The Nuclear Bunker Preserving Movie History


America’s movie and film archive is located in an underground bunker in Culpepper, Virginia. The bunker was originally a gold storage unit that doubled as a fallout shelter for the U.S. president and his cabinet during the Cold War. Today, the Library of Congress stores all manner of film here. Archivist George Willeman is in charge of the nitrate vaults, where fragile (and combustible) old films sit undisturbed and well preserved.

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19 Responses to The Nuclear Bunker Preserving Movie History

  1. Goobers

    Empty that shit out and fill it with memes

  2. Maria Therese Adamms

    I SEE YOU HARRY POTTER

  3. Tasty Pasta

    Hope you didnt add the emoji movie

  4. Owen Balino

    Bruh this my town. I've passed this place thousands of times.

  5. jojibot

    Of all things they had to preserve fucking Bieber

  6. Jace Obeya

    If i was working their and i know their will be a nuclear end i probably go their stack food and neccessities and watch adan sandler movies until I die

  7. Luqmanul Hakim

    Does he only keep English films?

  8. queen bee

    do they have the original theatrical versions of star wars?

  9. Derik Markonchi

    Fallout trailer

  10. Game Hero

    "It's goal is to ensure the survival and the conversation of our nation's films."
    0:52 "JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER."
    And why would you want to ensure the survival of THAT?!

  11. Quaint73

    Sounds like a fallout vault

  12. Q. Dot

    my taxes go to saving Adam Sandler movies.

    sweet

  13. Mr.Celery

    What is this the institute

  14. HawksFan 007

    i'll be here to watch movies while the world ends.

  15. Cristian Rares Uta

    I wonder if they have porn in there too lol

  16. bmtten

    They even have the Hey Arnold Movie!!!

  17. Takeuchi Yuya

    I hope they have the original film of London after Midnight

  18. Tommy Watterson

    I WANT THAT HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRET REEL

  19. ralf 98

    omg,nitrate is a bad film

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