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The Nitrate Picture Show celebrates 5 years on May 3–5, 2019

Nov 29th, 2018

Rochester, N.Y., November 29, 2018—The George Eastman Museum will present the 5th Nitrate Picture Show from May 3 to 5, 2019 at the Dryden Theatre in Rochester, NY. The Nitrate Picture Show, the world’s festival of film conservation, will celebrate five years with a new lineup of nitrate prints on screen, workshops, and behind-the-scenes tours of the museum and its collection areas. Festival passes will go on sale at 9 a.m. (EST) on Monday, December 10, 2018. All passes, tours, and workshops will be available for purchase through the museum’s website at

The 5th 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 another great lineup of nitrate prints from around the world, in a cinematic experience that can’t be duplicated anywhere else.

Over the past four 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. The official program, which is kept secret until the first day of the festival, will be announced at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 3.

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. The festival will also feature lectures, demonstrations, workshops, and more.



Festival Passes: May 3–5, 2019

Passes include admission to all screenings and lectures, plus complimentary entrance to the George Eastman Museum May 3–5, 2019. Patrons receive a special gift and recognition on-site and in print.

  • Patron Pass: $250
  • Festival Pass: $150
  • Student/Eastman Museum Member: $125


**All tours and workshops are open to festival passholders only. Limited availability; pre-registration required**


Film Factory Tour at Kodak, Thursday, May 2

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: $100


Workshop: How to Make Nitrate Film: Friday, May 3

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, May 3

Hour-long tours of the museum’s nitrate vaults will be offered at 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, May 3

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


**NEW for 2019**

Guided Tour of the George Eastman Museum Digital Film Preservation Lab, May 3

Hour-long tour of the museum’s Film Preservation Services facility will be offered three 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.

About the George Eastman Museum
Founded in 1947, the George Eastman Museum is the world’s oldest photography museum and one of the largest film archives in the United States, located on the historic Rochester estate of entrepreneur and philanthropist George Eastman, the pioneer of popular photography. Its holdings comprise more than 450,000 photographs, 28,000 motion picture films, the world’s preeminent collection of photographic and cinematographic technology, one of the leading libraries of books related to photography and cinema, and extensive holdings of documents and other objects related to George Eastman. As a research and teaching institution, the Eastman Museum has an active publishing program and, through its two joint master’s degree programs with the University of Rochester, makes critical contributions to film preservation and to photographic preservation and collections management. For more information, visit

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