New Thursday night screening to kick off the festival; Passes on sale now
Rochester, N.Y., December 10, 2019—The George Eastman Museum will present the 6th Nitrate Picture Show from June 4 to 7, 2020 at the Dryden Theatre in Rochester, NY. The Nitrate Picture Show, the world’s festival of film conservation, will celebrate its 6th year with a new, extended lineup of nitrate prints on screen, workshops, and behind-the-scenes tours of the museum and its collection areas. A special screening of a past festival favorite will take place on the evening of Thursday, June 4 to kick off the festival, and mark the reopening of the Dryden Theatre after the museum’s Visitor Center construction project will close it beginning January 1. Festival passes, including tickets for tours, and workshops are on sale now through the museum’s website at eastman.org/nps.
The 6th Nitrate Picture Show will continue in the tradition of exhibiting pristine archival films on flammable stock from international archives—including the Eastman Museum’s own collection—as well as present lectures, workshops, and other opportunities to experience the art and science of film preservation, from print conservation to archival projection. This year’s program will feature 12 programs over the course of four days, including nitrate prints from around the world.
Over the past five years, hundreds of people from more than 20 different countries have made the trip to Rochester to indulge in the nitrate experience at the George Eastman Museum. Festival passes for the Nitrate Picture Show range in price from $125 to $250, and include admission to the festival’s entire film program, including ten nitrate screenings. Visit eastman.org/nps for more information.
Passes include admission to all screenings and lectures, plus complimentary entrance to the George Eastman Museum June 4–7, 2020. Patrons receive a special gift and recognition on-site and in print.
- Patron Pass: $250
- Weekend (Regular) Pass: $175
- Student/Member Passes: $125
**All tours and workshops are open to festival passholders only. Limited availability; pre-registration required**
Tours & Workshops
Guided Tour of the Kodak Film Factory, Thursday, June 4
Kodak offers festival attendees the opportunity for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the company’s film factory, where iconic film stocks are produced. Each of the four tours is open to a limited number of guests, and gives a rare look inside the historic Eastman Business Park. See website for times.
- Tickets: $125
Workshop: How to Make Nitrate Film, Friday, June 5
Hour-long workshops will be offered in two individual sessions on Friday afternoon. Limited availability. Advance registration required. See website for times.
- Tickets: $50
Guided Tour of the Louis B. Mayer Conservation Center, Friday, June 5
Hour-long tours of the museum’s nitrate vaults will be offered three times on Friday. Limited availability. Advance registration required. See website for times.
- Tickets: $75
Guided Tour of the George Eastman Museum Technology Vault, Friday, June 5
Hour-long tours of the museum’s technology collection vault will be offered at two times on Friday. Limited availability. Advance registration required. See website for times.
- Tickets: $50
Guided Tour of the George Eastman Museum Digital Film Preservation Lab, Friday, June 5
Hour-long tour of the museum’s Film Preservation Services facility will be offered two times on Friday. Attendees will be given a behind-the-scenes look at the museum’s film scanning equipment and digital restoration processes. Limited availability. Advanced registration required. See website for times.
- Tickets: $50
About the George Eastman Museum Nitrate Collection
The museum holds one of the country’s largest collections of nitrate prints, preserved at the Louis B. Mayer Conservation Center, a state-of-the-art facility located 12 miles southwest of Rochester. The George Eastman Museum is also a member of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF), the world’s leading group in the field of film conservation and preservation, and the museum’s collection of over 28,000 titles covers the entire history of cinema, from Edison and the Lumière brothers to contemporary works by Peter Greenaway and Tacita Dean.
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