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Film developer in Parsons accepts the last roll of Kodachrome

Updated December 30, 2010 at 4:55 PM CST by ANGELA GREENWOOD:  The end of the year brings the end of what many say is the best slide and movie film in history.

The world's last standing Kodachrome film developer is located in Parsons, Kansas, and on Thursday, they stopped taking the film.

According to Dwayne's Photo Shop in Parsons, most people have never heard of Kodachrome film.  But the unique film is bringing attention to Parsons.

Large crowds of people from across the region and the world came to Dwayne's Photo Shop on Thursday to take advantage of the absolute last chance to have their now obsolete Kodachrome film developed.

Kodachrome is known for it's vivid colors and durability.  Kodak began using the film in 1935 but stopped making it in 2009 as the digital age began to take over.

One film enthusiast drove from New York saying he couldn't let the last of his precious film go undeveloped.

"Kodachrome, the legendary film from Kodak, this is the final day to get the film processed here in Dwayne's of Kansas," says Greg McMahon.  "It means a lot to me and I had 18 roles to get developed."

People from London, Belgium have traveled to the shop to get their film developed.  Plus, thousands of rolls of film have been delivered to Dwayne's over the last week.

The shop says they expect to have all of the film developed by the first week or so of the new year.

Posted October 14, 2009 at 6:57 PM CST by Nina Criscuolo:  Eastman Kodak announced the retirement of it's KodaChrome film in June and only one shop in the world continues to develop the film.

Dwayne's Photo in Parsons, Kansas will process the last rolls of KodaChrome film on December 30, 2010.

"We are the last processor of KodaChrome film in the world and KodaChrome was the first color film and has kind of a cult following in the photography community," says Grant Steinle, the Vice President of Operations at Dwayne's Photo in Parsons, Kansas.

Steinle says the film, like many of the movies and photos made from it, is famous for it's vivid colors and archival capability.

"If you store KodaChrome in the dark it last a very very long time," explains Steinle.  "Kodak says up to 100 years.  That's why you can still take out movies of World War II that were shot and they still look good today."

"It's the professional, the perfectionists, the people that want things just perfect because it's a good film," says department supervisor Lanie George.

With less than a year and half of developing capabilities left Dwayne's Photo is receiving orders from all over the globe.

"Japan, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, of course the United States, but yeah, everywhere," says George.

While filmmakers and photographers shoot their final rolls of KodaChrome workers at Dwayne's Photo worry about their livelihood.

"We think some of the volume will move over and become still slides, but just a different kind of film, and we think some of it will move to digital and we'll just have to wait and see what customers decide to do," says Steinle.

"If this goes away where will I go from there, I know they'd put me somewhere else in the lab, but if this was to go away, I don't have a field," says George.

A film icon and profession slowing losing it's spot in the world, but for now KodaChrome will remain the pride of Dwayne's Photo.

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