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City of Vancouver Archives announces historical film screening

October 30 2014

Vancouver – A Progressive City!

Come out this November to the fifth annual screening of historical films and video from the City of Vancouver Archives at the Vancity Theatre.

The screening will feature never-before-seen movies dating from the 1930s to the 1960s, as well as glass plate slides with painted advertisements from the 1920s.

Local historian Michael Kluckner will host the viewings, providing historical insight and background for each film. Movies will be presented both silently and with soundtracks. Pianist Wayne Stewart will provide live musical accompaniment for the silent movies.

Show times

Shows have been sold out for the last four years, so additional screenings will be held this November at the Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street.

Show time for Encore of the 2012 showing of Vintage Vancouver:

Show times for Vancouver—A Progressive City!:

Themes of the film screening

Vancouver of A Progressive City! is divided into three themes: 

Vancouver at Work

  • The construction of the Lions Gate Bridge
  • Early door-to-door milk delivery service
  • The Greater Vancouver Water District
  • The production of BC Sugar
  • The Stanley Park Zoo
  • The Kerrisdale Community Centre
  • Firefighters at the Stratford Hotel


  • Shriners
  • Grey Cup and PNE parades in downtown Vancouver during the 1950s
  • Excerpts from a film that highlights the Vancouver International Festival in light of the City’s 75th anniversary in 1961

Vancouver Promoted

An amateur 1930s documentary produced in tribute to the City of Vancouver. Excerpts include scenes of:

  • UBC
  • The Vancouver Airport
  • The Pattullo Bridge
  • The fishing industry
  • Remembrance Day
  • The 1939 Royal Visit

Find out more about the City of Vancouver Archives


Part of expanding upon and improving the City of Vancouver's community facilities includes rehabilitating the City Archive's building envelope, which is a $1.2 million project. Learn more about City Archives and how the City of Vancouver is preserving our history.