Students are the Stars as Co-Producers Ryerson University and AMC Entertainment Inc. Premiere State-of-the-Art Lecture Halls in Movie Theatres

    TORONTO, Sept. 16 /CNW/ - Ryerson University and AMC Entertainment Inc.
(AMC) are pleased to present a venture eight years in the making: education in
high definition. Beginning this fall, Ryerson students play a starring role at
AMC Yonge & Dundas 24 where 12 movie theatres have been engineered into
state-of-the-art lecture theatres. Working closely together with AMC from
concept to construction of the space in Toronto Life Square, Ryerson has
outfitted the theatres with cutting edge presentation technology to create
ultramodern lecture facilities. Students and faculty alike benefit from the
exceptional learning and teaching environment.
    "Ryerson University is proud to be part of the revitalization of the
downtown core," said Sheldon Levy, President, Ryerson University. "With the
vision and support of Councillor Kyle Rae and local business and community
leaders, Yonge-Dundas and Toronto Life Square is springing to life. We are
delighted to be working with AMC to provide innovative classrooms designed
with students in mind. This is exactly what we envisioned when we launched
Ryerson's Master Plan and declared our intention to focus on 'the University
as city-builder': with energetic partnerships and great ideas, our aim is to
move Ryerson and Toronto forward together."
    Ryerson has invested approximately $1 million in equipping the theatres
with state-of-the art presentation technology which surpasses that offered by
most universities in North America. The lecture theatres feature full high
definition projectors, Blu-Ray DVD players, interactive tablet technology,
removable tablet arms for writing, superb acoustics and custom-designed
lighting and mobile lecterns. Two separate A/V systems operate within each
theatre so that there are separate projection, sound and lighting systems for
Ryerson's educational uses.
    Approximately 8,000 students take classes this fall in the AMC theatres
every week, attending the 40 courses offered there. Classes run Monday to
Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in theatres that each seat between 125 and
285 people. A broad range of students and faculty from a variety of arts,
science and engineering programs have the opportunity to experience various
applications of the cutting edge technology. Used in the mornings when movie
theatres are normally empty, the Ryerson AMC Lecture Theatres enable Ryerson
to use valuable resources on its doorstep, a highly sustainable alternative to
building new facilities.
    "The Ryerson AMC lecture theatres provide an excellent environment to
teach in," said Dr. Krishnan Venkatakrishnan, Associate Professor, Department
of Mechanical Engineering and 2008 Early Researcher Award recipient. "Students
are comfortable in their seats, so they are less restless and they concentrate
more. Attendance has even increased since moving to the new space. In my
Manufacturing Fundamentals class we work a lot with metrology. The large
screen and high definition projector really help engage the students-even the
students at the back can see all the gradations on the ruler, which enables
them all to participate in the class."
    Students also like the convenience of lecture theatres that are fully
accessible and linked directly to the subway.
    "It's nice to have more space on campus", said Muhammad Ali Jabbar,
President, Ryerson Students' Union. "Given the under-funding of universities
this is an innovative initiative that strives to meet the growing needs of our
urban campus."
    AMC and Ryerson University both have long histories of innovation and
creative problem-solving. Ryerson, known for creating real-world answers to
real-world problems, has come up with a number of creative solutions to meet
the challenges of continuing student demand. In 2006 the University opened the
Ted Rogers School of Management at 575 Bay Street in a unique joint venture
with Cadillac Fairview. The Ryerson Athletics Centre (RAC) is located
underground beneath the University quadrangle, one of the first green roofs in

    AMC is known for many of the innovations that moviegoers enjoy today,
including the world's first shopping centre "twin" theatre in 1963, the
multiplex and North American megaplex concepts. The company has also designed
the cupholder armrest, the first-ever ATM-style ticketing system and the
unique LoveSeat(R)-style theatre seating.

    Ryerson University is Canada's leader in career-focused education,
offering close to 90 PhD, master's, and undergraduate programs in the Faculty
of Arts; the Faculty of Communication & Design; the Faculty of Community
Services; the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Science; and the Ted
Rogers School of Management. Ryerson University has graduate and undergraduate
enrolment of 25,000 students. With more than 64,000 registrations annually,
The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is Canada's leading
provider of university-based adult education.
    For detailed information on the presentation technology see Lecture
Theatre Technology Backgrounder.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Heather Kearney, Public Affairs,
Ryerson University, (416) 979-5000 x4282,

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