Walgreens is one of America’s largest drugstore chains which has dedicated ‘photo labs’ at most of its 8000+ stores spread all over the country.
Knowing that film-based cameras are still used by many people today, you may be wondering: does Walgreens develop film? Here is everything I’ve uncovered about this topic!
Does Walgreens Develop Film?
Some select Walgreens stores with a ‘photo lab’ process 35mm film, charging $14.99 per 24 exposures and providing a free photo CD of digital images. These are ready for pick-up in 3-5 business days. Some stores even process APS, 110 film, 127 film, negatives, and disposable cameras. It is recommended to call before visiting to check if your Walgreens offers this service.
If you want to learn more about the types of films Walgreens develops, the cost and delivery time, as well as options other than getting prints, keep on reading!
What Types Of Films Does Walgreens Develop?
All Walgreens stores that have photo labs develop 35mm film. However, some stores have the additional capability of developing 110 films and 127 films.
You will have to contact your local Walgreens store in advance and ask whether their photo lab develops these additional film types since not all stores do so.
Do Walgreens Stores Develop Film From Disposable Cameras?
Yes, some select Walgreens stores also develop film from disposable or single-use cameras. However, since this service is not available in all stores with photo labs, it is best to call up the store you are visiting and ask them about this beforehand.
How Much Does It Cost To Develop Film At Walgreens?
The standard price for developing 35mm film into 4×6 size prints is $14.99 per 24 exposures. You can also get 8×10 size prints of the same film type at $3.99 each.
The following table shows the total costs for getting 12, 24, 27, 36, and 39 exposures for 35mm film and 4×6 prints:
Note that Walgreens has not published the official prices for 110 or 127 film since not all stores offer the service to develop these and so the prices vary.
How Long Does Walgreens Take To Develop Film?
Once you have deposited your film at the photo lab in your local Walgreens store, it will be ready for pickup in 3-5 business days. This extended time is because Walgreens uses external vendors to develop your film.
Do All Walgreens Stores Have Photo Labs?
Most Walgreens stores have photo labs and so will develop film. However, specialty stores like stand-alone Walgreens pharmacies do not offer these services.
You can use the Walgreens store locator to find the location, contact details, and open hours of stores near you and call them up to learn about the services they offer for developing films.
When Can You Drop Off Your Film At Walgreens Photo Labs?
You can drop off your film for development at Walgreens photo labs at any time during regular store hours. This includes stores that are open 24 hours a day. You can also pick up your processed film and photos at any time during regular hours as well.
If you’re not sure what the regular hours of the stores near you are, you can always use the Walgreens store locator to find the open hours for each store close to you.
Do You Have Options Other Than Getting Prints Of Your Photos?
You can get a photo CD of all the developed images in your film, along with prints of your photos.
Earlier, this used to cost extra, with photo CDs developed from film costing $10.48 and that developed from negatives costing $5.99.
However, Walgreens has now scraped this extra cost and offers a free photo CD containing all your images included in the $14.99 you pay for 24 exposures.
Will You Receive Your Negatives Or Original Film After These Are Developed?
No, you will not receive your negatives or original film once these have been developed. This is standard practice for retailers that develop films, i.e., they dispose of the original film or negatives after development.
If you want to have a backup of all your images, you can get a photo CD containing all the photos in digital format. This comes free along with the prints if you’re buying the basic $14.99 package for 24 exposures.
Do Walgreens Stores Develop Negatives?
Yes, most Walgreens stores with photo labs develop images from negatives.
Additionally, if you are looking for more photo services from Walgreens, you can also see my posts on taking passport photos at Walgreens, printing documents and PDFs, custom postcards, and scanning photos at Walgreens.
Walgreens does indeed develop 35mm film at all of its stores that have photo labs, charging $14.99 for 24 exposures and providing a free photo CD of all the images. At some stores, you can get other film types like 110, and 127 films, negatives, and disposable (single-use) cameras developed. Walgreens takes 3-5 business days to ready your processed photos.