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Gritty City: Vancouver in the 60s Docs at the Hollywood Theatre

What a treat to visit the historic Hollywood to watch 2 short films from the CBC Film Archive that take a look back at the 60's. The films are followed by a Q&A. This is a special event project of the Vancouver Heritage Foundation.

West End ’66 (1966) a look at Vancouver’s first highrise neighbourhood. This documentary drives the audience around Vancouver's West End showcasing the growth and popularity of the area at the time, and examines the contrasting architecture and diverse lifestyles of its inhabitants. 28 minutes.

“It’s a ’60s classic, a deadpan send-up of the hype surrounding the West End and its inhabitants.” John Mackie, Vancouver Sun.

“The human filing system [the highrise] is the natural habitat of a new mid-century hybrid, the swinger,” states narrator Maurice Foisy.


A City Story: Vancouver (1967) A national CBC series produced to mark Canada's Centennial, each episode profiled a major city. Vancouver's episode featured Chinatown, the Lions Gate Bridge, the Vancouver Club and Granville Street. 28 minutes.

Gordon Price, Director of the City Program at SFU, will be leading the Q&A.

By Donation, at the door
Concession is also by donation.

Doors open at 7 pm. Movies begin at 7:30 pm.  





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  • Karen K

    Jonathan, Cherie, Anthony & everyone - glad you enjoyed it! What a great night out. I especially liked the 2nd film's unique approach to Vancouver's qualities(smell, textures, lines), and the script had some hilarious one-liners. I'm curious if anybody remembers any of them to quote here? :)

    February 27, 2013

  • Jonathan

    This was a really cool pair of films. Nice to meet everyone who went yesterday! I hope to attend more of these events.

    February 27, 2013

  • Cherie

    Having been a Westender for almost 21 years, it was lovely to see all the changes and yet is doesn't seem to have changed much at all...such a wonderful place to live.....thanks Karen for letting us know about this event.

    February 27, 2013

  • Anthony M.

    brings back a lot of old memories of growing up in Vancouver!

    February 26, 2013

  • Cherie

    I will also be arriving late, see you inside and thanks!

    February 26, 2013

  • Karen K

    See you tonight! In case you're curious, here's a link to the Vancouver Heritage Foundation - the organization hosting the Gritty City films. They have some other cool events as well:

    February 26, 2013

  • Sunnyday

    I"m a maybe at this point

    February 23, 2013

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