Getting film developed and waiting for the prints to arrive is a process that still holds a special place in my heart because that’s how I got to know photography as I kid.
However, since digital cameras arrived on the scene, film photography is not as popular as it used to be, and finding a place to get film developed is also a difficult task.
Does Walgreens Develop Film?
Yes, you can get 35mm and other types of film developed at the photo department at certain Walgreens stores near you. You simply need to take your used film to your local Walgreens store, fill in the order form, and then drop it off together with your used film inside a sealed envelope. Give your local Walgreens store a call first before heading there because not all Walgreens stores develop film. So, it is essential to get in touch with them first.
Walgreens makes use of a third-party photo lab to develop the film, so your negatives are sent to this lab where they are developed and scanned to a disc. The disc is then returned to Walgreens where the photos on the disc are then printed onto the store’s photo paper.
Before you head off to Walgreens to get your film developed, please note that they will not return your negatives. They do give you the disc with the digital photos for free so it is a bonus if you would like to share your photos on social media.
And, to make sure that you are aware of the costs and turnaround times, please read further.
How Much Does It Cost To Develop Film At Walgreens?
Please see the following table for a cost breakdown.
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How Long Does It Take To Get Film Developed At Walgreens?
Walgreens does have a quicker turnaround time than Walmart and you can expect to wait for anything from 7 to 10 days to get your prints.
Does Walgreens Develop Film Well?
From my personal experience, the prints at Walgreens are not that great. But that said, this can vary from store to store. And as mentioned, they will also not return your negatives, so keep this in mind if getting your negatives back is important to you.
Does 35mm Film Expire?
Yes, 35mm film does expire 2 to 3 years after it has been manufactured, so it is best to make use of it before then. It is worth noting that color film will show signs of expiration before black and white film.
What Happens If You Don’t Develop Film?
As mentioned above, film will expire after 2 to 3 years and if you don’t develop film until this deadline is reached, then it will start to become foggy and dull, and the colors will start to fade. So, as you can see, it is best to have it developed as soon as you can.
Should I Put Film In The Fridge?
If you need to store color film for longer than 6 months, then you should consider storing it in a fridge. Black and white film, however, can safely be stored at room temperature. If you can, try to store the film in its original packaging.
As you can see, Walgreens does indeed develop film. You can get various types of film developed, including 35mm and you only have to wait up to 10 days to get the prints back. But, the quality of the prints leaves a bit to be desired.
CVS would be my preferred choice because the quality of the prints from CVS is better and the waiting time is also not too bad. That said, if there isn’t a CVS store near you then you should definitely give Walgreens a try.