Tech innovations had made the basics of 35mm projection so easy and safe that a high-schooler could handle a multiplex. But they'd also led to degraded prints.
Among the boutique labs serving the preservationists are Cinetech in Hollywood, Calif.; NT Audio Video Film Labs in Los Angeles; and Alpha Cine in Seattle. Some of these labs are thriving, but their…
The conversion of theaters to digital in the U.S. is almost complete, and the end of movies on film is in sight.
The major studios are driving hard to stop distributing 35mm prints in North America by the end of 2013, but one sector remains tied to traditional film prints: the drive-in movie biz.
The death knell for 35mm film has just gotten a lot louder.