[78-L] O/T Films
leotolstoy_75 at yahoo.com.invalid
Sun Aug 3 20:50:41 PDT 2014
This sounds like the large cache of nitrate prints discovered in Dawson City, Yukon Territory, in 1978. What happened was that several hundred reels of film were used to fill an old swimming pool that was being converted to a hockey rink. Decades later, when the rink itself was also being replaced, the discovery was made. Dawson City was sometimes the end of the line for distribution prints and it wasn't always worthwhile for the distribution exchanges to pay for shipment back to their warehouses.
Further details about the discovery are at
In addition to newsreels, portions of about 42 American features from the 1915-19 period were found. Some were nearly complete, missing only 1 reel or so, while only 1 reel survived in other cases.
On Sun, 8/3/14, Joe Salerno <jsalerno at collector.org.invalid> wrote:
Subject: Re: [78-L] O/T Films
To: "78-L Mail List" <78-l at klickitat.78online.com>
Date: Sunday, August 3, 2014, 8:47 AM
remember reading of some that had been thrown out of the
window of a
theatre. They fell to the
ground and were covered in snow.....and this
was in Alaska. Many years later they were
unearthed, uh, unsnowed, and
found to be in
quite good condition, having been stored all that time in
the deep freeze. Literally deep.
I wonder if it is a true
On 8/3/2014 8:08 AM, Don Cox wrote:
> On 03/08/2014, Julian
>> What happens to films after
they've been shown in the cinema and on
>> TV? I'm not referring to digital
forms of the genre.
> The release prints are sent around to
smaller cinemas until they wear out.
> Release prints are supposed to be returned
to the distributors, who will
superfluous copies for recycling of the plastic film
sometimes for various reasons a print may be kept at the
> not returned. Some may then
survive for decades in storage. This is why "lost"
> are regularly found.
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