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Vancouver Archival Films at Vancity Theatre

Monday, November 23rd, 2009 — 9:15am PDT
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The City of Vancouver Archives are opening up their film vault this Sunday with a historic showcase of some fascinating moments in our City’s history.

Where: Vancity Theatre (Vancouver International Film Centre on Seymour)
When: Sunday, November 29th at 2:00pm
Tickets: $8 and available online in advance

The footage (different to the spot featured above) will include some of the following events from Vancouver’s past:

  • The Vancouver Polo team defeat Douglas Lake 13-4 and takes the B.C. Challenge Trophy, 1928.
  • Spencer’s Toy Parade ca 1927. Santa Claus climbs the facade of Spencer’s Department Store.
  • World War I flying ace Albert Earl Godfrey takes off from the Royal Canadian Air Force base at Jericho Beach ca 1928.
  • The New Zealand All Blacks play rugby at the Brockton Oval, Stanley Park ca 1934.
  • A newsreel of Bing Crosby’s visit to Vancouver in 1948 to raise funds for the Sunset Memorial Centre (Film was found in a time capsule).
  • Things to do in Stanley Park in the 1930s and 40s.
  • … and much more.
  • This is a unique opportunity to get a glimpse into the lives of Vancouverites from 1926 – 1950. There will be live music accompaniment and the Vancity Theatre is a licensed venue (please note this event is for ages 19 and over). You can follow the City of Vancouver Archives on Twitter or see other footage on their YouTube channel.

    Update: I have FOUR tickets to give away for this film event. Please leave a comment below and I’ll draw a winner by the end of the week.
    Update: Scales is my first winner and I’ll draw another later today, thanks!
    Update: My other winner is Andrea, congratulations & have fun!

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    1. Andrew Chobaniuk says:

      Looks really cool!

    2. scales says:

      fun screening! Sounds like something DaveO and I would love to see// ๐Ÿ˜‰

    3. Sarah Shaw says:

      Oh please pick me!!! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Huge history buff and would love to go!

      Keep up the good work ๐Ÿ™‚

    4. Kathy says:

      History…ahhh..”B” and I grew up in Vancouver,love watching history channel,documentaries,etc…it would make for a sweet afternoon…

    5. lizzy says:

      this looks like the best way to spend a hungover sunday!

    6. mona says:

      Sounds really interesting!

    7. Kaflin says:

      This looks interesting. Will probably go even if I don’t win the tickets.

    8. Angie says:

      I’d be curious to see, compared to now, how many trees we had in the city at the time the footage was taken.

    9. Andrea says:

      Very cool. I wonder if MOV will screen these too, seeing as they have a permanent exhibit on Vancouver’s history.

    10. Graham says:

      Looks awesome, I’d love to go!

    11. Akemi says:

      Would love to go!

    12. Wendy says:

      I’ll be there!

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