Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028 Map
Fri, Nov 15, 2019 - Sun, Nov 17, 2019
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NITRATE NIGHTS 2019
Co-presented by the George Eastman Museum in collaboration with the Library of Congress, the Academy Film Archive and the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Nitrate projection made possible through the support of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Turner Classic Movies and the Film Foundation in partnership with the American Cinematheque and the Academy Film Archive.

Film is cool. Nitrate is hot. The Nitrate Picture Show, staged by the George Eastman Museum in New York, is the leading annual festival dedicated to the venerable format. Initially manufactured by Eastman Kodak in the 1880s, nitrate film was the first material that was flexible, strong and transparent enough to carry motion picture frames through the wheels and gates of a projector. When screened, it created luminous, sharp and subtle images, but at a price: Nitrate is extremely flammable, and will even continue burning underwater.

The movie industry switched to safe, acetate-based film stocks around 1950, but nitrate prints survive in archives, kept in special storage conditions. Though cineastes enjoy seeing them projected for their particular picture quality, historical nitrate prints can only be shown today in specially built, fireproof projection booths. Very few Southern California venues are certified to show nitrate films; the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the Egyptian is one of them.

This weekend the Nitrate Picture Show goes West, as the American Cinematheque partners with the George Eastman Museum to open the curtain on nitrate. Join us for screenings of ultra-rare prints of Alfred Hitchcock masterpieces REBECCA and SPELLBOUND, the Powell & Pressburger classic GONE TO EARTH and film noir favorite NIGHTMARE ALLEY and LAURA.

We're thrilled to welcome Christopher Nolan, Alexander Payne and the George Eastman Museum's Jared Case to the Egyptian Theatre to introduce these films!
Egyptian TheatreFri, Nov 15, 2019 - Sun, Nov 17, 2019
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Films in this Series at the Egyptian

In Person Guest!
Fri, Nov 15, 2019 - 7:30pm
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Sat, Nov 16, 2019 - 4:00pm
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Christopher Nolan & Jared Case In Person!
Sat, Nov 16, 2019 - 7:30pm
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In Person Guest!
Sun, Nov 17, 2019 - 4:00pm
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Alexander Payne In Person!
Sun, Nov 17, 2019 - 7:30pm
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