The Nitrate Picture Show

The Nitrate Picture Show A Festival of Film Conservation to showcase vintage 35mm nitrate prints at the historic @DrydenTheatre @EastmanMuseum, June 4-7, 2020.
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The Dryden Theatre at the George Eastman Museum is the home for this one-of-a-kind festival of film conservation. The 4th Nitrate Picture Show will be held May 4-6, 2018.

12/12/2019

Do you have your passes for The 6th Nitrate Picture Show?!

The Daily Telegraph has picked up that there will be ANOTHER nitrate booth in LA very soon!
12/12/2019
Movie treasures and the rise of Hollywood: inside LA's newest museum

The Daily Telegraph has picked up that there will be ANOTHER nitrate booth in LA very soon!

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has a glorious treasure trove of films, scripts, photos, home movies and memorabilia dating back to the early days of Hollywood, but never built a home for it — until now, and the creation of the first Academy Museum.

#TuesdayTrivia: The Dryden Theatre at the George Eastman Museum is one of only four cinemas in the United States where y...
12/10/2019
The Art of Film Projection: A Beginner's Guide

#TuesdayTrivia: The Dryden Theatre at the George Eastman Museum is one of only four cinemas in the United States where you can see nitrate film projected. Learn more about the "Art of Film Projection" in our new book!

A gorgeous gift for every cinephile, The Art of Film Projection celebrates this enduring analog artThe Art of Film Projection: A Beginner's Guide is a beautifully produced, comprehensive outline of the materials, equipment and knowledge needed to present the magic of cinema to an enthralled audie...

#NitrateTBT: Director Fritz Lang was born this day in 1890. The master of light and shadow directed some of our favorite...
12/05/2019

#NitrateTBT: Director Fritz Lang was born this day in 1890. The master of light and shadow directed some of our favorite films, including METROPOLIS (1927).

METROPOLIS (1927) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections

#TuesdayTrivia: The first films archived by the Library of Congress were “Edison Kinetoscopic Records” deposited in 1893...
11/26/2019

#TuesdayTrivia: The first films archived by the Library of Congress were “Edison Kinetoscopic Records” deposited in 1893 for copyright registration.

Kinetoscope Arcade, George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections.

#NitrateFanFriday: Are you a proud nitrate nerd? Share your favorite nitrate memories and images with us for a chance to...
11/22/2019

#NitrateFanFriday: Are you a proud nitrate nerd? Share your favorite nitrate memories and images with us for a chance to be featured!

#NitrateTBT: The first Nitrate Picture Show in 2015 kicked off with a screening of William Wellman's A STAR IS BORN (193...
11/21/2019

#NitrateTBT: The first Nitrate Picture Show in 2015 kicked off with a screening of William Wellman's A STAR IS BORN (1937). The 1946 re-release print was introduced by William Wellman, Jr.!

11/18/2019

Last chance! Get to the Egyptian Theatre at 7:30 tonight for a nitrate print of NIGHTMARE ALLEY! 1947 was the absolute peak of film noir, including this Tyrone Power stunner which is going to be remade by Guillermo Del Toro. Tell everyone you saw the ORIGINAL original!

11/17/2019

Today at the Egyptian Theatre: NPS 2 alum LAURA and NPS 5 star NIGHTMARE ALLEY screen in a wonderful Nitrate Noir double feature! Introductions by Academy archivist Mike Pogorzelski and Oscar-winning writer/director Alexander Payne!

Did you miss the 2019 Nitrate Picture Show? Tonight in Los Angeles catch NIGHTMARE ALLEY (1947) at the Egyptian Theatre....
11/17/2019
NIGHTMARE ALLEY | American Cinematheque

Did you miss the 2019 Nitrate Picture Show? Tonight in Los Angeles catch NIGHTMARE ALLEY (1947) at the Egyptian Theatre. This print from UCLA brought noir to our silver screen.

The new book The Art of Film Projection: A Beginner's Guide will be available for purchase in the lobby from Larry Edmunds Bookshop.

Tonight was a great experience. I got to talk to Mr. Nolan a bit before the screening, when I told him that he provided ...
11/17/2019

Tonight was a great experience. I got to talk to Mr. Nolan a bit before the screening, when I told him that he provided the best (communal) cinematic experience for my family when we saw DUNKIRK in 70mm at the Music Box. So if I could in my own small way repay the debt for his family, I was happy to. Full house of oliver 600 people got to see our beautiful print of REBECCA, and hopefully they're all ready for more in June!

Tonight! REBECCA on 35mm nitrate from @EastmanMuseum at The Egyptian Theatre! Introductions by Christopher Nolan and @re...
11/17/2019

Tonight! REBECCA on 35mm nitrate from @EastmanMuseum at The Egyptian Theatre! Introductions by Christopher Nolan and @reeljaredcase. Brought to you by @SidGrauman and The Nitrate Picture Show!

Nitrate obsession? Tonight at the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles catch the George Eastman Museum's print of REBECCA (19...
11/16/2019
REBECCA | American Cinematheque

Nitrate obsession? Tonight at the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles catch the George Eastman Museum's print of REBECCA (1940) introduced by NPS co-director Jared Case! This Hitchcock classic was a favorite at the 2019 Nitrate Picture Show.

The new book The Art of Film Projection: A Beginner's Guide will be available for purchase in the lobby from Larry Edmunds Bookshop.

Craving nitrate? Tonight at the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles catch the George Eastman Museum's nitrate print of GONE ...
11/15/2019
GONE TO EARTH | American Cinematheque

Craving nitrate? Tonight at the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles catch the George Eastman Museum's nitrate print of GONE TO EARTH (1950) introduced by Nitrate Picture Show co-director Jared Case! This Powell and Pressberger great was our 2019 Blind Date with Nitrate.

One of Powell and Pressburger’s most gloriously mystical films, GONE TO EARTH stars the enchanting Jennifer Jones as an orphaned country girl, who lives surrounded by magic, superstition and wild forest animals. David Farrar (BLACK NARCISSUS) costars as the aristocratic squire who finds himself be...

My home for the next few days... and tonight's feature...
11/15/2019

My home for the next few days... and tonight's feature...

This weekend in Los Angeles, catch Nitrate Nights at the Egyptian Theatre!  Three films from the 2019 Nitrate Picture Sh...
11/14/2019
NITRATE NIGHTS 2019 | American Cinematheque

This weekend in Los Angeles, catch Nitrate Nights at the Egyptian Theatre! Three films from the 2019 Nitrate Picture Show will be screened, including two from our own collection introduced by NPS co-director Jared Case.

Film is cool. Nitrate is hot. The Nitrate Picture Show, staged by the George Eastman Museum in New York, is the leading annual festival dedicated to the venerable format. Initially manufactured by Eastman Kodak in the 1880s, nitrate film was the first material that was flexible, strong and transpare...

#TuesdayTrivia: Nitrocellulose was invented in France in 1846 as guncotton, where its first experimental uses were as a ...
11/12/2019

#TuesdayTrivia: Nitrocellulose was invented in France in 1846 as guncotton, where its first experimental uses were as a military explosive and flexible bandages. In 1889, the Eastman Company became the first commercial supplier of celluloid-backed roll film.

A tragedy in Thailand. We send our best wishes to Chalida and her staff at a difficult time...
10/01/2019
Historic films possibly lost in fire at Thai Film Archive

A tragedy in Thailand. We send our best wishes to Chalida and her staff at a difficult time...

A number of historic films were destroyed when a fire last night ravaged the national film archive Archivists were still determining how many films were destroyed by the blaze inside the shipping containers housing the Thai Film Archive’s...

09/23/2019
George Eastman Museum receives $340,615 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities | George Eastman Museum

We are excited to share that we've received a grant award of $340,615 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Division of Preservation and Access, Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections to support the creation of a reliable and safe environment for the museum’s renowned and fragile collection of 35mm nitrate-based film!

Rochester, N.Y., September 20, 2019—The George Eastman Museum has received a grant award of $340,615 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Division of Preservation and Access, Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections program for its Protecting Nitrate Film Heritage project. Grant f...

More about the South Carolina Fox Movietone collection...
09/11/2019
100 years of the newsreel

More about the South Carolina Fox Movietone collection...

Fox introduced theater audiences to its version of the newsreel in 1919. 100 years later, the University of South Carolina’s extensive collection of these newsreels is helping researchers better understand life from the end of World War I through D-Day.

Swiss Cinematheque gets new facility! They provided us with an animated short in 2016. Hopefully they will have more tre...
09/09/2019
Swiss Film Archive inaugurates research centre

Swiss Cinematheque gets new facility! They provided us with an animated short in 2016. Hopefully they will have more treasures to produce!

The Swiss National Film Archives has inaugurated a modern new research and archive centre at Penthaz in western Switzerland.

Another great review on the Nitrate Picture Show by Cinematary!  Check it out!https://bit.ly/2ECqTFA
05/28/2019
2019 Nitrate Picture Show

Another great review on the Nitrate Picture Show by Cinematary! Check it out!
https://bit.ly/2ECqTFA

Festival Coverage by Lydia Creech and Miranda Barnewall For three days in May, the 5th annual Nitrate Picture Show , the world’s first festival of film conservation, screened 9 shorts and 9 features at the Dryden Theater at the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, NY, all from nitrate film prints

Another event in Western/Central New York that is worth checking out!
05/27/2019

Another event in Western/Central New York that is worth checking out!

The biggest film event of the year is here! This will be an event to remember so bring the family!

05/25/2019
Dust-to-Digital

Remembering Bill Robinson, born this day in 1877 in Richmond, Virginia. Here he is performing his “Stair Dance” in 1932.

Bill Robinson performing his "Stair Dance" in 1932.

This morning we took a tour of the Ohio Theatre, built in 1928!  The original organ is still there, and a demonstration ...
05/23/2019

This morning we took a tour of the Ohio Theatre, built in 1928! The original organ is still there, and a demonstration of what audiences used to hear was given. And yes - they still show movies on film!

Tomorrow we are heading to Columbus, Ohio to attend Cinevent, a classic film festival entering its 51st year!  It is alw...
05/22/2019

Tomorrow we are heading to Columbus, Ohio to attend Cinevent, a classic film festival entering its 51st year! It is always fun to meet new people and say hello to other film fans who “get” you!

05/20/2019
Star Theatre

The National Screening Room at the Library of Congress has over 350 films you can watch on their website, including this one of the Star Theatre:
https://www.loc.gov/item/00694388/ Check this out and others on their website!

Using time-lapse photography, the film shows the demolition of the famous Star Theatre. Judging from the various exposures, the work must have gone on for a period of approximately thirty days. The theater opened in 1861 as "Wallack's Theatre," and was re-christened the "Star" in 1883. It was well k...

Do you love movies? Did you want to help the archives identify films that have lost their titles?  If so, this is the ev...
05/17/2019
Mostly Lost 8  | News and Events  | About This Program  | National Film Preservation Board  | Programs at the Library of Congress  | Library of Congress

Do you love movies? Did you want to help the archives identify films that have lost their titles? If so, this is the event for you! Check it out and help archives find lost films in their vaults!
https://bit.ly/2QgpgC5

The Library of Congress National Audio-Visual Conservation Center, Packard Campus presents “Mostly Lost 8: A Film Identification Workshop” in Culpeper, Virginia. “Mostly Lost” will feature the screenings of unidentified, under-identified or misidentified silent and sound film...

Film Comment magazine
05/16/2019
Film Comment magazine

Film Comment magazine

This year’s celebration of the combustible medium at The Nitrate Picture Show brought long-unseen flickers of light to the screen. C. Mason Wells reports:

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