By David F. Rooney
Waaaay back in the day — 1936 to be exact — Revelstoke made its debut on the silver screen as the set for Silent Barriers. Other films have been made here, of course, but that was the first and, ideally, others will be made here in the future.
The Silent Barrier (click here to see what the IMDB website has to say about it) was a British film, produced by Gaumont, and hired many local people as extras. Parts of the film, which was released in 1937, were shot in Mount Revelstoke National Park. Other scenes were shot on Campbell Avenue and elsewhere in town.
Now the Revelstoke Museum & Archives is re-showing the film in an outdoor screening in its Heritage Garden on Saturday, August 27. The doors open at 8 pm and the film starts promptly at 8:30. $10 gets you admission plus a bevy and munchies as well as a brief presentation about the making of the film.
The museum possesses a number of still photographs of its making taken by Earle Dickey. Here are two images from the museum’s collection: