well as 16mm prints and DCP. Room 106 at 212 York Street is a 55-seat classroom, featuring both film formats with Dolby Digital stereo sound capability for 35mm. Additionally, both facilities support screenings in a variety of digital media formats including Blu-ray. 

For information on other classrooms and screening facilities, including which rooms support which media, click here.

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