Quad Day Cinema considered essential part of college experience

Looking for a relaxing way to spend the evening before classes start? Part of this year’s Welcome Week is Quad Day Cinema, an event that’s popularity has brought it back again this year. This year’s featured flick will be Iron Man 2, which was released in theaters in May.

Quad Day Cinema is a great way to relax and unwind after an event-packed day and before the mayhem of classes begins. Iron Man 2, the action-packed sequel to 2008’s blockbuster hit, stars Robert Downey Jr. as billionaire Tony Stark, whose alter ego is superhero Iron Man. The billionaire’s technologically-advanced inventions attract the attention of the press, the government and especially the military — who wants him to share his tech-savvy secrets with them.

The blockbuster smash grossed over $133 million in its opening weekend and features an all-star cast including Mickey Rourke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson and Sam Rockwell.

Bill Green, junior in LAS, said he plans on seeing “Iron Man 2” on the Quad, not only because the action is “really cool,” but also because of Johansson’s role in the movie.

“I loved it. Both (the first movie and sequel) are really good, but this one has Scarlett Johansson,” Green said.

Even if you aren’t a fan of action movies or haven’t seen the prequel, Quad Day Cinema is something every student should experience at least once while on campus. It is a worthwhile experience to watch a movie on the very spot you walk past countless times a semester.

Jeri McCombs, junior in LAS, said she loves the movie night on the Quad because it is a great way to hang out with friends.

“It’s a quintessential college experience of sitting on the Quad and watching a movie,” McCombs said. “It’s a lot of fun.”

McCombs said she enjoys that the movies selected are typically fun movies that are “easy to follow” so students can enjoy being with their friends and watching the movie at the same time.

“The community of it is really the best part,” she said.

The movie night begins on the Quad at 9 p.m. and should run until about 11:30 p.m. The Cinema Day is sponsored by the Illini Union Board, Panhellenic Council and InterFraternity Council.

In the case of inclement weather, the movie will be moved inside to the Illini Union Boardrooms.

Last year’s flick, “Up” was a major success. Swarms of students lounge on the Quad on a rare night when none of the Quad’s lights are lit. The event is free to all students and is a fun way to chill out with friends and enjoy a free flick.

In years past, the Quad has been pretty packed, so bring a blanket, some friends, snacks and a little bug spray and enjoy the show.

“It’s a great idea,” Green said. “I love the Quad. I love movies, so of course I love Quad movies.”