Lafayette’s newest academic building and the final piece of the Williams Arts Campus, William C. Buck Hall opens its doors for classes this fall.

The 18,000-square-foot building houses a black box theater seating up to 200 and a 180-seat cinema as well as a box office, control room, smart classroom, dressing rooms, and scene and costume shops. It will support the College’s programs in theater and film and media studies, enhance artistic opportunities for all Lafayette students, and add to Easton’s cultural resources.

Buck Hall provides more opportunities for campus arts groups and is the best place to see films on campus and in the city. The extra space also allows the theater department to schedule longer runs for shows, more workshops, and more student-directed performances.

Buck Hall was made possible because of a major gift from William C. Buck ’50 and his wife, Laura Buck. The Daniel H. and Sandra Weiss Black Box Theater is named for the former Lafayette president and his wife, thanks to a donation by the Board of Trustees honoring the couple. The film-screening room is named the Landis Cinema in honor of the late John W. Landis ’39 and Muriel T.S. Landis.