In Culpeper, Virginia there is an underground bunker that holds thousands of American films. Now known as the Library of Congress’ Packard Campus, the nuclear bunker was originally a gold storage unit that then doubled as a shelter for the president and his cabinet during the Cold War.
In the video created by Great Big Story and TIFF, they take you on a stunning tour of the film archive, which holds classics like “Casablanca” and “Frankenstein,” as well as modern films like “Gigli” and every Adam Sandler film.
Today, the Library of Congress uses the facility as a way to ensure the survival and conservation of our nation’s movies by preserving and restoring film reels. The bunker has a suite where technicians do nothing but repair films, it also has specialized rooms for printing, film processing, DataCine transfers and cylinder recording. There are also video players that can play any sort of format that they need.
Archivist George Willeman, who’s in charge of the nitrate vaults, where fragile and combustible old films sit undisturbed and well preserved, also explains his duties and the films he’s helped restore.
Check out the video below: