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PRO-TEK's Randy Gitsch is quoted in a New York Times article on Cinerama, a widescreen movie process that involved the synchronization of three 35mm projectors onto a curved screen. Cinerama was developed in the 1950s in response to new competition that television was bringing to the movie industry....

Two LAC Group executives were featured presenters at the Special Libraries Association (SLA) Southern California Chapter Professional Development Day, held October 13, 2017 in Long Beach, California....

The Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie Charitable Foundation has announced a new film preservation scholarship award in honor of PRO-TEK Vaults film preservationist Stan Taffel....

PRO-TEK is once again sponsoring the annual conference of the Association of Moving Image Archivists or AMIA. The 2017 event will be in New Orleans at the InterContinental Hotel on St. Charles. We invite you to: Capture and preserve your AMIA 2017 experience in our photo booth Charge your cell phone at one of the power stations we will be sponsoring throughout the...

The first frozen film preservation vault for commercial use, built by LAC Group’s PRO-TEK Vaults, was the subject of a feature story on Los Angeles’ ABC7 Eyewitness News. ...

The joint film preservation venture of Paramount Pictures and PRO-TEK Vaults is featured in the Forbes’ August 14, 2017, Media & Entertainment section (#BoxOffice). The new vault is the first one built by a commercial motion picture studio to “freeze” film, joining non-profit film archiving institutions like UCLA and the Library of Congress....

PRO-TEK’s new, high-tech film vault for preserving film at below-freezing temperatures is featured in the San Fernando Valley Business Journal article titled “Hollywood’s Film Freezer”. The new 125,000 square foot facility will preserve movie classics like “The Godfather” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” along with other movies produced by Paramount Pictures at below-freezing temperatures to stop image deterioration....

Buster Keaton's 1927 comedy/action movie, The General, is being released on Blu-ray. Included as one of the extra features is historical film commentary recorded by PRO-TEK employee Stan Taffel along with preservationist and filmmaker Michael Schlesinger. The duo also provided commentary for Keaton's Steamboat Bill, Jr., which will be released soon. Taffel and Schlesinger are actively engaged in the cause of film preservation, including the planning...

Willem Barneveld in New York Times "Vocations" Film technician and curator Willem Barneveld was featured in the New York Times "Job Market" section. Following are some excerpts with link to the article below. What tools and equipment do you use? We have what we call a rewind machine to spool the film back and forth. A light box that helps me see the...