A reader writes with a question that I couldn’t answer:
I am trying to confirm that Robert Altman’s film “That Cold Day in
the Park” is, in fact, the first “official” studio film to be shot in
(or around) Vancouver? Any insight?
I got curious, so I called the BC Film Commission. They’re going to get back to me on Monday. If I was so inclined (and I might be), the answer to this question could probably make a nice feature for the Vancouver Sun or Vancouver magazine.
UPDATE: I heard back from the BC Film Commission:
Our best guess – and it isn’t official – is Cold day in the Park (1969) – Republic Pictures – Robert Altman, Sandy Dennis.
As I recall, this is the one you suspected.
Five easy pieces was also filmed here in 1969 – We’re not sure which one was first. We didn’t exist back then!