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The Projection Project has had articles published in the Vancouver Sun and the Vernon Morning Star, and you can read them here. Please also find content exclusive to this website, including a look at Salmon Arm’s independent cinema by guest columnist Wayne Emde. Stand by – more articles coming soon!

A Look at the Oliver Theatre

A Look at the Oliver Theatre By Curtis Emde Photography by Silmara Emde Alex Gough grew up in Kimberley, British Columbia, where he swept up spilt popcorn at the local cinema after audiences filed out every evening. Before long, he was apprenticing in the little room above the auditorium...

The Penmar Theatre: down to the wire

In May of this year, The Projection Project spent two days at the southern tip of Okanagan Lake, in Sunny Penticton, gathering material for our upcoming documentary Out of the Interior: Survival of the  Small-town Cinema in British Columbia. We were there to look into the history of the city’s legendary downtown...

Community & commitment at Sidney’s Star Cinema

Dozens of excited, laughing children were streaming out of the first auditorium of Sidney’s Star Cinema when the Projection Project arrived on a chilly and drizzly afternoon in the summer of 2015. The kids had just seen the popular animated feature Minions. In just over an hour, the doors...

A conversation with Dwain Wacko, owner and operator of Jasper’s Chaba Theatre

On a road trip through the Canadian Rockies in the autumn of 2013, I came across this charming-looking cinema in the town of Jasper, Alberta. I wanted to explore it, but was in town just for the night. And since my trip wasn’t connected to the Projection Project and no previous contact had been made,...

Movies, Pizza & Beer in Portland, Oregon

Kennedy School Theatre - Portland, OR
An alarming number of Vancouver movie theatres have closed in the last couple of years. By the end of 2012, the Denman, the Granville 7 and the Van East on Commercial Drive had all been locked up. Burnaby’s Dolphin Theatres and Cloverdale’s Clova Cinema will both be closed before...

The Imagery & Lexis of Film

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The digital revolution in movie exhibition is complete. After years of hints and warnings, the major Hollywood studios are no longer striking prints of their latest releases. Instead, most new movies are being distributed to cinemas on hard drives, which are read and played by sleek, expensive DCP (Digital...

Smartphone Road Trip

Gem Theatre, Grand Forks, BC
At the end of February, we took a road trip through British Columbia’s spectacular Okanagan Valley and Kootenay regions. While Nelson’s Civic Theatre was a destination (we had an interview lined up there), we were primarily working on a couple of other photography projects not related to the Projection...

The Clova Cinema’s Final Reel

Clova Cinema
The Clova Cinema is the latest in a long line of Lower Mainland movie theatres forced to shut its doors after entertaining locals for decades. A jewel of Surrey’s charming Cloverdale Main Street since in 1947, the Clova has been featured in several television shows and movies over the...

The Projectionist – Book review

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Kendall Messick’s The Projectionist is a beautiful collection of images that explores the inner life of Gordon Brinckle, his childhood neighbour. The quiet and unassuming Brinckle was a retired cinema projectionist who built a lavish theatre in the basement of his home, calling it the Shalimar – “Delaware’s Theatre...

The Projection Project exhibition in Vernon, BC

Silmara Albi - photo by Ester Bueno
Remembering the ‘reel’ days of movie houses Published: June 07, Vernon Morning Star. http://www.vernonmorningstar.com/entertainment/210459011.html Silmara Albi likes to think of herself as a visual artist. Brazilian-born and raised, she now lives in Vancouver with her Canadian husband. “I miss a lot of things about Brazil, of course, but I...