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Underground Vaults & Storage

Underground Vaults & Storage isn't your normal warehouse. It's 650 underground, buried beneath the layers of shale and salt that make up the foundation of Hutchinson. The storage area occupies used-up sections of the Hutchinson Salt Co. mine. The storage operation started in 1959, and is valued for its high degree of security — just getting down there requires a ride in a secure elevator — and consistent atmospheric conditions.

The containers vary, but the conditions don't change. Thousands of master negatives from popular films and TV shows are shelved at Underground Vaults & Storage, where the conditions never change: It's 68 degrees, with 40 percent humidity year-round, considered prime conditions for preserving film.

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