H2019.10.6 - Kempy From London Poster, 1927

Catalogue Number
H2019.10.6
Object Name
Poster
Object Type
theatre
Origin Country
Canada
Origin Province / Territory
British Columbia
Origin Municipality
Vancouver
Use Country
Canada
Use Province / Territory
British Columbia
Use Municipality
Vancouver
Dates/Period
1920s
Date
1927 to
Artifact History

Kempy From London is a stage play that ran at the Empress Theatre in Vancouver in 1927 and featured the Monte Carter Players.

The Empress Theatre was built in 1908. It was well known for the size of its stage, but was demolished in 1940.

1 of 17 posters in this accession found beneath the floorboards during the restoration of the Blue Cabin (2017), former cabin of artists Al Neil and Carole Itter. It is believed that the cabin was built by a Norwegian man on a dock in Coal Harbour. It was brought over to Dollarton Mud Flats where it stayed until 2015, when it was removed to make way for a development by Polygon Homes. The cabin was once one of numerous shacks found in pockets around the Metro Vancouver foreshore. In North Vancouver, the Blue Cabin was a part of a community of outsiders living in Maplewood Flats from the 1950s through the 1970s that included novelist Malcolm Lowry, poet Dorothy Livesay, and Greenpeace founder Paul Spong. Today, a number of arts organizations are working together to turn the Blue Cabin into a floating artist’s residency.

Manufacturer
Timms Show Print Service
Associated Vancouver Neighbourhood

downtown

Supporting Documentation Contents

The Blue Cabin Exhibition publication by the grunt gallery;
Blue Cabin Restoration Uncovers Entertainment Snapshot of Old Vancouver article by the Vancouver Sun;
grunt gallery email correspondence

Physical Description
rectangular; portrait orientation; top features Empress Theatre logo; under logo displays telephone numbers and showing dates of play; center in large block letters: "The Monte Carter Players Present Kempy From London: Season's Biggest Comedy"; bottom displays information regarding matinees, prices and seats
Material
paper
Colour
brown, red, black
Parts
Artifact Part Height (cm) Length (cm) Width (cm) Depth (cm) Diameter (cm) Thickness (cm) Weight
56.3 35.7
Technique
printed
Subject

Entertainment

Found in floor

Nomenclature
Department
History
Source
Grunt Gallery