The first public screening of a film in Canada took place on June 28, 1896, in Montréal. In July, Andrew and George Holland of Ottawa, who 2 years earlier had opened the world’s first Kinetoscope parlour in New York City featuring Thomas Edison’s latest invention, introduced Edison’s Vitascope to the Canadian public in Ottawa’s West End Park. Among the scenes shown was The Kiss, starring May Irwin, a Broadway actress from Whitby, Ont. On August 31 the first screening in Toronto took place at Robinson’s Musée on Yonge Street. The first screening in Vancouver was in December 1898.

More on Canadian film history click here

For a rating of Canada’s Ten Best History Films click here

This spring we preview “Canada A People’s History”

Film Summary click here

Day: Monday

Time:1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Fee: Members $7/ Non members $10

Location: Carrington House, 32700- 7th Avenue, Mission


  • Jan. 21, 2013     “The Great Enterprise”
  • Feb. 18, 2013    “From to Sea to Sea”
  • Mar. 25, 2013    “Taking the West” 
  • Apr. 22, 2013    “The Great Transformation”* cancelled*
  • May 27, 2013    “Ordeal by Fire”*cancelled*