Thanks Pete Harris, you will be dearly missed! Edmonton’s Metro is so lucky to have you.

While I am sad to see the wonderful Pete Harris leaveing Calgary’s Plaza Theatre, I am also happy to see him taking up a once-in-a-lifetime dream job with Edmonton’s Metro Cinema.

On a personal level, I am biased (in a good way) as I think he picks great films to screen. Seriously, I will always treasure he and his programming team’s decision in picking my documentary “Long Hair Revolution” to be screened in the 2005 Calgary International Film Festival. The 2005 CIFF screening lead to the film’s later discovery and being added to the federal government permanent “Library and Archives Canada” collection in Ottawa in 2009.

Thanks Pete, all the best! Have a great time in Edmonton!

Here is an excerpt from Calgary Herald, “Harris says goodbye to Calgary’s Plaza theatre – Programmer, indie-film booster, leaves post for job in Edmonton” (emphasis added),

For five years he has been the city’s most recognizable advocate for left-of-the-dial cinema and a booster of local filmmakers and festivals.

But Pete Harris, the manager and programmer of the Plaza, is leaving Calgary’s oldest theatre to take on a new job in Edmonton.

The 51-year-old has accepted a position with Metro Cinema, Edmonton’s non-profit repertory film society. Metro will be moving into that city’s historic Garneau Theatre and be open for business in early August. “They headhunted me and it was truly one of those jobs you can’t turn down — a once-in-a-lifetime thing,” said Harris. “They came knocking and it was an interesting proposal.”

For the past five years, the burly and bearded Harris has been the face and spokesman of the Plaza with a decidedly hands-on approach to running the theatre. He could often be seen scurrying up and down the aisles in between screenings or introducing guests and filmmakers.

[…] But while he may downplay his departure, Calgary’s film-going and exhibiting community says he is leaving big shoes to fill.

“He was a one-man machine dedicated to the art of cinema in Calgary,” says Jacqueline Dupuis, executive director of the Calgary International Film Festival.

“We’ll definitely miss that verve he brought to the community.”

[HT Matt for the CH article]

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