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FADE TO BLACK FOR TECHNICOLOR?

December 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Throughout its long history, Technicolor has struggled with the “tech” in its name. Once the gold standard of the movie industry, its dye-transfer printing system, which achieved unmatched color reproduction in films from the 1930s until the early ’50s, was overtaken by less-expensive photographic chemical processing in the ’50s. Technicolor itself eventually was forced to adapt to the chemical method and continued to be a leading supplier of film prints, but its share of the business continued to dwindle forcing it to move into ever smaller facilities. Two years ago, it moved into a plant in Glendale, CA, after abandoning its previous one in Universal City as theaters began converting to digital systems. But the company apparently did not take into account the swiftness of that transition. Today (Friday), the Los Angeles Times, citing a company employee, reported that the new lab has also shut down, possibly writing “The End” to one of Hollywood’s iconic pioneers.