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  • Murdoch Mysteries Season 1 DVD cover, Image courtesy of Syndetics, 2016

Laura, Queen's Square | July 2, 2014

Cambridge Ontario has amazing ties to the world of motion pictures.

Back in 1916 -- at the dawn of the movie era -- brothers Len and Charlie Roos founded United Films of Galt and made the first Canadian WWI film. Self Defence used staged and newsreel footage to imagine the invasion of Canada by Germans. It was called “vital and vivid” and a “wonderful success”. Check out more Canadian movie history.

A few decades later, former Galt Collegiate Institute classmates Graeme Ferguson, Robert Kerr and William Shaw dreamed up the IMAX camera and projector system. First used to show Tiger Child as part of Canada’s pavilion at Expo 70 in Osaka Japan, this giant-screen technology has only grown in popularity around the world.

Now, it’s not uncommon to find a camera crew taking over a street in Cambridge. Many TV shows have used the city’s unique look as their set, most notably Maureen JenningsMurdoch Mysteries and Kelley Armstrong’s Bitten. Hollywood hits including John Q, the In-Laws, Cold Creek Manor, and Mama also showcase the sights of this town.

Want to spot your neighbourhood on the screen? Just grab your membership card and check out a filmed in Cambridge movie from Idea Exchange.