I was traveling today and just got home this evening. My moving image archive list was filled with emails about the fire at the Stanford.
The good news is that the safety measures in the booth worked exactly as they were supposed to so that damage, it seems at this point, was contained to the booth and not the rest of the theater.
It was a nitrate print that was being run and the Stanford Theater, when it was restored by the Packard Foundation , was authorized to run nitrate.
Only part of the reel on the projector is believed to have been lost. The safety gates on the projector as well as the safety measures in the booth were all said to have operated properly as well as the sprinkler system in the booth.
For those who fear this film has now been damaged permanently, rest assured that the the master elements as well as the elements used for the DVD master, are still in vaulted away properly.
While it is sad that part of this print was lost, the good news is that the damage was contained as much as it was. It had the potential to be much worse.
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