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Russ Gourluck -- Book Launch

Sunday Oct 28 2012 2:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium

Launch of Silver Screens on the Prairie: An Illustrated History of Motion Picture Theatres in Manitoba (Great Plains Publications).

For more than a century, Manitobans have gathered in theatres across the province to thrill to the magic of motion pictures. In larger centres, movie houses ranged from luxurious “picture palaces” to convenient neighbourhood cinemas. Most towns and villages, some with only a few hundred residents, had their own theatres or commandeered community halls that beckoned farm families to town on Saturday evenings. Beginning in the 1950s, drive-in theatres dotted the prairie and provided steamy-windowed memories that have outlived the sometimes-precarious screens. This book is a tribute to those theatres and what they have meant to generations of Manitobans.

After a 33-year career as a teacher and principal in Manitoba’s public school system, Russ Gourluck is now pursuing his lifelong interest in writing. He is the author of Canadian bestsellers The Mosaic Village: An Illustrated History of Winnipeg’s North End, A Store Like No Other: Eaton’s of Winnipeg and Going Downtown: A History of Winnipeg’s Portage Avenue as well as Picturing Manitoba: Legacies of The Winnipeg Tribune.