A Tour of Our Lab

A tour of the Seattle FilmWorks lab generally leaves visitors amazed! We have created one of the most innovative photofinishing operations in the world, dedicated to bringing you the highest quality, best value product available.

world headquarters

The Seattle FilmWorks lab is located just north of downtown Seattle, on the waterfront of Elliott Bay at Pier 89. It is a 65,000 sq. ft facility, incorporating extensive use of computer-controlled automation and the latest in state-of-the-art photofinishing equipment. We also have an additional 70,000 sq. ft facility dedicated to warehousing and other operations, and just recently annexed two more adjacent buildings which contain additional offices and warehouse space.


In our film processing center, the quality of processing is carefully controlled by our Comprehensive Quality Network computer system, and tested and regulated by our staff of quality control engineers. We process about 20 miles of film every day, and every inch is visually inspected by our lab technicians.

paper processors

Once your negatives are processed, they are printed onto photographic paper using one of our eleven $400,000 Agfa Multi-Scanning printers. These highly sophisticated computerized printers analyze each negative frame prior to printing to ensure optimum color, contrast, and balance for each of your photos. The photographic paper is then processed through one of our three paper processors.


Each and every print is visually inspected for quality. If the prints do not meet our highest standards, we print them again to ensure you get only the best possible pictures from your film.

About Seattle FilmWorks...

Seattle FilmWorks has been processing film for customers around the world for over 20 years. On a typical day, our 800+ employees process over 20 miles of film in our state-of-the-art 65,000 sq ft lab.

Respected national publications have rated our photofinishing as the best in the country! When you send us a roll of film for processing, you'll discover for yourself why we have a world-wide reputation for superior quality and service.

A "big" one-hour lab may process several dozen rolls of film a day. We do tens of thousands of rolls a day. That means we can afford the best equipment to give you the finest quality.

For example, a one-hour lab photofinishing machine costs about $60,000. The Seattle FilmWorks Print-Ops department has eleven fully computerized multiscanning printers which cost over $400,000 each. They automatically analyze each-and-every frame from your film and adjust for the best color and contrast. And each unit is calibrated daily before production begins by a quality-control technician. This is the kind of technical sophistication a storefront lab just can't match.

For years we've been offering features the rest of the industry is now touting as "advanced". We call it The Most Advanced System for Photography. Here's why...

We stand behind every product and service we offer with our Famous 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. You must be absolutely delighted with your order. If not, we'll make it right or refund your money. Whichever you prefer.

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