Museum presents old time film festival

Series of six films Saturday, July 20th through Sunday, July 21st at museum

Submitted by Windermere District Historical Society

During preparation for some new displays at the Windermere Valley Museum – relating to both still and movie cameras and projectors that relied on film – research was undertaken to find more information on the early years here in the Valley.

Back in 1963 the Valley Echo stated that the Lake Windermere Players Club “by special arrangement with the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Toby Theatre” were bringing in some high quality movies – at that time already more than 22 years old – on 35mm film that could only be played at the Toby Theater.

In the mid 1930s to mid 1940s MGM was getting considerable recognition for excellent musical scoring and sound recording. The Lake Windermere Players rightly picked their selection from that time period. Even though they are now more than 78 years old, the museum decided to pick from the same time period. The present selection has some overlap with the Lake Windermere Players selection made 56 years ago, just showing that the people with acute discernment in the fine arts may still find satisfaction and pleasure in that decade of very fine movie making.

This ‘festival’ includes three movies on Saturday, July 20th, and three more on Sunday, July 21, at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., leaving time for your own picnic on the lawn, visiting all 11 of the museum’s buildings, and patrons perhaps stepping out to a local dinning establishment during the longer break before the evening film.

Patrons may just attend certain individual pictures if preferred. The museum where these movies will be presented is located in Invermere’s flagpole park. Admission is by donation. Seating is limited. Reserve ahead by phoning the museum 250-342-9769. If filled early a second showing may be arranged.

See show details on page 5 of this week’s Pioneer.

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