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City Archives presents historic films from Vancouver’s past

November 15 2012

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An afternoon at the movies will transport audiences through Vancouver’s past as the City of Vancouver Archives presents Vintage Vancouver, a showcase of historic films from its collection.

When: Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 2 pm
Where: Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street

This is the third in a series of screenings in collaboration with Vancity Theatre at the Vancouver International Film Centre, exhibiting some of the Archives’ finest moving images from the past 90 years.

Vancouver historian Michael Kluckner will host the event, guiding viewers on a journey to past decades. Pianist Wayne Stewart will provide musical accompaniment to the films in the program without audio.

The program is divided into three themes “At Work”, “At Play”, and “Subject to Change”.

“At Work” features a look at the construction and opening of the Granville Bridge and a fire safety film from the early ‘70s.

 “At Play” highlights various celebrations and recreational activities, including Queen Elizabeth’s visit in 1959 and a dragon parade through Chinatown in the ‘50s.

 “Subject to Change” presents a range of film styles: amateur documentary, experimental film and professional promotion video with footage of a movie protest and two selections from local filmmaker Mike Collier who created award-winning works over four decades.

Vintage Vancouver will also show “snipes” from the 1920s, short segments aired before movies or during intermissions.