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Refurbished / Restored 16mm Movie Film Portable. Repaired second-hand 16mm film projectors occasionally by Telex, B&H, BELL and HOWELL, SINGER, GRAFLEX, KODAK, Elmo, Chinon, Sankyo and others. 16mm film projectors for viewing, copying / converting film to video / DVD, computer or VHS.

















We fully test each projector offered for sale. We use film that is in good shape, with sprocket holes that are not worn. Each projector is checked for belt / drive condition, frame sync, lamp(s) condition, switching condition, focus, Sound quality (where applicable), AC safety, excess transport noise and overall function. Each is cleaned and lubed where necessary. Projector should be "ready to go" when you receive it, however film projectors are complicated machines and film can be very fragile, especially older film (and most of it is). Always check your films sprocket holes for quality. Worn, deformed, torn, stretched sprocket holes and warped film will cause problems when playing back which typically manifests itself in shutter glitches and noise. The problems may only last a frame or can last seconds or indefinitely if the film is in really bad shape. (Probably 70-80% of our test films have sprocket hole issues.) Also double check the loading and always go slow and load carefully, as that is when most problems happen. While our projectors are warranted for their basic function, we cannot guarantee that you will always get glitch free viewing and that films will not break and be "eaten", especially during the loading process. It doesn't happen often, in fact rarely, but we all remember watching school films and the teacher having to stop and splice, rewind or further adjust the film and projector to continue.


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Notes on 'Reel to Reel' Film Projectors:

Auto-Load: While "Auto-Load" can work to varying degrees on different film projectors models, it is notorious for eating films. The overall design went through an evolution over the years, but even the best designs will eat films on occasion. This is usually due to poorly trimmed film, excessive curling of film (usually associated with smaller reel diameters), bent / crumpled leader ends. An excessively "curled" film can be almost impossible to "auto-load". Film eating can also be due to projector maintenance issues and poorly designed transport sprockets.

Projector Chatter: A well maintained and properly adjusted projector should not "chatter" when projecting film with good condition / clean sprocket holes and properly done splices. However, even the best projectors will chatter when trying to project film with torn, worn, missing and otherwise imperfect sprocket holes and bad splices.

Fast Wind / Rewind Sluggishness: This can typically be due to 3 issues. 1: Hardened / varnished internal lubes (pretty much a given on any electro-mechanical device over 10 years old even if it's described as "New In Box"); 2: Glazed rubber parts, belts and / or tires that no longer have any "grip" characteristics to turn associated wheels / tires / mechanism (also pretty much a given on any electro-mechanical device over 10 years old even if it's described as "New In Box". 3: Weak clutch springs, migrated lubes on clutch surfaces, burnished felt pads on clutch surfaces

Film breakage: Other than "Auto-Load" / Loading issues, most film breakage is caused not from the actual film breaking, but from previous splices breaking. Most any film over 50 feet will contain splices and some that are shorter will as well. If you are going to be running film through a projector, you WILL want need to have a splice block and FRESH splice tape for your format(s) of film handy. You WILL break film. Not much is more frustrating than to have a broken film in the middle of a project with half of it residing on the take-up reel and the other half still on the "feed" reel and no way to repair or make the splice.

Flicker-Free / Flicker-Reduction: Flicker is usually an issue when doing film to video transfers. It manifests itself by an image that varies in degrees of brightness, similar to watching some of the early 1900 silent films. It happens due to the film shutter and the video camera shutter, being "out of sync".
Typically silent film is shot at 18fps (frames per second), and sound film at 24fps. Video operates at 30fps. "fps" refers to how many times per second an image is projected or picked up. Even if both were the same fps, they would not be in sync, without a lot of very sophisticated equipment that is beyond the scope of most users means. There are a number of "work-arounds" to reduce or eliminate flicker. The first, and best is to use a 5-bladed shutter model projector. Some projectors can be retrofitted with a 5-blade shutter or may have come originally with one. These can be relatively expensive. The flicker is eliminated by projecting more images than is necessary for the video camera to pickup, thus there is always a projected image regardless of whether the video camera shutter is open or closed.
The next way is to use a "semi-pro" or professional video camera that has an "infinitely variable" speed shutter. As of this writing, the low end of those cost $2000 and can go up to around $5000 before reaching "pro" status. Flicker can be reduced or eliminated in some cases, by "riding" the camera speed control, while monitoring the video signal on a monitor (the control needs to be infinitely variable. Having 2 or 3 different speed choices is not sufficient).
The easiest and typically least expensive way to reduce or sometimes eliminate flicker is to vary the speed of the projector. Many film projectors came with a "variable speed" (needs to be an "infinitely variable" type and not just a choice between 2 or 3 speeds) control from the factory. If not, some lend themselves to being modified by a qualified technician by having one added. Another possible way to achieve variable speed on a projector that doesn't have one is to control it externally, using a device such as a "vari-AC" (have a qualified technician determine if your projector is a candidate for use with a vari-AC and know it's limitations and methods for safe use. If a variable speed projector is used, again simply "ride" the speed control while monitoring the image on the video monitor, as you would with a variable speed camera. Flicker cannot always be eliminated, but can usually be reduced to an undetectable degree.

Lamps / Bulbs: Due to the intensity required to project a small image from film, through a small hole, only part of each second, some times distances of 40 feet, projection lamps must be very powerful. This power comes at the price of short life. Most projector lamps have life spans of 10-50 hours and are very fragile thus, should be handled carefully.

Lens 'Flare': Due to the intensity required to project a small image from film some lens / lamp combinations may have 'Lens Flare' effect which shows up as an excessively bright spot when using a video camera. While this would not have likely been an issue when projecting an image 10-30 feet, onto a screen as projectors were originally designed to do, it may show up when projecting only a few inches through a 'film to video transfer box' into a video camera. Every lens / bulb / video camera combination will be different, and most will not exhibit this issue. Short of experimenting with different bulb models (electrical design integrity must be maintained) we are not aware of a 'fix' for this without changing to a completely different projector / lens / lamp combo.

Noise: Film projectors are very complicated mechanical things, with lots of moving and integrated parts. There will always be a degree of mechanical noise made by any film projector. It will very in degree by model. Some will be relatively quiet and some will seem quite noisy.

Silent / Sound switch: This is more of an issue with 16mm Film projectors, but the "Silent / Sound" / "Speed" mechanical switch should never be manipulated with the projector is not running. To do so in most cases, will require the projector be partially disassembled to re-seat the drive belt. Again, this is usually not a problem with 8mm units or units that make the change electronically.

Sound quality: "Consumer" film in either 8 or 16mm formats had varying degrees of sound quality. There were many factors that could and can effect sound quality. One is the accuracy of the camera that shot the film originally. If it's speed was not correct or constant, that sound will be imprinted on the film and will play back no better. Sound can vary from usable to laughable in quality, so don't expect Hi-Fi quality by any stretch of the imagination.

Still Function: In order to do "Still" image projection the film must stop. In doing this, most projectors will engage a lamp filter to reduce the amount of light, thus heat hitting a single frame of film. Also, since projection principle incorporates rotating "blades" that alternatively block light, there is no guarantee that when you stop forward motion, you will be on a blade opening, thus light may be partially or completely blocked. This will result in a partial or no image. It sometimes takes 2 to a dozen tries to get the "sync" correct, so you see a complete image. Further since there is a filter or light block used in "still" mode, the brightness of the image will be reduced. Note; due to the tremendous amount of heat produced by most projection lamps, a projector should not be left in "still" mode for more than a few seconds. Longer may result in warped, melted or severed film and a mess to clean up in side the projector film gate.

Zoom Lens: Zoom actuation will vary on different projector models. Some lenses actually have to be physically pulled or pushed to zoom.

Foot note: Film projectors 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 towards it's natural state and become a gooey tar. Virtually every used projector out there will need and require 4-18 hours of technician time to be brought to a "usable" state. Simply "turning one on and getting some things to spin with no smoke coming out" is not a revealing test, nor a basis for making a decision to purchase. Our typical customer has previously purchased 3-5 units from individual sellers, who generally stated such things as, "we turned the unit on and it works fine", or "we ran a reel of film through it and it worked great", or "never used, still in box" (those are usually the worst condition and the most difficult to breath life back into), or my personal favorite, "no way to test, but projector looks like it should run great!" Needless to say, none of those statements typically held true. It's not that people are trying to "rip anyone off" (I'm a believer that YOU are generally the person that allows yourself to get "ripped off"), it's just that most non-professional sellers of film projectors, stereo gear, guitars, microphones, keyboards or any other technically minded items should find other things to try and sell, such as old doilies and used baby booties. Heck, if I had an electron-microscope, a race horse, or an F-15 fighter jet, to sell, I would be the last person you would want to talk to about their "real" condition. All I would be able to say is, "it looks like an F-15, doesn't have any rust, and the tires are holding air. It must be ready to fly, right...!???"


*Due to stock levels, spare NEW lamps that are sometimes included with projectors, may ship separately at a later date. Projector always comes shipped with existing lamp to get you started.



Sorry, but we're currently 'SOLD OUT' of Restored / Repaired / Working 16mm Film Projectors.
We will add any that are readied in the future. Please email to be added to the 'wish list'.


               NEW LISTING 7/21/09
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Circa 1949
for sale

Great looking, post Art Deco, but with great design, this 1949 Ampro "Stylist", 16mm film projector would be a great decor addition to many home theaters. It actually does run fairly well, but is un-restored and "As-Found" condition, so if someone were to wish to actually use it, it should at least have some general maintenance done to it. It does have a 1/4" phono jack for the speaker, and does include a speaker built into the case cover / lit.
Looks fabulous! Measures 13" high x 25" wide x 11" deep and weighs 35 lbs unpacked (case dems 19" x 16" x 10.5"). Comes with original, but working, DDY, 120V / 750 watt projection bulb / lamp installed. Film and reels in photos not included.
osmetic Condition 9+
$349. As-Is / As-Found condition




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Metal 16mm Motion Picture Film Projector Empty Take-Up reels

1600 ft* - $25. ea.  CURRENTLY SOLD OUT

*In stock and our most popular size and for you interior designers, they are 13.75" in overall diameter and can be painted any color!

800 ft - $20. ea. -SOLD OUT

400 ft
(7" in diameter) - $18. ea.




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Model 2120-S

Parting out:
email for part you need. Most parts $25-$35 ea. excluding motor or lens which are $75. ea.


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Model 2110

for sale
A Graflex made under the Singer name. These Graflex / Singer "INSTALOAD / XL's" are just about the easiest to use / load projectors you could ask for. They always seem to work well, run great, not eat / break film or wear sprocket holes and are just a joy to use. Features "One Lever" loading with arrows on the front easily showing how to thread film. Only 5 points to load into and all front loading! Also features easy push-button operation from the front, volume and tone controls, Dual front mounted speakers in the main housing (no need to keep the lid / cover near by) and easy to find large "thumbwheel" focus and "thumbwheel" frame adjustment. There is also a Hi / Lo setting to save Lamp life and for cooler running on the Lo setting. Great image projection from these as they feature huge "Super Bright"  2 Inch diameter lenses at f/1.4 for lots of light / image capability. Internal audio amplifier is a full 15 watts into 8 ohms. Can be used with an external speaker as there is a standard 1/4" phono plug mounted on the front edge for connection. Utilizes model ELJ 250 projection
bulb / lamp (included and installed) and BLC exciter bulb / lamp for audio (also included and installed). Operates from standard 60 Hz / 120 V AC current. We have completely checked out all functions and made any necessary adjustments and this unit is ready to go. Looks and works great! Threading, abbreviated instructions and lamp info inside lid / cover. Measures 14" high x 17" wide x 12.5" deep and weighs 40 lbs unpacked. Includes our standard 90 day limited warranty (excluding lamps / bulbs). Film and reels in photos not included. Does include a 1600 ft take-up reel.
Graflex / Singer
Instaload / XL
Model 2110
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