"A heart-warming film that focuses on the people, the real characters, who are keeping these theatres going."

- Tom Wayman, author of The Shadows We Mistake for Love and Helpless Angels



"...the visuals, music and interviews shed so much light on the history, and the cultural and social necessity, of these small-town cinemas."

- Jude Clarke, artist



"Gorgeous visuals...the tone is spot on."

- Hannah Calder, author of More House and Piranesi's Figures



"Out of the Interior makes me want to take a road trip to southern BC. It also makes me want to see a movie in each of the region's theatres!"

-Dave Riopel, dolly and crane operator, movie lover









Out of the Interior: Survival of the Small-town Cinema in British Columbia

A documentary by Curtis Emde & Silmara Emde

Out of the Interior: Survival of the Small-town Cinema in British Columbia is a full-length exploration of classic movie theatres in BC’s southern interior, from Vernon’s Towne Cinema to Creston's Tivioli; from Grand Forks’ GEM to Revelstoke's Roxy – and every stop along the way.


The filmmakers delve into the history of public film exhibition in our province, celebrate the communal moviegoing experience in the present – and offer a glimpse of the movie house’s future in the digital age.


The documentary is also a tribute to the hard-working men and women of the region who keep the popcorn hot and the movies flickering on our screens.


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Past screenings in BC
Autumn 2017


Oliver - The Oliver Theatre

Sunday, 17 September - 1:00 pm


Grand Forks - GEM Theatre

A Spotlight Films presentation
Tuesday, 19 September - 7:30 pm


Revelstoke - The Roxy Theatre

Thursday, 21 September - 7:00 pm


Nelson - The Nelson Civic Theatre

A Kinesis presentation
Sunday, 24 September

Program starts at 5:00 pm
Out of the Interior at 7:00 pm


Vancouver - VanCity Theatre/VIFF

Sunday, 24 September - 4:15 pm

Trail - The Royal Theatre

Monday, 25 September - 5:00 pm


Golden - The Golden Cinema

Sunday, 1 October - 4:00 pm


Vernon - The Towne Cinema

An Okanagan Screen Arts Society presentation

Monday, 2 October - 5:30 pm

Kelowna - Black Box Theatre

Kelowna Community Theatre
1375 Water St, Kelowna
Tuesday, 3 October - 7:00 pm


Summerland - Summerland Community Arts Centre

Thursday, 5 October - 7:00 pm