‘Surrey On Screen’ opens at the Museum of Surrey

“Surrey On Screen” is currently on view at the Museum of Surrey. The exhibition features television and film productions that have filmed in Surrey over the years. Pictured are press passes from the TV series Smallville as well as Lois Lane’s ‘Reporting Rules’. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
Ethel, one of two massive spotlights in the Clova Theatre, is part of the new exhibition at the Museum of Surrey Ethel, one of the Clova Theatre’s two massive spotlights, is part of the Museum of Surrey’s new exhibition ‘Surrey On Screen’. Ethel is on loan from the Surrey Heritage Collection. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
Superman costume from the new Superman Lois series.  Warner Bros.  built a massive set on the Cloverdale Fairgrounds for the series.  (Photo: Malin Jordan)Superman costume from the new Superman Lois series. Warner Bros. built a massive set on the Cloverdale Fairgrounds for the series. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
Accessories from the iZombie TV series: a can of Max Rager energy drink, a human brain and signed pilot script pages, signed by Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Robert Buckley, Aly Michalka, David Anders and Rahul Kohli.  (Photo: Malin Jordan)Accessories from the iZombie TV series: a can of Max Rager energy drink, a human brain and signed pilot script pages, signed by Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Robert Buckley, Aly Michalka, David Anders and Rahul Kohli. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
Shooting scenario Signed “Carry On” set script from Supernatural – signed by Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles and Robert Singer. (Photo: Malin Jordan)

A brief history of film and television productions based in Surrey is now on display at the Museum of Surrey.

“Surrey On Screen” opened in the main hall on August 18.

The new exhibit features props, costumes, posters, photographs and other on-screen story elements for many productions filmed in the city over the years, including Cloverdale productions: Smallville, Supernatural , The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Superman and Lois, among others.

“With hundreds of movie days each year, thousands of creators, actors and technicians, filming in Surrey is an economic driver of British Columbia’s creative industry,” said Lynn Saffery, Director of museum, in a press release.

The exhibit isn’t exhaustive as it leaves out many great productions that were shot around Cloverdale, but it’s a small window into a larger industry. Noticeably absent is anything related to Peacemaker, James Gunn’s superhero spin-off megahit that was filmed in Cloverdale for the first half of 2021.

But there are some very interesting items, such as props from iZombie and a signed set script from Supernatural episode #1520 “Carry On.”

There’s also a small theater tucked into a corner where museum visitors can rest in retro theater seats to watch clips from productions filmed in Cloverdale and Surrey.

A “Wall of Fame” opens the exhibition while a hundred autographed photos of famous actors welcome visitors to the museum.

“This exhibit is a great way to learn about filming and share your experiences with others,” Saffery added.

This “sharing” aspect includes a wall where visitors can leave notes about how filming has impacted their lives over the years.

The exhibition is presented in conjunction with the City of Surrey Film Department and Warner Bros. Discovery. Warner Bros. donated many props for the exhibit, including a full Superman costume.

As well as set props and film memorabilia, the display also features artefacts from Surrey’s heritage collection, which includes a massive old cinema projector – nicknamed Ethel – from the Clova Theatre.

“It’s such a contemporary exhibit,” said Paul Orazietti, executive director of the Cloverdale BIA. “An exhibition based on locally shot productions is exciting. I think it’s one of the most exciting exhibits to ever open there.

Orazietti lent the museum some images which are included in the “Wall of Fame”.

He added that the exhibit offers a light break from life. He said that when you have “heavy subjects”, such as those that touch on the negative aspects of the story, it can be “sobering”.

“It’s a different kind of exposure,” he explained. “But this one is just pure fun. It has nothing to do with reality. It’s about entertainment and suspending your view of reality.

“So from that perspective, I think it’s great.”

The Museum of Surrey is located at 17710 56A Avenue in Cloverdale. The museum is open from 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Visit surrey.ca/museum for more information.


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