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Technicolor closes film lab in Glendale

December 19, 2013|By Richard Verrier

In the latest casualty of Hollywood's march to digital technology, Technicolor Inc., the French-owned film processing and post-production company, has closed its film lab in Glendale less than three years after its opening.

The 40,000-square-foot-facility adjacent to DreamWorks Animation on Flower Street shut down Thursday, an employee at the lab told Times.

A spokeswoman for Technicolor did not returns call seeking comment.

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Opened in 2011, the facility replaced a much larger lab at Universal Studios that closed. Technicolor had previously lost its contract with Universal to rival Deluxe. About 100 of the 360 workers laid off as a result of that closure were moved to the Glendale lab.

In addition to offering such services as processing film negatives and color correction, the lab focused on developing 70-millimeter film prints for Imax and other big-screen formats.

Earlier this year, Technicolor closed its Pinewood film lab in Britain. And in July 2011, Technicolor shut its film lab in Montreal, costing nearly 180 jobs.

One of the world's largest suppliers of film prints, Technicolor has been buffeted by the slackening demand for film as more movies are shot digitally and a majority of theaters convert to digital projectors.

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