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The Nitrate Picture Show

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We are back! Join us for the 7th Nitrate Picture Show June 1–4, 2023.

The Nitrate Picture Show, the festival of film conservation, returns for its seventh year. The festival features screenings of vintage nitrate prints from international archives and the George Eastman Museum’s own collection, as well as lectures by leading archivists and film historians. The only festival in the world entirely dedicated to this endangered medium, it provides a unique experience of watching original nitrate films, from silent films to Technicolor spectacles, projected in the cinema while surrounded by other enthusiasts. A diverse programme embraces silent film, Hollywood blockbusters, masterworks of auteur cinema, avant-garde experiments, and much more. 

The festival will open on Thursday, June 1 at 11 am with several guests providing special presentations. A festival favorite lights up the Dryden screen at 7:30 pm when Black Narcissus (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, UK 1947) returns in a stunning 35mm nitrate Technicolor print from the Academy Film Archive - a legendary film in a legendary print.

2023 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (now live!)

Ticket Information

Festival Passes

Passes include admission to all screenings and lectures, plus complimentary entrance to the George Eastman Museum June 1–4, 2023. Patrons receive a special gift and recognition on-site and in print.  All Dryden Theatre seating is general admission.

All pass and individual tickets purchased for the Nitrate Picture Show 2023 are final and nonrefundable. For questions and further inquiries, please contact [email protected]

Patron Pass-$275

Festival (Regular) Pass-$200

Student/Member Passes-$150

Single-Screening Tickets 

Tickets for individual screenings, if available, may be purchased online at https://www.eastman.org/dryden-theatre or at the Dryden Theatre box office during the festival. All Dryden Theatre seating is general admission.

Health & Safety 

The Nitrate Picture Show will follow current 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. Call (585) 461-5010, ext. 0 to book. Mention the "Neighbor Rate." Or book online at strathallan.com and select special rates then enter promotion/offer code P98

Stay in Touch

Questions? Contact festival organizers at [email protected] 

Nitrate Picture Show is generously sponsored by Darcy Cohn and Spencer Seidman