Pacific Cinémathèque

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Pacific Cinémathèque

Pacific Cinémathèque is a not-for-profit Canadian film society and centre established in 1972. The mandate of the organization is to further the understanding of film and moving images in both Canadian and international contexts, foster critical media literacy, and advance cinema as art and a vital means of communication.

Pacific Cinémathèque is located at 1131 Howe Street in Vancouver, BC, where it operates a 194-seat cinema with film programming throughout the year, maintains the Film Reference Library and West Coast Film Archive, and offers unique educational programs.



Pacific Cinémathèque presents more than 500 curated film exhibitions annually including director and national retrospectives, exclusive first runs, documentary and independent films.[1] It also has a well-established reputation as a festival venue, as host to the Vancouver International Film Festival, Latin American Film Festival and other festivals.[2][3] They also feature biannual Studio Ghibli retrospectives.[4]

Pacific Cinémathèque Program Guide[edit]

Pacific Cinémathèque publishes a free bi-monthly program guide featuring notes and showtimes for curated film programming and events.

Education Department[edit]

Pacific Cinémathèque's Education Department offers a range of education initiatives, in particular to support the teaching of film and media studies in schools, including producing a series of 25 study guides for educators. Each summer, the organization's Summer Visions Film Institute holds three sessions of two-week filmmaking camps for youth aged 14–19.[5]

Film Reference Library[edit]

The library at Pacific Cinémathèque holds more than 2,400 books organized by Director, Actor, Theory, History, Genre, Aesthetics, Criticism and other categories; more than 150 different periodical collections, including CinemaScope, Film Comment, Sight & Sound, Cahiers du cinéma, Reel West and Variety; and more than 7,500 film stills, sorted by director and film. In addition the library collections include film-related encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs, and catalogues. International film festival brochures as well as the archive of all the program guides of the Cinémathèque since 1973, are also part of the library holdings.[6] In 2012, an online archive was compiled for the Cinémathèque's 40th anniversary and includes highlights from historical programming and special guests.[7]

West Coast Film Archive[edit]

Pacific Cinematheque's West Coast Film Archive has an extensive selection of 16mm and 35mm prints. The collection primarily consists of independent filmmaking from Western Canada and National Film Board of Canada films.[8]

Other Activities[edit]

Pacific Cinémathèque produces a Monograph Series on Western Canadian media artists: featuring a wide range of film-, video- and media-makers that have made significant contributions to either defining, expanding, or subverting the boundaries of Western Canadian cinema.[9][10]


  1. ^ "About Pacific Cinémathèque". Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  2. ^ "Vancouver International Film Festival". Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  3. ^ "About Us | Vancouver Latin American Film Festival". Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  4. ^ "Castles in the Sky: The Return of Studio Ghibli". Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
  5. ^ "Summer Visions 2010". Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  6. ^ "Film Reference Library | Pacific Cinémathèque". Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  7. ^ "Pacific Cinémathèque Celebrating 40 Years of Essential Cinema". Pacific Cinémathèque. Retrieved 2012-10-09. 
  8. ^ "West Coast Film Archives | Pacific Cinémathèque". Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  9. ^ "Wild at Heart: The Films of Nettie Wild". Anvil Press. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  10. ^ "Loop, Print, Fade + Flicker: David Rimmer's Moving Images". Anvil Press. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 

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