Historic Vancouver Films Show for First Time

View of the 800 block Granville Street (Theatre Row) in 1967. Image courtesy of the City of Vancouver Archives.

Films from the City of Vancouver Archives’ holdings dating back to 1926 and digitized at high resolution will be shown on a big screen for the first time.

    When: Sunday, November 29 at 2 pm
    Where: Vancity Theatre
    1181 Seymour Street

Two of the films were found in a time capsule removed from the Sunset Memorial Centre before it was demolished: a newsreel of Bing Crosby's visit to Vancouver in 1948 to raise funds for the Sunset Memorial Centre, and a film showing the construction of the original centre in 1949. The time capsule was not opened until 2008.

Other rare footage includes home movies of Eric Hamber, former Lieutenant-Governor of BC; World War I flying ace Albert Earl Godfrey taking off in his plane from the Royal Canadian Air Force base at Jericho Beach in 1928; and things to do in Stanley Park in the 1930s and 1940s.

Screening will be accompanied by a live musical performance. Presentations will be made by local film producer/historian Rick Schmidlin (Touch of Evil, Greed ), Leslie Mobbs, City of Vancouver Archivist and Director, Records and Archives Division and Sue Bigelow, Digital Conservator with the City of Vancouver.

City Archives videos are available online at:

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