From the Archives: “Kincinema” presents!

The Musée Héritage Museum contains the records of the Kinsmen Club of St. Albert since its formation in 1964 up to the early 2000s. Currently, we are processing these records to make them available for research and reference.

The Kinsmen Club of St. Albert has been an important part of building St. Albert’s community, including organizing the annual Rainmaker Rodeo, starting the St. Albert Minor Hockey association, and many other fundraising and service projects.

Kincinema was one early community initiative the Kinsmen organized at a time when there was no movie theatre in St. Albert. Partnering with the library and school board, the Kinsmen showed movies for children and families on Saturdays.

To operate the motion picture machines, the Kinsmen were required to obtain a Narrow Gauge License every year from the Government of Alberta, Amusement Branch, Theatre Inspector’s Office. This license authorized them to operate the machines using film not exceeding 16 mm in width.

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In 1970, Kincinema movies were shown at Father Jan School from 2-4 PM and admission was 30 cents. The Kinsmen rented film reels from Canfilm Screen Service Ltd.