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    Kodak dismatling an unused film coating building

    This marks a sad milepost for those that love film. Kodak is dismantling Building 29 that housed multiple photographic film coating machines that at one time made almost every type of Kodak color and black-and-white film. Motion picture print film was made in the building as recently as 2011. Sadly I am not aware of any photographs of the equipment in the building. Kodak’s only film quality production coating machine will be near-by in Kodak Rochester’s Building 38. I am glad that I was able to thoroughly document the Building 38 coating machine in my book, Making Kodak Film. There is a link on APUG.

    You can see from the photographs that there are large holes in the side of Building 29 for installing equipment that are now used for tossing the scrap to the ground. Debris is sorted into piles near the building.

    The bad news is that the volume has declined so that the machines are no longer needed. The good news is that Kodak still has a film coating machine. The films made today are the best ever.
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    Enough to make me sit down and cry like a baby. I will never forget opening those plastic boxes of Kodachromes if I live to be 100. Remember the smell that wafted out when you lifted the little lid?
    Sad sad day.

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    Can we salvage anything for GEH?

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    Outside of the office building where I'm working, a building was recently demolished. It was called the King Cat, and it was struggling to survive. One screen, showing an assortment of old and odd films. And then progress came.

    Progress comes for many things, including Kodak. Unfortunately, Kodak never was on the ball when it comes to reacting to change.

    Here's something that Kodak could do: long term data archival services. Using what material? Film, of course. Kodak, back in the 1960s, built a write-once digital data storage machine for the CIA. (Wired magazine might have the article, I don't remember.) There's all kinds of Government regulations that mandate that corporate data must be accessible for X decades. Kodak could run a long-term storage service, where that data would be written to film and be put in cold storage. That would be an absolute cash cow.

    But instead Kodak always has this Alfred E. Neuman-esque "What, me worry?" attitude. Oh, well.

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    Robert,

    I saw so many ruins out of the photochemical industry, I guess I won't be touched anymore.

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    Don't worry guys, they're making room for a production facility for a brand new product; Kodadigit. Kodak will become a world leader in digit production. All those ones and zeros have to come from somewhere... :-D

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    testing...

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    Kodak dismatling an unused film coating building

    Quote Originally Posted by hdeyong View Post
    Enough to make me sit down and cry like a baby. I will never forget opening those plastic boxes of Kodachromes if I live to be 100. Remember the smell that wafted out when you lifted the little lid?
    Sad sad day.
    +1. :-(
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    Kodak dismatling an unused film coating building

    Do you think, maybe 30-40 years from now, people who are teenagers today will be lamenting the demolition of one of the last Apple buildings? They'll be talking fondly about their first iPhone or iPod and lamenting how after Steve Jobs died the company was never the same and eventually could not change with the times....

    Now I know the analogy is weak, Apple buildings are not where such things are made and iPhones and iPods are not film, but I was just thinking. Funny there was a time when Kodak was so strong, their products so profitable, sales so good, that something like this was never envisioned...
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    If Kodak was still succesful today, wouldn`t they possible dismantle the builiding anyway.
    Remember it was used to make film.

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