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The Nitrate Picture Show

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We are back! Join us for the 6th Nitrate Picture Show June 2–5, 2022.

The Nitrate Picture Show, the festival of film conservation, returns for its sixth year. The festival features screenings of vintage nitrate prints from international archives and the Eastman Museum’s own collection and lectures from leading archivists, inviting you to experience the art and science of film preservation, from print conservation to archival projection. Film fans who have attended our festival before will tell you that it's the rare experience of watching original nitrate prints projected in the cinema while surrounded by other enthusiasts that really makes the Nitrate Picture Show unique.  



Thursday, June 2


11 a.m.–7:30 p.m. Festival Registration

2–2:45 p.m. Concert by Andreas Benz, piano, Living Room, Historic Mansion
Open to all NPS passholders and museum guests

3:30–4:15 p.m. Concert by Andreas Benz, Aeolian pipe organ, Conservatory, Historic Mansion
Open to all NPS passholders and museum guests

7:30 p.m. PROGRAM 1 Portrait of Jennie (William Dieterle, 1948)

Friday, June 3

10 a.m.–4 p.m. Demonstration: The Nitrate Touch

10 a.m. PROGRAM 2

1:30 p.m. Talk: Keepers of the Frame

3 p.m. PROGRAM 3 

7 p.m. PROGRAM 4 

9:30 p.m. PROGRAM 5 

Saturday, June 4 

9:30 a.m. PROGRAM 6 

10 a.m.–4 p.m. Demonstration: The Nitrate Touch

1 p.m. PROGRAM 7 

3 p.m. Lecture: Keepers of the Frame / James Card Memorial Lecture

4:30 p.m. PROGRAM 8

8 p.m. PROGRAM 9

9 p.m. Reception in the Museum 
Open to all NPS passholders

Sunday, June 5

10 a.m.–4 p.m. Demonstration: The Nitrate Touch

10 a.m. PROGRAM 10

1:30 p.m. PROGRAM 11

4 p.m. PROGRAM 12: Blind Date with Nitrate  


Ticket Information

Festival Passes

Passes include admission to all screenings and lectures, plus complimentary entrance to the George Eastman Museum June 2–5, 2022. Patrons receive a special gift and recognition on-site and in print.  All Dryden Theatre seating is general admission.

  • Patron Pass — $250
  • Weekend (Regular) Pass — $175
  • Student/Member Passes — $125

Health & Safety

The Nitrate Picture Show will follow all health & safety procedures of the Eastman Museum and Dryden Theatre. For the most recent information regarding health and safety policies, see our Dryden Theatre Health & Safety page.


Discounted room rates for attendees are available. Codes will be sent to confirmed attendees following their purchase and are available via our e-news.

Stay in Touch


Questions? Contact festival organizers at [email protected].