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October 2013
I’d Like To Thank The Academy...

by Derek Martin

On September 28, 1993, City Cinema screened its first movie for the public, Strictly Ballroom. Fast-forward some 1, 700 movies and it’s our 20th anniversary! Check our listings for some special events. We’ll be reprising Food & Film with the appropriately named Haute Cuisine—see the movie, then enjoy a meal based on the film. For some fun around Halloween we’ll have The Movie Repairmen fix Ato

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October 2013
Top of the Lists
Derek Martin researches the City Cinema archives

by Derek Martin

Our Top 20 Films by Attendance

I love documentaries but they drive me crazy—they are the most unpredictable genre to program. The hugely entertaining Academy Award winner Man On Wire was one of the most acclaimed films of its year. It is still the second-highest rated film (of any type) on Rotten Tomatoes. Yet it ranks 1,446 on our list—we c

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June 2013
Stay with the Program
by Derek Martin

City Cinema

Congratulations to The Buzz on 20 years of terrific coverage of Arts & Culture on P.E.I.! I’m usually too busy planning future programmes to spend much time looking back, but anniversaries inevitably inspire a trip to the memory bank.

I’ve written here before about being a fan of Peter’s Sunday Cinema, volunteering at his offshoot Off The Wall Video, and our startup of

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August 2012
Farewell to Film
Farewell to Film
City Cinema undergoes transformation to digital projection

by Derek Martin

As many of you have read here, City Cinema is undergoing a dual transformation—from a private company to a community-owned non-profit, and from running 35mm film to a 2K digital projection system. The changes won’t make much difference for the average trip to the movies, but digital projection will have some advantages, and the

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April 2012
City Cinema Evolves
The Charlottetown Film Society incorporated to run cinema

by Derek Martin

It doesn’t seem that long since City Cinema opened in September 1993, but we have customers now whose parents started dating there! It has been a terrific adventure so far—on top of the over 1,600 films we’ve shown in our regular schedule we have done hundreds of screenings for non-profit and private groups, hosted film festivals and f

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December 2007
What’s on the Menu?
What’s on the Menu?
A report from the Toronto International Film Festival

by Derek Martin

This year there were 349 films at that great movie buffet, The Toronto International Film Festival. I got my guide, about the size of the PEI phone book, a couple of days before leaving, and drew up a want-to-see list of about 60. I managed 31, less than ten percent of the menu, but still a tasty sampling. Here are some notes on

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November 2006
Moving Experiences
Moving Experiences
City Cinema owner reports on the Toronto International Film Festival

by Derek Martin

I imagine a minister would need, from time to time, to get away from his responsibilities and re-experience the pleasures of simply taking in a service in a church not his own. That's how I felt on my break from City Cinema to attend this year's Toronto International Film Festival in September. I saw 25 movies in

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January 2000
Millennial Hoopla
The owner of Charlottetown's City Cinema shares his insights

by Derek Martin

While I'm more than happy to have made it to the odometer rollover that is New Year's 2000, I think I share the feeling of a lot of people that it is not as significant as media and advertisers would have us believe. History as taught in high school would be a lot easier if important events stuck to round numbered years,

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November 1996
Chairman of the Board
Chairman of the Board
Profile: Scott Purdy

by Derek Martin

Scott Purdy's name is one that you'll see if you stay for the credits at the movies, As a re-recording mixer, he's one of the last people to work on a film before it gets printed and handed over to the theatre. He's just received his second Genie nomination, for his work on Lilies (the first was for Johnny Mnemonic). I had called him last winter for some sound

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Some of What's Going On

Island Fringe Festival

…and more in early August Aug 6, 7–10
various Charlottetown venues The third annual Island Frin ...

The Immigrant

Aug 11–17
City Cinema 14A, coarse language, nudity, violence
Dir: James Gray, US, 2014, 120 min. Ma ...

Billy Bragg

Sept 24
PEI Brewing Company Grammy-nominated Billy Bragg brings his mix of music and politics to Cha ...

at Trailside Café

Aug 5 & 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15… Trailside Cafe and Inn in Mount Stewart offers intimate eve ...

Old Home Week: The Sounds of The Island

Aug 7–16
Charlottetown Exhibition Grounds Aug 7: Kelly Mooney, Amy & Rachel Beck, Cynthia MacL ...

Some of What's New

Starling

Emma Doucette Emma Doucette will launch her debut CD, Starling, in August at the Pourhouse in Charl ...

Story at The Guild

New production by David Weale and Colin Buchanan Island author and storyteller David Weale and East ...

Island Roots

Clilfton United marks grave of Joey Smallwood’s ancestors As Prince Edward Island celebrates the ...

Morgan’s Boat Ride

Hugh MacDonald
Art by Anna Bald Morgan’s Boat Ride, a children’s book by Hugh MacDonald with art ...

Funding for The Guild

Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (A ...