Rochester Nitrate Picture Festival | New York By Rail

june, 2021

03jun(jun 3)2:00 pm06(jun 6)4:30 pmNitrate Picture Show2:00 pm - 4:30 pm (6) George Eastman Museum, 900 East Avenue Rochester, NY 14607

Event Details

Nitrate Picture Show

A festival of famous nitrate prints with displays, lectures and workshops.

Visitors enjoy unique screenings at the Nitrate Picture Festival | Photo from Dryden Theatre Twitter

Visitors enjoy unique screenings at the Nitrate Picture Festival | Photo from Dryden Theatre Twitter

The Nitrate Picture show is returning to Rochester for its sixth year. The festival focuses on film conservation and will feature screenings of vintage nitrate prints from international archives. Materials on display include Eastman Museum’s own collection, and also includes various lectures and workshops for guests. These are all opportunities to experience the art and science of film preservation, from print conservation to archival projection. The Nitrate Picture show allows for interested audiences to experience the joys of older cinematic works, with an effort to honor film history.

Throughout the previous years of operation, the event has hosted hundreds of people from more than 20 different countries. This is an event tailored to film lovers and enthusiasts. Speakers this year include David Walsh and Elaine Burrows. Walsh joined the Technical Commission of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) in 2006 and served as its head from 2011 to 2016. Now, Walsh is FIAF’s Training and Outreach Coordinator. Burrows has spent her career working with film cataloging and archives. She has been the editor of FIAF’s Journal of Film Preservation since 2013. At The Nitrate Picture Festival, attendees can experience all the knowledge and expertise Walsh and Burrows have. 

Ticket Information

Registration closed in June 2020 for the rescheduled 2021 event, but passes for the 2022 event will be available as the date approaches closer!

Take Amtrak to The Nitrate Picture Show

Experience the festival via Amtrak to Rochester Station in Rochester—Don’t forget to use the Amtrak See New York and Save 15% discount!

Get picked up from Rochester Station and taken to your reserved NYTRAIN Enterprise Rent-a-Car. Click here to reserve your car or call the Rochester office today at: 585-423-2220.


3 (Thursday) 2:00 pm - 6 (Sunday) 4:30 pm


George Eastman Museum

900 East Avenue Rochester, NY 14607