National Movie Library Opening in 2006 in VA


The Culpeper (VA) Center is the current name of the future repository of America's film history, and a part of the Library of Congress. The library will be "a mega-Blockbuster" with 56 miles of shelf space for America's film library."

Films include original negatives of Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman from the movie `Casablanca,"' said Greg Lukow, chief of the library's Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division. "We have film shot by Thomas Edison."

Construction of the first phase of the project at the old Federal Reserve Bank site east of Culpeper began in August 2000. The Federal Reserve storage area, which was all underground, was unearthed and refurbished. This will become the Collections Building, which will store nearly 3 million sound and radio recordings and more than 1 million films. Story from WTOP News .

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