Why would they? It would have been extra work, and as long as there‘s enough storage space, why bother?
Throughout the 60s and early 70s, things changed dramatically for the movie industry. With the growing influence of television, many cinemas had to shut down.
I figure it was part of that change that the NSS facilities started to clear their warehouses. In Germany, distribution was done by the individual corporations, but things went the same way: During the 70s and 80s pretty much all of them cleared their inventories of old paper stock. Some was saved by collectors, but the vast majority was discarded.
It‘s still happening today: I recently stumbled over newspaper article on the web that described how the entire inventory of a Progress Film warehouse had already been delivered to a paper mill, where a guy from the local university discovered and saved it. They are now planning to file it, like a million pieces or what.
Progress Film was the exclusively distributor for socialist East-Germany, and the collection was said to contains material from early 1950s until 1990.
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