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Between 2011 and 2013 the film industry in the UK rapidly converted to digital cinema. This was a decision taken for commercial reasons and was indeed an important and historic moment in the development of cinema. However, we are of the standing that digital as a medium is not a replacement for celluloid and where possible films already on celluloid should be continued to run as such. There are plenty of arguments to support the continued running of 35mm with many of them related to aesthetics and the requirement of a projectionist to ensure faultless presentation – this however can only be achieved with good equipment, good prints and well-trained staff. Celluloid in recent years is making a comeback and its value (as many things do when they diminish) has started to increase. Now going to see a film print is considered an experience and exhibitors still with the capacity to run celluloid are capitalising on that interest. There is a large movement of cinephiles who continue to support the running of film prints and anecdotal evidence suggests these screenings can be more popular that like for like digital shows. With directors such as Christopher Nolan and Quentin Tarantino pushing to keep film as an artistic choice we need to support these directors in achieving their aims.