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ACADEMY RACING TO MAKE PRINTS OF RESTORED FILMS

September 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Allan K. Rode

Smaller theaters, including those showing vintage films and art houses, many of which have not been able to afford the costs of converting to digital, are now finding it difficult to find 35mm prints to show to their patrons, the Los Angeles Times reported today (Thursday). It quoted film historian Allan Rode as saying, “There is one studio that when you ask for a print they will say, ‘Show the DVD.'” Currently, the Times reported, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Film Archive is scrambling to transfer as many restored prints to film as possible before the supply of available film stock runs out or the cost of film transfers becomes prohibitive. “If the prices go up, that means we can do fewer projects in a yea,” archive director Michael Pogarzelski told the Times. “Our thought was why wait? Let’s try to do as much as we can.”