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Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028 Map
Fri, Mar 16, 2018 - Sun, Mar 18, 2018
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Nitrate projection made possible through 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.

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 thru 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. In the past, the extreme heat generated by movie projectors has ignited the nitrate film that ran through them, killing or injuring patrons and projectionists (a scenario recreated in director Giuseppe Tornatore's CINEMA PARADISO, which told the story of the friendship of a boy and a movie theatre projectionist in a small Italian town in the 1940s).

The movie industry switched to a safe, acetate-based film stock 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, fire-and-explosion proof projection booths. Very few West Coast venues are certified to show nitrate films .. but the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the Egyptian is one of them.

As the American Cinematheque opens the curtain on nitrate, join us for screenings of ultra-rare prints of Carol Reed’s suspenseful British drama THE FALLEN IDOL and Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s Technicolor favorite BLACK NARCISSUS.

Egyptian TheatreFri, Mar 16, 2018 - Sun, Mar 18, 2018
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Films in this Series at the Egyptian

The Nitrate Picture Show
Fri, Mar 16, 2018 - 7:30pm
Egyptian Theatre
Sun, Mar 18, 2018 - 7:30pm
Egyptian Theatre