It is VERY difficult to find folks willing to work on "vintage"
film projectors, primarily due to parts
availability and the lack of techs.
are very complicated, electro-mechanical devices. There are many
sub-assemblies and systems within each, and all must be working well
together for the unit to function with any accuracy and dependability
and not "eat", damage or destroy your precious films and movies. The
moving parts always rely on lubricants to function properly and there
are commonly a rubber parts / components as well. Most projectors you
see available today, were originally sold from the 1950's through the
early 1980's. Thus at best, a projector is probably at least 25 years
old. Most are 30-40 years old. Interesting things happen to 30+ year old
lubricants and rubber parts. Lubricants actually coagulate and will
cause "close tolerance" parts to seize or freeze up rendering them
immobile. Rubber parts can become brittle and cracked, only to break
when the unit is started up. The rubber can also revert back towards
it's natural state and become a gooey tar like substance. Many folks
think you can simply install a new rubber belt, and a new projector lamp
/ bulb and it will be 'good to go'. While you might 'get lucky' and make
that happen, odds are most projectors will need a complete overhaul /
repair / restoration. Virtually every used projector out there will need
and require 4-18 hours of technician time to be brought to a "usable"
state. Simply 'repairing' an obvious symptom, is typically not enough to
address the issues a machine may have to any degree of usefulness. The
main 'fix' for a 30-40 year old film projector is to have 'the clock
rolled back' on it.
Most of these folks should be able to
assist in the repair / restoration of your Regular-8mm, Super-8
mm, Silent & Sound film / movie projectors by brands such as; Bell &
Howell, B&H, Canon, Cinestar, Chinon, De-Jur, Eumig, Gaf, Anscovision
Emdeko, Keystone, Kodak, Du-All, Moviedeck, Ektasound, Ekta-Sound,
Minolta, Revere, Sankyo, Dualux, Sears, Vernon, Vivtar, Wollensak and
8mm Film Projector
16mm Film Projector
(some of these shops will also do repairs on 8mm, 16mm, &
35mm cameras and projectors, as well as slide projectors and 'still /
California, Costa Mesa,
Phone: 949-295-0815 email; email@example.com
can likely repair many 8mm film
projectors and Super 8mm film projectors.
Granada Hills, ‘IJM Inc.’
phone: (818) 365-0385
“Is your equipment broken or do parts need to be replaced? We can help
- We repair film cameras and projectors in a professional, experienced
Diego ‘Kurts Camera Repair’ http://www.kurtscamerarepair.com/camera-repair.html
Phone 619-286-1810 / email:
“Kurt's can provide expert repair service on most all digital, video and
film cameras. We also specialize in 8mm, 16mm, and 35mm film projectors
and 35mm slide projectors.”
Bernadino 'area' 'Audio-Visual-Repair-West-Coast'
626-488-7653 / email:
years experience in repairing / restoring / refurbishing film
California, “Audio Visual Repair Westcoast” /AVR
Westcoast. Milt has over 30 years experience in the AV Industry,
work as a Tech for Bell & Howell Factory Service. Refurbishing vintage
projectors for Film School, Film Collectors, Individual who realize film
machines and Film have a longer existence than other medium!
Pride is a part of our Refurbishing process: Special attention is
given to Gears, clutches, belts, cam assembly, take -up, rewind,
electric components. Before we advise
individuals on ship their vintage projector to us: we like to discuss
the problem making sure we are able to complete the task, giving prices
and turnaround time! We Service the
following brand to name a few: Ampro, Argus, Baur, Bell &
Howell, Bolex, DeJur, Eastman Kodak, Eike, Elmo, Eumig, GAF,
Honeywell, Kalart, Victor, Wards, Sears, Sawyer. This covers
/ Super-8mm, Dual-8mm, Sound-8mm,
16mm optical sound and Magnetic sound. If your Brand is not
listed just give us a call, Refurbish carry a 90 Day Warranty.
We have an Inventory of Vintage Refurbish R-8 & S-8 only Dual-8
Sound 8 16mm optical/mag and Arc projector for
Sale which carry a 6 month warranty.
Projectors shipped to us receive a Discount due to high shipping
charges, proper packing is very important! PLEASE contact us by e:Mail
firstname.lastname@example.org or call
626-488-7653 6 days a week.
(call first with issue, and shipping
Milt Goodwin. Thanks for all your support ( San Bernardino Area)
PS. Jerry here from Oak Tree Vintage. I have spoken with Milt a
number of times and he’s a ‘straight up’ guy.
http://www.icamera.com/index.html phone: (312) 630-1017 /
I have spoken with them personally, and they are able to do repairs /
restoration on many 8mm & 16mm film projectors.
Camera Company”, 686 Lee St. Des Plaines, IL 60016
May offer repairs
of movie film and slide projectors in Illinois.
"Oddington TV & Radio" 1652 Annapolis Rd., Oddington, MD. 21113 phone;
have been servicing audio and
video gear since the mid 1950's
and will do 'some' repairs to 8mm film projectors. They are also able to
do 'shipped in' repairs. You will need to contact them first before
sending anything for repair to get an idea if they want to 'tackle' it.
“Sanford Camera Repair” Since 1955 Phone: 781-648-2505
“Sanford Camera Repair has an entire department dedicated to repairing
projectors. We carry a large inventory of replacement parts, and have a
full compliment of tools and alignment jigs especially designed for
Grand Rapids, 'Blackies TV' Modern & Vintage, Consumer &
Servicing / Repairing /
Restoring 8mm film projectors.
Smiths Creek, "A-Z
2312 Wadhams Rd., Smiths Creek, MI 48074
most 'quality /
vintage' and 'recent' consumer audio equipment but also have
repaired some 8mm film projectors as well. In some instances, they can
pick-up / delivery. They
can typically accept 'shipped in' units for repairs. Contact them first
about the details of your unit / circumstance.
Flushing, ‘Eltek Repair’ http://www.eltekrepair.com/
“Specialized only in 8mm film projectors and trans-videos, ELTEK provides
prompt, quality repair service to all brands and models.”
Queens / Forest Hills, ‘Marty's
Camera Repair’ phone: 718-793-4666
71-25 Austin St, Forest
Hills, NY 11375
“Marty's Camera repairs 8mm Film Projectors as well as most makes and
models of movie film and photographic equipment - Repairs Older /
vintage cameras with hard to find parts - 8mm,16mm & 35mm movie film
Camera and Projector repair – Slide Projector Repair”
Houston, 'Bammel TV' www.bammeltv.com/stereo-repair-houston
electronics / appliance service center in the Houston Area! Fast
IN-HOME, Carry In or Ship in / Ship out Service - 6 days A Week- All
THEY DO HOUSE CALLS!!!
Servicing most consumer electronics audio and
video equipment including some film projector
'Emergency TV Repair'
North Location: 8409 W. Burleigh | Milwaukee, WI 53220 | Phone:
South Location: 9433 W. Greenfield Ave. | West Allis, WI 53214 | Phone:
Hours: Weekdays 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturdays 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Emergency TV Repair has been
doing repairs in the Milwaukee area for over 55 years.
They may be able to repair your 8mm / 16mm film projector. Give the a
call to assess.
OUTSIDE OF THE USA
"Camera Check Point"
8mm film projector repairs, belts and more.
891-6960 / email:
"Here are a few
items they offer expert service on: •
Professional digital cameras • Film cameras • Digital video cameras /
Camcorders • Overhead projectors • 8mm film movie cameras • Light meters
• Lenses & Motor drives (winders) • Slide projectors • 16mm projectors •
8mm film movie projectors"
Middx., Stanmore “The 8mm Shed Shop”
Land Line Phone: 020 8204 8434
Repair Technician - John has many years of experience in audio-visual
repair. He can repair most Standard and Super 8 projectors, and most
slide and overhead projectors, and he works hard to provide excellent
one-on-one customer service.”
Again, we do not do any work on
'outside' equipment here at Oak Tree Enterprises, LLC. We only restore
and sell our own inventory. The above
'Repair / Restoration Resource' contacts are merely contacts we have amassed. You would
need to contact them directly with your needs. They may or may not
choose to take on your project based on many factors. We are not
endorsing their services in any manner and any business you choose to
pursue with any of them is at your risk / choice.
These are links around the US and
abroad that we are aware of
that can potentially do repairs on 8mm movie / film
projectors. Always check them out
independently on your own. Some may have the ability to
accept shipped units.
One of the most important aspects to sending a unit off for
repair or restoration, is to POSITIVELY INSURE that it has been packed sufficiently &
appropriately for safe transit. You must also inquire as to the ability of the
business that repairs / restores the unit to do the same. This cannot be
assumed. Even professional packaging companies may have 'new hires' that are not
experienced in packing, 'high-mass / fragile' electronics for safe transit, so
you must ask detailed questions as to the packing methods that will be utilized
and ascertain that they will be sufficient.
While transit damaged units are great for our parts business, almost
all damage to shipments is due to inadequate packaging. They are not
making most of these vintage units anymore, and it's a real shame when
we loose another piece, un-necessarily to unprofessional packing. You
know it's going to get 'rough handling', dropped, kicked, ran over, shot
at, and probably involved in a F5 tornado somewhere along the way, SO
PACK IT THAT WAY.
If you are one of the above listed companies and want
to modify your listing, or to be added to a category change, categories,
or be removed from the page completely, feel free to contact us.
If you would like your repair facility listed and feel it would be a
'good fit' for the page, feel free to contact us.
Hope this info helps.