Vancouver Archival Films at Vancity Theatre

Comments 12 by Rebecca Bollwitt

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!

    12 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

    1. Andrew ChobaniukMonday, November 23rd, 2009 — 9:52am PST

      Looks really cool!

    2. scalesMonday, November 23rd, 2009 — 10:18am PST

      fun screening! Sounds like something DaveO and I would love to see// 😉

    3. Sarah ShawMonday, November 23rd, 2009 — 12:30pm PST

      Oh please pick me!!! 🙂
      Huge history buff and would love to go!

      Keep up the good work 🙂

    4. KathyMonday, November 23rd, 2009 — 1:44pm PST

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

    5. lizzyMonday, November 23rd, 2009 — 4:06pm PST

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

    6. monaMonday, November 23rd, 2009 — 4:23pm PST

      Sounds really interesting!

    7. KaflinMonday, November 23rd, 2009 — 4:29pm PST

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

    8. AngieMonday, November 23rd, 2009 — 5:53pm PST

      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. AndreaTuesday, November 24th, 2009 — 6:31pm PST

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

    10. GrahamWednesday, November 25th, 2009 — 8:13pm PST

      Looks awesome, I’d love to go!

    11. AkemiThursday, November 26th, 2009 — 8:43pm PST

      Would love to go!

    12. WendySaturday, November 28th, 2009 — 7:18pm PST

      I’ll be there!

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