Eastman Kodak Co. made “a statement about its commitment to Hollywood” Tuesday, officially opening the 84,000-square-foot facility that will house the Cinesite digital film center, the Pro-Tek film preservation vaults and a modern warehouse and film distribution center.
The facility, which cost $ 8.5 million to build, is located at 1017 North Las Palmas Ave., adjacent to Kodak’s Marketing and Technology Center.
It will house the global headquarters for the Kodak business unit and FPC, a Kodak company that provides a wide range of services for the film industry.
Noting that the site of the new building was selected by Kodak founder Charles Eastman in 1928, the company’s VP and general manager Henri Petit noted: “We must do a better job of preserving the legacy of film, and that’s what this facility is here for.
“This new facility reaffirms our commitment to the future of both the entertainment film industry and the community which has been our home for some 65 years,” he added.
Representatives of city and state politicians were on hand, including reps for Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer. Tom Labonge, from Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan’s office, presented a plaque to Kodak from the city.
The first floor of the new facility contains the warehouse and film distribution center, while the second floor houses the Pro-Tek film preservation vaults and film inspection services center.
There are three vaults for medium and long-term storage, in addition to on-site film inspection services.
The third floor houses the Cinesite digital film center. Originally located at a temporary facility in Burbank, it was a test site for the Cineon digital film system developed by Kodak.
Cinesite has provided film scanning, recording, image computing and image processing for numerous feature films and commercials.
Cineons at Pacific Ocean
It was also announced during the opening ceremony that Pacific Ocean Post, a digital audio and video post-production facility, is installing two high-resolution Cineon digital film workstations and a Cineon MP35 digital film scanner from Kodak.
The Cineon workstations consist of Silicon Graphics Inc. Onyx graphics supercomputer platforms, image retouching and compositing software, and a custom user interface.