Film Studies Department
Nestrick Theater, Film Theater at Dwinelle Hall
University of California, Berkeley
The University of California at Berkeley Department of Film Studies offers an innovative interdisciplinary program leading to a BA in Film Studies. It offers rigorous, widespread engagement with the culture of moving-images, teaching students to think historically, theoretically and analytically about cinematic forms. The Film Program also offers a Ph.D. in film history and theory.
The Nestrick Theater is the heart of the Department. The room was designed to meet ADA requirements, an ever-changing technical environment, and a demanding user population. Perhaps the most important criterion for the room was the creation of a space where film professionals can lecture and chat with university scholars and students. Lighting, acoustics, finishes, and circulation patterns played important roles in the design. The projection booth provides several methods of film presentation, from film nitrate originals to HDTV. Sliding blackboards in front of a whiteboard allows for different screen size configurations.
Our cutting-edge technical solution to computer and long-range-conferencing needs also provides a space that can be used when national and international leaders give talks at the University. Large-screen projectors and an audio system are built in. Wireless networking as well as ethernet jacks and power monuments are distributed throughout the area. Tables and chairs can be quickly reconfigured to accommodate lectures and group collaborations.