Lumina Theater

Reservations & Film Programming

Lumina Theater is programmed by academic departments, campus offices, and student organizations. In addition to showing popular films that appeal to the UNCW student body, Lumina Theater programmers often showcase films which may not otherwise reach the Wilmington and campus communities. If your student organization, university office, department, or off-campus business wishes to host an event in Lumina Theater, the information on this page will help you in planning and preparation for a great event.

View of Lumina Theater from next to the podium    View of lumina theater from the top of the auditorium seating

Getting Started

If your student group, department or off-campus business or organization would like to reserve Lumina Theater for a film event, you will first need to secure Public Performance Rights for your film. Please review the Guide for Film Programmers (PDF) and the Lumina Reservation Policies to help get you started.

For rental costs associated with Lumina Theater, please reference the Lumina Theater Rental Fees (PDF).

If you would like to find a film to show and don't know where to start, please review offerings from film distributors on Lumina Theater's List of Film Resources and Distributors.

Consider Your Event Needs


Lumina Theater is a multi-use auditorium space that can accommodate film programming, presentations, panels, and more. Below are some common packages that you may select during the reservation process, but if your event has more complex needs, feel free to put your basic needs in the initial reservation and our professional staff members will work with you to make your event vision come to life. As pictured above, Lumina Theater has two registration tables outside of the main entrance included with your reservation for you to check in event participants, hand out items or snacks, or simply welcome attendees to your event. 

Movie Package


The movie package is the ideal selection for groups looking to do a simple film screening. Should you wish to have a presentation or panel discussion after the film, note as such in your reservation and we can add aspects of the presentation or panel package. The movie package includes:

  • 4K projector and screen
  • Sound package (surround sound if your film selection supports)
  • Lectern with built-in microphone

Presentation Package


The presentation package is sure to dazzle your event attendees with a crisp 4K projector image highlighting your graphics and videos. Should you prefer to add a wireless, lavaliere, or countryman microphone for your presenter, you can do so in the reservation system. The presentation package includes:

  • 4K projector and screen
  • Sound package
  • Lectern with built-in microphone and confidence monitor

Panel Package


The panel package can accommodate a number of panelists and can include a static or dynamic presentation should you choose to add the projector and screen to your reservation. While Lumina Theater is equipped with four panel style microphones, additional panelists can be accommodated based on the needs of your event. The panel package includes:

  • Sound package
  • Panel tables, chairs, and table covers
  • 4 wired panel microphones
  • Lectern with built-in microphone and confidence monitor

Make a Reservation

If you are a member of a UNCW office or student organization and you are ready to make your film reservation, please submit your request through the Campus Reservation System. A Campus Life representative will follow up with you to ensure all details of your event are addressed for a smooth experience. 

If you are not associated with UNCW and wish to make a reservation, please contact Campus Life Reservations.