Film fans mourning the closure of Vancouver’s Videomatica can now access the legendary rental store’s collection from the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University libraries.
Now catalogued and available for borrowing, the unparalleled collection spans more than 35,000 titles, including feature films from more than 75 countries, documentaries, cult and art films, Canadian works and selections from the Vancouver International Film Festival.
Videomatica was a long-loved video rental store that opened in 1983 and specialized in rare and esoteric titles. The store was co-founded by Graham Peat and Brian Bosworth, former UBC students (in creative writing, and history and film, respectively).
We want to appreciate our Department of Theatre and Film faculty and staff who worked behind the scenes on the initial securing of this sensational collection.
Thanks go out to Professors Ernest Mathijs, Stephen Heatley and Jerry Wasserman as well as staff members Richard Payment, Gerald Vanderwoude and Brian McIlroy.
Also, a big nod to Jo Anne Newyear Ramirez from the library who was our major partner in this – and of course to Dean of Arts, Gage Averill.
Website for the Videomatica Collection.
Watch a 2012 video about the Videomatica collection.