Film Lab New York, the last remaining motion picture film-processing laboratory in New York City, has announced that they will cease operations as of December 19, 2014. The facility was launched in 2011 as a joint venture between Technicolor-PostWorks New York and Deluxe New York, to serve filmed features, TV, and commercial productions. HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, among the last major television productions to shoot on film, completed production a few months ago with the last episode airing this week.
The uptake in digital cinematography has apparently led to declining demand for such film laboratory services. The closure relates only to film processing and printing with both Technicolor-PostWorks New York and Deluxe NY continuing to operate all other postproduction services.
With Technicolor also recently closing their film lab in Glendale, this leaves DCS Supporter, Fotokem as one of the only remaining provider of film processing services in the nation. They handle everything from 16mm to 70mm along with a complete line of digital post services. East Coast Filmmakers will now likely be shipping their film footage to Burbank.