Film Repertory House Petition to Keep 35mm Film

supplied by Ted Gooding, THS member in Pasadena CA. Over 9100 people have signed from all over the world.


An internet petition was set up this week by the owner of THE NEW BEVERLY cinema in Los Angeles, a repertory film house owned by Quentin Tarantino, that screens cult and classic films exclusively on 35mm Prints. The reason for the petition was VERY distressing for anyone with even a passing interest in film.

With the commercial industry moving rapidly to total digital presentation as early as 2015, some major studios have expressed their desire to stop renting their archival 35mm prints to film houses like The New Beverly and other famous revival houses like New York’s Film Forum and Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse (which would trickle down to The Astor, given the nature of our business). The repercussions would be disastrous – repertory cinema will be forced out of business, film lovers would be doomed to see many, many classics in an isolated environment of their lounge rooms and archives pertaining to the history of cinema will be potentially destroyed. It makes NO sense to do so given there is a wealth of classics and oddball cult favourites readily available on perfectly usable 35mm prints.

The decision is due to, what they believe, a dying industry. This is simply not the case. Repertory cinema is an enthusiastically received business, thriving like never before, with a large and dedicated following. It is a welcome alternative to the multiplex environment, being run independently by movie lovers catering to an audiences that cherish the communal viewing experience of the greatest films of all time, and the curious classics long though lost. Something like the unearthing of a cult favourite on 35mm is always met with incredible enthusiasm and like finding buried treasure.

PLEASE head to this link to sign the petition: It is almost stunning to hear of the disregard and contempt shown to the classics, given the industry was born on the backs of these very motion pictures, and like seeing a painting, the celluloid canvas is how many of the classics were shot and the only way they can continue to be seen. We believe that the preservation of 35mm, alongside the forward thinking of distributors releasing restorations committed to digital DCP, thus being available to wide audiences, can co-exist with 35mm.

It would be cultural vandalism to allow such a proud past to be lost forever.

Come on guys,  S I G N !!!!


ian wiliams,

One Comment

  1. I frequently enjoy classic films in 35mm so would be very disappointed if studios refuse to rent such prints! 35mm is an art form, not yet replicated well enough in 2k or 4k, and these films should be seen in their original way. You don’t go to a museum to see photocopies of artworks!

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