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. 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.
Pacific Cinémathèque Program Guide
Pacific Cinémathèque publishes a free bi-monthly program guide featuring notes and showtimes for curated film programming and events.
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.
Film Reference Library
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
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, Film Comment
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, Sight & Sound
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, Cahiers du cinéma
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, Reel West
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; 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.
West Coast Film Archive
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.
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.