Past Forward: The Garneau Theatre at 75

The Garneau Theatre turns 75 this year and as its current guardians Metro Cinema wants to make sure we pay proper tribute while still honouring our Metro style. Past Forward: The Garneau Theatre at 75 is a 4 day extravaganza highlighting both 1940 and 2015, as well some signature Metro events. Come once or spend the weekend with us as we showcase all the style and history that the Garneau, and Metro Cinema, have to offer.

Metro Cinema Needs Your Garneau Story!

The Garneau Theatre, one of the city’s most familiar landmarks, is celebrating a big birthday this year and Metro Cinema wants to make sure that we capture what she means to Edmontonians. Metro Cinema is honoured to program this beautiful old theatre, and we are delighted to hear many stories from the patrons, staff and filmmakers of past years.

To pay tribute to what this building has meant to Edmontonians, we want your Garneau Theatre stories. Send them to us at, and we’ll send you an invite to Flash Bash, the centerpiece of our Past Forward celebrations. These stories will form a living and lasting legacy of the Garneau Theatre.

FILM ARTICLE: "Designed by Edmonton architect William Blakey, the Garneau Theatre was built in 1940, making it 75 years old this year!" - Where Edmonton

75th: What We Do in the Shadows

  • Sep 21 (2015) @ 9:30pm

Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav are vampires who are finding that modern life has them struggling with the mundane - like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming flatmate conflicts.

75th: The Great Dictator

  • Sep 21 (2015) @ 7pm

After dedicated service in the Great War, a Jewish barber (Charles Chaplin) spends years in an army hospital recovering from his wounds, unaware of the simultaneous rise of fascist dictator Adenoid Hynkel (also Chaplin) and his anti-Semitic policies. 

75th: It Follows

  • Sep 20 (2015) @ 9:15pm

For 19-year-old Jay, fall should be about school, boys and weekends out at the lake. But after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, she finds herself plagued by strange visions and the inescapable sense that someone, or something, is following her.

75th: The Usual Suspects

  • Sep 20 (2015) @ 7pm

Kint attempts to convince the feds that the mythic crime lord not only exists, but is also responsible for drawing Kint and his four partners into a multi-million dollar heist that ended with an explosion in San Pedro Harbor - leaving few survivors.

RFC: The Thief of Baghdad

  • Sep 20 (2015) @ 2pm

Deceived and deposed by his sinister adviser, Jaffar (Conrad Veidt), Ahmad (John Justin), the King of Baghdad, must find a way to reclaim his throne.

75th: Garneau Theatre Ghost Tour

  • Sep 20 (2015) @ 12pm
  • Sep 20 (2015) @ 4:30pm

The Garneau Theatre has spent 75 years sharing thousands of extraordinary stories. Now, here’s a unique chance to hear the building’s own storied past, delve the hidden recesses, and get a glimpse into the grand old theatre’s future.

75th: Flash Bash! Featuring Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe

  • Sep 19 (2015) @ 7pm

Happy Birthday Garneau! Join Metro Cinema for lighthearted tribute to 75 years of screen magic complete with sneak peaks into upcoming Metro programming.

75th: Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat-Cereal Cartoon Party!

  • Sep 19 (2015) @ 10am

Once more, Metro brings you this super-fun sugar-fuelled event, featuring an all new program of cartoons! 

Gateway: Cooties

  • Sep 18 (2015) @ 11:30pm
  • Sep 23 (2015) @ 7pm
  • Sep 28 (2015) @ 9:30pm

A mysterious virus hits an isolated elementary school, transforming the kids into a feral swarm of mass savages. An unlikely hero must lead a motley band of teachers in the fight of their lives.

75th: Amy

  • Sep 18 (2015) @ 9:15pm
  • Sep 22 (2015) @ 9:30pm
  • Sep 23 (2015) @ 9pm
  • Sep 27 (2015) @ 2pm
  • Sep 28 (2015) @ 7pm

From BAFTA award-winning director Asif Kapadia (SENNA), Amy tells the incredible story of six-time Grammy-winner Amy Winehouse – in her own words.

75th: The Philadelphia Story

  • Sep 18 (2015) @ 7pm

This classic romantic comedy focuses on Tracy lord (Katharine Hepburn), a Philadelphia socialite who has split from her husband, C.K. Dexter Haven (Cary Grant), due both to his drinking and to her overly demanding nature.

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