Universal Film Archive Nearly 100% Lost!

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I received an e-mail yesterday from our contact at Universal Pictures regarding the situation of their film print archive. The films stored in this archive aren’t the masters, they are copies but they are, for the most part, the circulating copies. Unfortunately the destruction of these prints could affect several upcoming screenings at museums and other sites. Northwest Film Forum is unaffected for the time being. We do have engagements booked with Universal in the future that might fall off as a result, but it will take them months to assess the damages. This is a major travesty for Universal as well as for film exhibitors across the country. It is difficult to even describe the impact this fire might have on what films will be shown over the next several years. A sad day indeed.

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