The Cinematheque has been a cultural institution in the city of Vancouver for decades, and the Cinematheque Program Guide Collection is the beginning of an effort to make all program guides available to researchers, artists, cinephiles, and Cinematheque lovers online. The Cinematheque was established by the Pacific Cinémathèque Pacifique Society in the 1970s in Vancouver and receives funding from the Canada Council for the Arts, British Columbia Arts Council, and the City of Vancouver. The print archive of program guides is currently available for reference in the Cinematheque’s Film Reference Library, but access to the library is available only by appointment.
This collection, which starts with the earliest program guides published in 1972 and works forward chronologically to the end of 1975, gives a record of the history of the Cinematheque and Vancouver's arts and film scene in the 1970s. Many of these programs are the last existing copies, and offers the general public a chance to experience and interact with these rare and one-of-a-kind materials.
Currently, Cinematheque program guides are distributed bi-monthly and include the program schedule as well as descriptions of the films; current issues of the guide are now distributed digitally as well as in print. To browse the current Cinematheque program guide, go to: http://www.thecinematheque.ca/resources/program-guide
Header image adapted from the September 1975 Cinematheque Program Guide.