Vancouver Retro Cinema Fest 2012

Comments 29 by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Vancouver Retro Cinema Fest is bringing cult classics and pop favourites to the Denman Cinemas this month. The 8-day festival will feature 15 hits at the West End theatre including:

  • Sunday, September 23, 2012: An Opening You Can’t Refuse: Godfather I, II
  • Monday, September 24, 2012: Tarantino Night: Pulp Fiction, Inglorious Basterds
  • Tuesday, September 25, 2012: I Heart 80’s: Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal
  • Wednesday, September 26, 2012: Spooktacular: Ghostbusters I, II
  • Thursday, September 27, 2012: Trekkie Khaaan-athon: Star Trek II, VIII
  • Friday, September 28, 2012: Fabulous Friday: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
  • Saturday, September 29, 2012: Lebowski Bash Vancouver: The Big Lebowski
  • Sunday, September 30, 2012: Back to the Awesome Night: Back to the Future I, II, III

You may have these films on DVD, you might have them listed as favourites on NetFlix, and you might have caught them outdoors during a Stanley Park summer movie night. You know all the best quotes so what would be better than seeing these flicks in the theatre with hot buttered popcorn and fellow fans? Soundtracks will be blaring, you can show off during trivia time, win prizes, and enjoy themed snacks and drinks.

This festival’s concept will be new to Vancouver by way of Australia. The idea to open a Retro Cinema Fest in Vancouver came to former theatre usher Ronald Tucker, originally from Canada, while working at the Orpheum Picture Palace in Sydney Australia’s North Shore. Starting with the roll-out of the Sydney Retro Cinema, Ronald and his business partners knew immediately they were on to something brilliant. “One of my favourite past times is getting together with old friends to celebrate classic films,” says Tucker. “The aim of Vancouver Retro Cinema Fest is to get film lovers from all over the province to come together and celebrate these classic films in true retro style.”

Catch the double-headers, triple-headers, and theme nights for $20 and two special events for $25: The Lebowski Bash and the Priscilla Queen of the Desert Drag Contest.

Tickets are now available online and showtimes for each day are posted. You can purchase a full Vancouver Retro Cinema Fest pass for all screenings and events for $149. Follow the festival on Facebook and the Denman Cinemas on Twitter and the tag #VRCF on Twitter for more information. Denman Cinemas are located at 1779 Comox Street just off Denman in downtown Vancouver.

Update I have two pairs of tickets to give away to any of the Vancouver Retro Cinema Fest events. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment naming the themed event you would most like to attend at the festival (1 entry)
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RT to enter to win tickets to @VanRetroCinema at @DenmanCinemas from @Miss604 #VRCF

I will draw two winners, who will each get a pair of tickets to the event of their choice, on Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 12:00pm. Update The winner is Dani!

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  1. Alanna FeroMonday, September 17th, 2012 — 2:07pm PDT

    I would LOVE to be able to take my man to the Big Lebowski night – he is a huge fan, knows the movie almost word-for-word, wears the Lebowski t-shirts I have given him more than any other clothing and is such an awesome, giving person, I would love to surprise him. What can I say? The Dude Abides. 🙂

  2. RonMonday, September 17th, 2012 — 2:53pm PDT

    Fabulous Friday: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

    Just to be Fabulous! 🙂

  3. Jared BarberMonday, September 17th, 2012 — 3:20pm PDT

    As two kids growing up in the 80’s, the entire reason my friend and I got into the film industry is a direct result of Jim Henson’s films “The Dark Crystal” + “Labyrinth”. I’m a Skeksis-adorin Dark Crystal man and she’s a Jareth the goblin king (and crazy cod-piece-wearing) Bowie fan. We got in to late though, when digital work took the place of stellar practical artwork + puppets from Henson’s imaginative worlds, SO! the idea of going to the Tuesday, September 25 – I Heart 80’s – Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal retro-film extravaganza would be a true blast from the past for both of us and will have the bonus of us getting to freak out the locals at the theatre when we come dresses as our favs from the films. Btw, your retro-theater night here in VA is (as a buddy of mine says often)…..”SpecTACULAR”!

  4. RoxanneMonday, September 17th, 2012 — 3:20pm PDT

    I’d definitly pick Tarantino Night.

  5. Barbara-Lynn PollardMonday, September 17th, 2012 — 4:02pm PDT

    I would love to go to the Big Lebowski night. I have never seen this movie and when friends find out that I have not they are absolutely shocked so I would love to take it in and see what all the cool kids are talking about.

  6. DaneMonday, September 17th, 2012 — 4:21pm PDT

    You’re going to make me pick ONE?? EEK!!! I have two but being the 80’s geek that I am, I’ll have to go with “I Heart 80’s”. 🙂

  7. MikaelaMonday, September 17th, 2012 — 5:05pm PDT

    it really is an opening I can’t refuse! Wouldn’t miss a chance to see the Godfather I&II in theaters back-to-back

  8. Dama’in ChapmanMonday, September 17th, 2012 — 6:25pm PDT

    No question that *I Heart 80’s: Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal* has the greatest appeal as it was these films I remember with great joy watching with my mom, who has since passed away. Therefore the opportunity to see them BOTH in the same night, is just an added pip. One I wish my mom were still here to enjoy with me.

  9. Kat KozakMonday, September 17th, 2012 — 8:02pm PDT

    I Heart 80’s: Labyrinth & The Dark Crystal

  10. [email protected]Monday, September 17th, 2012 — 8:06pm PDT

    Back to the future..

    Michael J Fox
    I like that he comes home to Vancouver from time to time and has not forgotten that his roots are deep here..
    You can tell that he is made up of some good stuff..

    One of the first movies that my eldest girl remembers and still adores is back to the future..I would love to make my soon to be 20 year old smile..

  11. JamesMonday, September 17th, 2012 — 8:53pm PDT

    Godfather. Love these movies and always wished I had seen them in the theater.

  12. LindaMonday, September 17th, 2012 — 10:10pm PDT


  13. Andy C.Tuesday, September 18th, 2012 — 1:18am PDT

    Dude, the Big Lebowski is the Kingpin of bowling movies!

  14. BrennanTuesday, September 18th, 2012 — 8:29am PDT


  15. DaveTuesday, September 18th, 2012 — 10:47am PDT

    Lebowski Bash Vancouver!

  16. StotesTuesday, September 18th, 2012 — 10:57am PDT

    Back to the Future marathon!

  17. SanazTuesday, September 18th, 2012 — 11:59am PDT

    Fabulous Friday: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

  18. lindseyTuesday, September 18th, 2012 — 12:04pm PDT

    lebowski for sure

  19. Stephanie STuesday, September 18th, 2012 — 12:18pm PDT

    I would totally love the Lebowski Night!!

  20. NicholleTuesday, September 18th, 2012 — 7:50pm PDT

    Would love to go to opening night for the Godfather!

  21. Lelainia LloydTuesday, September 18th, 2012 — 8:49pm PDT

    Back to the Awesome night! My husband owns these movies and watches them obsessively. It’s become a rather bad joke.

  22. SonjaTuesday, September 18th, 2012 — 10:11pm PDT

    The Lebowski Bash, of course!

  23. Steve v.Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 — 6:56am PDT

    The Big Lebowski but only if Jesus will be there to share a White Russian with me.

  24. MaryWednesday, September 19th, 2012 — 12:21pm PDT

    •Tuesday, September 25, 2012: I Heart 80’s: Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal

  25. DaniWednesday, September 19th, 2012 — 1:07pm PDT

    The Khaaaan-athon! would definitely be my choice!

  26. PaulWednesday, September 19th, 2012 — 2:56pm PDT


  27. JustinWednesday, September 19th, 2012 — 6:45pm PDT

    Tarantino Night: Pulp Fiction, Inglorious Basterds would be my choice for sure. What an awesome double-whammy!!

  28. CleaWednesday, September 19th, 2012 — 8:28pm PDT

    Back to the future all the way!

  29. DaniMonday, September 24th, 2012 — 3:09pm PDT

    Thank you for the tickets! Woohoo!

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