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The Winifred Moore Auditorium is the home of the Webster University Film Series. Originally used as a chapel, it now boasts the the most comfortable theater seats around. (Some of the original pews can be seen in the hallways of Webster Hall.) The auditorium seats 250. In addition to film screenings, the auditorium also hosts jazz and classical concerts, Opera Studio performances, lectures, and other university events.

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