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Where to Develop Film in Pittsburgh in 2022.


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If you’re a film photographer in Pittsburgh, your options for developing film are pretty scarce. Especially if you like to shoot less common formats (large format, for one), you might not even have any options. 

Don’t let that scare you, though! Most folks should still be able to find a perfectly adequate spot to develop disposable cameras or film in Pittsburgh. 

We’ve made things easier by breaking down which types of film are accepted at each spot and a map of their locations. Check it out below!

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Rat Lab

Location: 233 E James St, Munhall, PA, 15120

We’ve seen a handful of new photo labs popping up in communities where there was a distinct lack of options that would satisfy analog-obsessives. We love supporting long standing labs that have weathered the digital camera revolution, but sometimes the quality just isn’t up to our standards. 

Enter: Rat Lab. This spot is “Dedicated to providing affordable and accessible processing and scanning to our Pittsburgh community”. 

No, you can’t get your passport photo taken or get your photo printed on a mouse pad (hell, you can’t even get your photos printed on….paper), but what you can get is great film processing and scanning. Which is probably all you really wanted, anyways.

Rat Lab accepts 35mm and 120 film, C-41 color, black and white, and E-6 slide film. Film is processed by hand. 

It’s worth noting that Rat Lab is the only place in town that develops black and white and E-6 film in-house. 

To find out more or to check out a price list, head to Rat Lab.

Premier Imaging

Location: 4801 McKnight Rd #201, Pittsburgh, PA 15237

709B Mall Cir Dr, Monroeville, PA 15146

Premier Imaging is a full service, visual solutions company that includes film processing in their long list of offerings. 

You can bring in your 35mm or 120 film, whether it is C-41 color, black and white, or E-6. That said, black and white and E-6 film are both sent to another lab for processing. 

Another limitation to note is that Premier Imaging does not push/pull film. Not really something we’ve seen too often, but definitely may be a dealbreaker for some. 

You can also handle any type of scanning, printing, photo restoration, video digitization, business graphics…the whole nine yards. 

For more information, go to Premier Imaging.

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Bankrupt Bodega

Location: 4120 Main St, Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Note: Thanks to user Jim Towers for the tip on Bankrupt Bodega.

Bankrupt Bodega is a lot of things: a clothing line, an art gallery, an event space, a photo lab, and, most importantly, an organization that truly celebrates the Pittsburgh community.

Established in 2018, this shop collaborates with local photographers to create unique clothing items featuring their work, art prints, and zines. It only makes sense that Bankrupt Bodega has since opened a photo lab of their own in the multi-use space.

You can drop off your 35mm and 120 film at Bankrupt Film Lab, whether it’s C-41 color or black and white. Film is processed by hand and you have a choice of two different sized scans.

You can find more info on the photo lab and check out their clothing collaborations at Bankrupt Bodega

Bernie’s Photo Center

Location: 523 E Ohio St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Oh, how the mighty Bernie’s have fallen. Sanders. Mac. Madoff. Photo Center. Unfortunately,  Bernie’s Photo has ceased operation of film processing

While not done in-house, you can technically still bring your film for developing. Where does it go? Nobody knows! 

We tend to avoid photo labs that outsource their processing, but maybe this is a marginally better option than bringing your film to the drugstore. At least you’ll (probably) get your negatives back (don’t quote us on that). 

One thing that Bernie’s Photo has going for it is it’s central location. 

You can find out more at Bernie’s Photo Center.

Map of Where to Develop Film in Pittsburgh

Other Options

Since most of the places to develop film in Pittsburgh outsource at least some of their processing, you might be considering trying to develop disposable cameras or film at the drugstore. 

A decade ago, you could walk into just about any drugstore chain and drop off a roll of film while you pick up a prescription or buy toilet paper. And more times than not, you’d get your photos back in an hour!

But things are quite a bit different nowadays and especially if you haven’t shot film in a long time, you should definitely know a few things before going this route. 

We’ve found which drugstores still develop film and broken down all of the potential downfalls to entrusting them with your valuable photos. 

Just check out the Guide to Drugstore Developing for all of the info. 

Anywhere Else?

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Do you anywhere else to get film developed in Pittsburgh? Any experience with any of these labs? Let us know in the comments below.

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Jim Towers

Bankrupt Bodega! 4120 Main St. – Ironically the place is in the cover photo on this article. BankruptBodega.com