The Cinematheque at 50

Well, how about that? In August, the month of our incorporation, our fine film institute turns 50. To mark the milestone—or, ahem, golden jubilee—The Cinematheque is serving up a cornucopia of specialty programming and events, not to mention a return to printed matter (hear, hear!) and an anniversary essay written by award-winning culture critic Dorothy Woodend.

Our annual film noir season, an indispensable summer staple, will be the cornerstone of the month-long hurrah. Besides regular screenings of our nasty new lineup, there’ll be a one-dollar matinée of noir paragon The Big Sleep (last seen on our screen in 2016), a noir-themed filmmaking workshop with our Learning & Outreach team, and a cork-popping 50th Anniversary Film Noir Party at Performance Works on Granville Island. Plus: a Thursday-night series guest programmed by former Cinematheque curators; an Image Before Us” salute to Cinematheque founding director Kirk Tougas; and birthday-bash editions of our monthly series, including free films from Film Club and Frames of Mind (itself celebrating 20 years) and a quartet of projector performances courtesy of DIM Cinema. Huzzah!

As we ring in a half-century of The Cinematheque, we want to extend our deepest gratitude to all those who have supported us over the (many) years. Our longevity is a testament to your ongoing appreciation of what it is we truly love and feel fortunate to do—be it curating films for our screen or yours, creating the next wave of auteurs through movie-making camps, teaching youth to think critically about media culture, or publishing resources to stoke the fire of cinephilia. Thank you for making The Cinematheque part of your life. It means the world to us.

Kate Ladyshewsky, Executive Director
Shaun Inouye, Artist Director