Deluxe Laboratory in Hollywood is scheduled to close its doors.
Deluxe, which has been processing films for nearly a century, will shut down its facility on 5433 Fernwood Avenue in Hollywood in what analysts say is the latest sign of the rise of digital technology as the entertainment industry standard.
Well, we all knew it was coming. With the motion picture industry’s transition away from 35mm film to digital production and distribution it was only a matter of time before the need for film laboratories would disappear entirely. The industry took a step closer toward that end when on Tuesday when Deluxe Laboratories announced the company would close its Hollywood film lab on May 9th. Along with Technicolor, Deluxe grew into one of the largest processors and handlers of 35mm film in the world, with offices in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. The company’s Hollywood facilities date back to the founding of Deluxe in 1919, when they opened their doors adjacent to Fox Film Corporation. Both companies were founded by William Fox, one of the industry’s first movie moguls. Deluxe, as well as Technicolor, had been the leaders in lab services both in California and worldwide. Technicolor has already ceased offering these services in Southern California, meaning that with the shutting of Deluxe’s lab, only privately owned Fotokem in Burbank remains in this market. In July 2011, Deluxe and Technicolor began an orderly retreat from film, inking three-year subcontracting agreements that reduced their footprint of film services around the world. Last year, Deluxe struck a deal with London film lab iDailies to support its U.K.-based 35mm projects as it moved toward shutting down its London operations.
Sciences annual Scientific and Technical Awards accepting an Academy Award of Merit bestowed upon “all those who built and operated film laboratories, for over a century of service to the motion picture industry”.