A fascinating look back at Peterborough's movie theatres

With the pandemic still keeping us away from cinemas, going to a movie once again will be that much more special.  Perhaps as memorable as some of those early movie experiences we had.

What theatre did you first see a movie in?   For me, it was the now-defunct Soper Theatre in Smiths Falls – – your typical small town theatre with deep red velvet curtains, sticky floors and the smell of buttery popcorn wafting over the odour of stale upholstery and carpets.  But yet, going there was a magical experience.

Robert Clarke is a movie historian with a passion for the social context of going to see a movie on the big screen.  He also has a special interest in the many buildings that created a magical atmosphere in which to experience movies – – including the Peterborough movie scene.

Robert’s extensive research on this topic can be found on the website, A Peterborough Movie-Going History.

Check out his talk on early movie-going and Peterborough’s theatres.  Fascinating!

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