Documentary looks at movie houses of Winnipeg’s past

What: Going: Remembering Winnipeg Film Theatres

The place: Eric Martin Pavilion Theatre, 1900 block Fort avenue

When: Monday, 6:30 p.m.

Admission: By donation

Information: 250-595-FLIC


You needn’t be a Winnipegger to understand Film Monday’s newest characteristic presentation, though it may actually improve the expertise.

Followers of traditional film palaces and bygone freestanding theatres of any form, anyplace are as prone to be concerned with Going: Remembering Winnipeg Film Theatres, Kenneth George Godwin’s cinephile-friendly documentary.

Godwin, a veteran movie editor and longtime film buff from England who moved to Manitoba from Newfoundland within the Seventies, directed the nostalgic documentary that affectionately journeys again in time to supply a historic overview of town’s moviegoing tradition.

The movie-mad filmmaker’s valentine flashes again to moviegoing’s heyday in Winnipeg within the Nineteen Thirties and Nineteen Forties when cinemas comparable to The Uptown and The Bijou proliferated and extra modest neighbourhood film homes as soon as even gave away dinnerware to lure feminine patrons within the Seventies and past many became grind homes as residence video arrived or had been changed by multiplexes.

The movie’s title has a double-meaning, reflecting each the expertise of going to the flicks earlier than most cinemas grew to become big-box venues, and the disappearance of single-screen theatres.

Godwin intercuts archival materials with interviews with two dozen Winnipeggers, from movie-lovers fondly reminiscing to the youngsters of the proprietor of the previous Uptown, the glamorous 1,700-seat film palace that was gutted in 1960 and became the Academy Lanes bowling alley.

Film Monday founder and programmer Bruce Saunders is encouraging anybody who needs it to carry alongside a few of their very own fond movie-watching experiences to share.

“One of mine is the culture shock of walking out of a tiny theatre to the sound of water lapping on the shore in the quaint village of Alert Bay after watching 2001: Space Odyssey,” he mentioned.

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