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Film Elements and Sound Recordings

UV&S is recognized as a leader in secure storage for the motion picture and entertainment industry and we are a proud member of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA). Our underground and above ground solutions meet the needs of multiple studios around the world. We offer climate controlled vaults, refrigerated storage, inspection and cataloging services, same day retrieval, same day shipping, and refrigerated transportation services.

Decades ago, film and television studios recognized that our uniquely cool, dry atmosphere, the distance from natural disaster and metropolitan exposure, and our location 58 floors below ground, were ideal for long term archiving of movie films. Still true today, our three mine locations in Kansas, Missouri and Kentucky, are safe from anything that challenges asset protection at surface level, including seismic activity, fires and intrusion. We have also added facilities in the UK to meet the needs of the film industry. Using our services has helped eliminate high warehouse lease rates as well as reduce labor and utility costs for our clients.

We specialize in the safe storage of film, sound, and props – above ground, underground and around the world.

Contact us to discuss your needs.


Refrigerated Storage
We offer refrigerated and dehumidified media vault storage for items that must be stored in a stable environment. Customized refrigeration vaults are available to fit your specific needs. We can offer more security and help reduce lease expense. Protect your film for decades to come by entrusting it to our team.
Prop and Costume Storage
A natural extension of our film and sound archiving services, we store props and costumes to keep valuable items out of harm’s way. Items can be stored underground or in our Prop Bay and Larger Assets storage. Archive items for the future or keep them with us for a short period of time.
Shipping and Refrigerated Transportation
Geographic separation is vital to securing your company’s precious resources. We offer same day retrieval, same day shipping, and one of the most efficient company-owned refrigerated truck fleets on the road. Compare local lease, storage and transport costs to ours: We beat both coasts, pennies on the dollar.
Our experienced and Hollywood-trained staff can conduct periodic inspections of your collections while in storage. They can also inventory and re-box while in our secure vaults, eliminating third party personnel.
Cataloging Content
Improperly indexed I.P.’s, poorly catalogued reels, and lost production logs are unfortunately commonplace. Our staff can identify the elements in storage, enter information into a secure database, repackage them in standardized boxes, and place them back in storage.
Storage Planning Services
We work on-site with asset managers, archivists and librarians, cinematographers and directors to prioritize and coordinate transfer to secure storage. Our account executives will work with you to find the best solution for your specific needs.
Underground Storage
Regardless of weather or season topside, our three underground facilities maintain a naturally cool, dry storage environment deemed well-suited for film and sound archiving. Additional climate controls are available to meet your specifications, including refrigeration and dehumidification. Movie and television vaults are fully customizable, with no limit to space available. Whether you can fill a custom-designed 15,000 square foot private bay or a one reel slot, we will custom build to your requirement. The Hutchinson salt mine facility is tucked miles away from seismic activity, oceans, metropolitan areas or military installations, 650 ft deep within a solid salt formation that is 400 ft thick. Our limestone mine facilities in Kansas City and Louisville offer refrigerated storage, dock access, and closer proximity to metropolitan areas. All three locations are within one hour of a major airport, facilitating immediate retrievals to your studio or workplace.


Movie Film Storage

Dramatically lowers storage costs

Same day retrieval and shipping

Extends the life of your assets

Incomparable protection from disaster

Security from theft and fraud


Let’s discuss your storage needs and how we can help

Above ground, underground, temperature and humidity controlled, records and media, rotations, retrieval, disaster recovery plans and more. Let’s talk about what you need.