Cinema

Feature Type:Locality - A named place or area, generally with a scattered population of 50 or less.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: NE of junction of Ahbau Creek and Cottonwood River, N of Quesnel, Cariboo Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 53°14'00''N, 122°27'00''W at the approximate population centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD27
NTS Map: 93G/1

Origin Notes and History:

Cinema (Post Office) adopted 9 May 1963 on 93G. Coordinates altered and form of name changed to Cinema (settlement) 18 April 1966 on 93G/1. Form of name changed to Cinema (locality) 16 August 1979, as advised by Cariboo Regional District planning dept.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

Cinema Post Office opened 1 February 1924, situated in NE 1/4 Lot 4598. Relocated 26 November 1958, to SE 1/4 Lot 8566. Closed 1 December 1964 "with little likelihood that it will re-open" (January 1966 advice from Quesnel Post Office)

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

Dr. Lloyd Champlain and his 'housekeeper' sold $800 worth of vegetables to PGE construction crews 1919-1920, and used the money to travel to Hollywood. Upon his return some years later, he named his property "Cinema" as a reminder of the California foray (1993 advice from Hixon Women's Institute).

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

Called "Cinema City" by Dr. Lloyd Champlain, senior partner of Freeto and Champlain, who thought it a suitable place for establishing a moving picture industry.

Source: Provincial Archives of BC "Place Names File" compiled 1945-1950 by A.G. Harvey from various sources, with subsequent additions