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Lecture Series Committee (LSC)
Type of Group: Films & Speakers
Founded: {{{est}}}
Office: W20-469
{{{officertitle}}}: Chairman

Despite what the name implies, the Lecture Series Committee (usually called "LSC") is best known for showing films at MIT. It occasionally also brings lectures to campus.

Each weekend during the academic year, and twice monthly during the summer, LSC shows films in 26-100.

The first movie ever shown by LSC was the 1936 film "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town" on May 2, 1950.


Sci-Fi Marathon

LSC hosts the annual Science Fiction Marathon during IAP.

The first annual Science Fiction Marathon took place during IAP 1979, on January 31. The lineup was:

  • Barbarella (1968)
  • The Blob (1958)
  • The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
  • City on the Edge of Forever (1967)
  • Crack in the World (1965)
  • First Spaceship on Venus (1960)
  • The Invisible Man (1933)
  • Space Seed (1966)
  • Fantastic Voyage (1966)

The 34th Annual Science Fiction Marathon will take place during IAP 2012.


Sometimes, LSC shows a movie at MIT before it has been released to the general public. This is referred to as a "Sneak."

Some films that have been sneaks at LSC include:

  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • Zombieland
  • Blades of Glory
  • 8 Mile
  • Corpse Bride
  • I (Heart) Huckabees
  • School of Rock
  • Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
  • Disturbia
  • Grosse Pointe Blank
  • Adventureland

Audience Interaction

One of the best things about watching a movie at LSC is the crowd.

In Stereo

An LSC screening starts with trailers for upcoming LSC movies. Before each trailer, there is an LSC slide informing the crowd when the movie will show, for example, "Next Friday and Sunday" or "Coming soon." The entire crowd, in unison, would then respond, "Next Friday and Sunday IN STEREO!" or "Coming soon IN STERO!"

LSC Sucks

Another LSC tradition is that if the movie audio or visual should fail during the film, one audience members shouts "LSC!" and the rest of the crowd replies "Sucks!"

You can try this at any movie theater, especially those near a large concentration of MIT alums (Boston, Silicon Valley, Manhattan, etc.), and especially at a movie that might draw a large MIT crowd. "LSC… sucks!" momemnts have been reported across the world, from London to Los Angeles.


The MIT Lecture Series Committee was begun in 1944. In 1950, LSC's popular film program began.

Over the years, LSC has prided itself on being at the forefront of cinema technology, featuring four-track magnetic surround sound when monaural sound was the norm. Today, LSC features 35mm motion picture projection on a 26'x13' screen and 5.1 DTS and Dolby Digital sound, with 7000 watts of amplification.

LSC is also proud to feature a Rear Window Captioning system, which allows the hearing-impaired to watch closed captioning of selected films.

Official Links

*LSC homepage
*Archive of films shown at LSC