About The Cinematheque

"Going to The Cinematheque is the closest thing to visiting Manhattan without leaving Vancouver .... Its program is as innovative and entertaining as any you'll find in New York."

THE ESSENTIAL CINEMA EXPERIENCE | At The Cinematheque we're dedicated to bringing you what we like to think of as essential cinema. Whether new releases, classics or rarely-seen gems, these are movie experiences that stay with you long after you've left the theatre: movies that inspire you by their their craft and beauty; movies that really stir the emotions; movies that make you question your assumptions; movies that give you a genuine insight into the local, national and global communities to which we belong.

Supplementing our rich body of programming are core resources like our Film Reference LibraryWest Coast Film Archive, the bi-monthly Cinematheque Program Guide, and our unique educational programs. And as an integral part of the local film community, we frequently provide the only big-screen access to some of the very best work from filmmakers throughout the province.

So if you want to create, present, learn about, or simply enjoy essential cinema experiences, we look forward to welcoming you to The Cinematheque.

"For the true cinema lover who appreciates foreign and independent retrospectives, restorations, experimental films, and rare or obscure works, The Cinematheque is a necessity."

OUR HISTORY | Pacific Cinémathèque Pacifique was established as a film society four decades ago, and since that time has been one of the most active film organizations in North America, with more than 500 curated film exhibitions annually. We have offered filmlovers more international cinema, director retrospectives, contemporary and classic Canadian filmworks, emerging talents, arthouse masterpieces, and experimental shorts and features than any other theatre in the province.

We have also built a well-established reputation as a festival venue in Vancouver, as host to the Vancouver International Film Festival, DOXA Documentary Film Festival,
Latin American Film Festival, Out On Screen, and many others festivals each year.

"Cinémathèques now take on a job parallel to what museums do with painting and sculpture. They assemble, sort, analyze, and exhibit the culture of the world."

The Cinematheque gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the following agencies:


The Cinematheque acknowledges that Vancouver is located on the unceded lands of the Coast Salish peoples, including the traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations.