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HOME CINÉ

The chief attraction of home ciné is for people who enjoy planning, filming and screening the movies they have made as well as collectors who search out 8mm, 9.5mm and 16mm prints of commercial films and show them at home. For television enthusiasts the ciné scene is also a fertile source of film prints of old television programmes and camera lenses, even if these need a bit of searching out.

Many amateur movie makers produce extremely accomplished works which win awards and are shown widely. There is also a strong overlap of interests with the ciné collectors who enjoy showing film but are not movie makers themselves. Several of the latter have built their own home cinemas to which they invite friends and in many cases these are quite elaborate affairs complete with seats from closed down cinemas and the proper motorised curtains !

The movie makers themselves tend to use current or at least fairly current equipment, although a small number enjoy using pre-war hardware, often in the 9.5mm gauge. Then again, some people simply collecting the equipment just for the sheer joy of it.


Magazines

  • AMERICAN CINÉ ENTHUSIAST, Box 563, Tarrytown, NY 10591 (+1 914 631 6022). Subscription magazine that slants towards the nostalgia side of the cine hobby.
  • The BIG REEL, Empire Publishing Co., 3130 US 220, Madison, NC 27025, USA. Monster 100-page monthly from the States, unbelievable number of advertisers and goodies. Individual copies £6 airmail or £60 for a year's subscription (12 issues), also frequently on sale at Tower Records, Piccadilly Circus, London.
  • CAMCORDER USER. This bookstand monthly has a regular home cine feature and is worth reading for this.
  • CINÉ SCENE MONTHLY, 38 Wheatfield Road, Northampton (01604-406758). Films and equipment sales and wants newsletter.
  • FILM FOR THE COLLECTOR, 99 High Street, Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1QP (01384-233191). Quarterly subscription magazine with feature articles and small ads, aimed at film lovers and people who collect commercial films for home projection.
  • FLICKERS, the magazine of the VINTAGE FILM CIRCLE (Alex Woolliams, 11 Norton Road, Knowle, Bristol, BS4 2EZ). Premier organisation for those interested in this subject, founded 1956. Many ads of films for sale.
  • SILVER SCREEN, Rob Glazier, 47 Hollytree Avenue, Swanley, Kent, BR8 7BB. Subscription magazine, mainly for collectors of vintage films for home projection.
  • SUPER 8 REVIEW, an independent review of nearly all new Super 8 film releases. Bound-in supplement to FILM FOR THE COLLECTOR (above).
  • VINTAGE CINEMA GAZETTE. Publication suspended.

Publications

  • A BOLEX HISTORY by Andrew Alden. Comprehensive history of these home movie cameras, £10 plus postage. www.bolex.co.uk
  • BRITISH UNIVERSITIES FILM & VIDEO COUNCIL (BUFVC), 77 Wells Street, London, W1P 3RE (020-7393 1500, fax 020-7393 1555). Publisher of four essential books for people researching old films and TV programmes, the Researcher's Guide to British Film and TV Collections and Researcher's Guide to British Newsreels, volumes I, II, III. Free descriptive brochures on request.
  • FOTOSAGA FRENCH MOVIE CAMERAS CATALOGUE. Illustrated list of 200 different types. FotoSaga, Patrice-Hervé Pont, F-58420 Neuilly, France (+33 8629 6313, fax +33 8629 0507). Price FF 145 post-paid.
  • FRENCH 9.5MM SOUND FILM CATALOGUE. Full details of nearly 300 titles, £3.50 post-paid from Grahame Newnham, 22 Warren Place, Calmore, Southampton, S040 2SD.
  • THE HOME CINEMA and A HALF CENTURY OF FILM COLLECTING, both by Gerald McKee. Highly acclaimed, details from the author, Gerald McKee, 7 Lordslaine Close, The Meads, Eastbourne, Sussex.
  • THE BIG REEL, Empire Publishing Co., 3130 US 220, Madison, NC 27025, USA. Monster 100-page monthly from the States, unbelievable number of advertisers and goodies. Individual copies £6 airmail or £60 for a year's subscription (12 issues). Individual copies on sale at Tower Records, Piccadilly Circus, London.

Societies

  • GROUP 9.5, 4 Higher Mead, Lychpit, Basingstoke, Hants., RG24 8YL. For anyone interested in the 9.5mm gauge (past or present). A quarterly magazine is published for members and various meetings are held throughout the year (editor's address: Malcolm Cutmore, 45 Danbury Road, Loughton, Essex, IG10 3AR).
  • INSTITUTE OF AMATEUR CINEMATOGRAPHERS (IAC), 24c West Street, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 7RJ (01372-739672). The IAC offers many services to film video and audio-visual enthusiasts, from technical advice and copyright clearance to competitions and help in choosing background music. Free magazine to members.
  • SINGLE-8 ASSOCIATION, 2 Euclid Avenue, Grappenhall, Warrington, Lancs., WA4 2PS (01925-262876).
  • CINÉ 9.5 NEDERLAND, Zutendaalstraat 21, 1066 KT Amsterdam, Netherlands (+31 20-617 2725, fax +31 20-688 0618). Dutch 9.5mm society.
  • CLUB NIEPCE LUMIERE (Association Culturelle pour la Recherce et la Préservation d'Appareils, d'Images et de Documents Photographiques et Cinématiques). Alain Gomet +33 1 4011 1675, fax +33 1 3419 7445). Holds collectors fairs in collaboration with Le Comité International des Collectionneurs de Cinéma at Engien-les-Bains.

Repair Specialists

  • PROJECTOR SERVICING, Newport (01633-871657). Teflon worm gear retrofit for Bell & Howell projectors.
  • AVON AUDIO VISUAL, 5 Monmouth Place, Bath, Somerset, BA1 2AT. Tel: 01225-465489. Film repair, film sales and cine-to-video transfer. Web site: www.avonaudiovisual.co.uk
  • AXCO (020-8346 8302) for Bolex, Eumig and Silva equipment. Ask for 'Nobby'.
  • The 8MM SHED SHOP. 108 Aldridge Avenue, Stanmore, Middx. HA7 1DD. Tel 020 8204 8434. John White provides spares and repair services for all leading makes of slide, overhead and ciné projectors. Web site at www.the8mmshedshop.co.uk Email: the8mmshedshop@btopenworld.com.
  • JRC CAMERA REPAIRS, 2 Forge Cottage, High Street, Ewelme, Oxon., OX10 6HQ (01491-34403) for bell & Howell Super 8 projectors, also belts and lampholders to fit most projectors.
  • PHOTO-CINÉ J. MULLER, 17 Rue des Plantes, 75014 Paris, France (+33 1 4540 9365). 9.5mm specialist, Pathe spares and lamps, repair service.
  • PROJECTOR SERVICE (Jan Brzezinka), 16 Woodlands Road, Lancaster, LA1 2EN (01524-64638). Old amplifiers updated, new sound heads built.
  • PROJECTOR SERVICES NORTHERN IRELAND, 23 Lansdowne Drive, Newtownards, Co. Down, N. Ireland, BT23 4GL. Tel/Fax: 028 91823013. Web site: www.projectorservicesni.com  Email: projectorservices65@btinternet.com  Specialist repairs and servicing for most types of slide, overhead, 8mm, 16mm and "cube" type projectors. They specialise in Kodak Carousel, Extapro , Elf/Eiki, Bell & Howell, Debrie, Telex Caramate, Elite, Nobo etc. Most spares are held in stock including lamps. They can often supply very old and vintage lamps and spares. Any Kodak Carousel projector can be repaired, no matter how old. Established 25 years.
  • TRANSPORT & ARCHIVE FILMS (NORTHAMPTON), 38 Wheatfield Road, Northampton (01604-406758). Repairs, lamps, valves, service.
  • WIDESCREEN CENTRE (020-7935 2580) for Beaulieu equipment.

Specialist dealers and services

  • CAMERA CENTRE, 53 High Street, Hailsham, Sussex, BN27 1AR (01323-840559, fax 01323-442295). Projectors (8mm and 16mm), lamps, accessories.
  • CAMERAS IN THE PLAZA, Lemon Street, Truro, Cornwall (01872-865893). Cine cameras and projectors.
  • Paul FOSTER, 38a Hill Street, Bradley, Bilston, WV14 8SB (tel/fax 01902-353514). Films for sale, regular lists.
  • INDEPENDENT 8, 86 Ramney Drive, Enfield, Middx., EN3 6DX (01992-652792). New and secondhand 8mm and 16mm films and equipment.
  • John G. JONES, 292 Hatherley Road, Cheltenham, Glos., GL51 6HR (01242-245348). 16mm editing equipment, projector spares and lamps.
  • NEWTON PHOTO-CINÉ, 43 Wolborough Street, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 1JQ (01626-335494). New and used 8mm and 16mm cine equipment and films, projector lamps.
  • Warton PARFITT, 101 Roston Drive, Hinckley, Leics. LE10 0UQ. Films, projectors, cameras, spares for 8mm, 9.5 and 16mm. Web site: web.onetel.com/~parfittwar/
  • PHOTO VERDEAU, 16 Passage Verdeau, Paris. Selection of old still cameras and cine equipment.
  • THE PROJECTION BOX, 66 Culverden Road, London, SW12 9LS. Publishers of books on pre-cinema, early film and optical recreations.
  • INTERNATIONAL CINEMA EQUIPMENT Co. Inc., 100 NE 39th Street, Miami, Florida, 33137-3632, USA (00 1 305-573 7339, fax 00 1 305-573 8101. New and used 16mm and 35mm projection lenses, etc.
  • Andrew ALDEN Vintage film equipment - amateur, professional and newsreel - bought and sold. Web site: www.bolex.co.uk
  • ANCHOR SURPLUS, The Cattle Market, Nottingham, NG2 3GY (0115-986 4902, 864041, fax 0115-986 4667). Projector lamps and belts, lenses, film cameras and tripods, mainly government surplus. Open seven days a week.
  • BRISTOL CINÉ SALES, 246 North Street, Ashton, Bristol, BS3 1JD (0117-966 6066). All kinds of movie supplies by mail. Retail shop under the name of Bernard Hunter.
  • BUCKINGHAM FILM & VIDEO SERVICES, 43 Broomfield, Milton Keynes MK12 6HA. Tel: 01908 315110. Good stock of old films and projectors in 8mm, Super 8, 9.5mm and 16mm gauges. Regular sales lists (send SAE).
  • W. BURCHER, 676 Foxhall Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP3 8NQ. 16mm films, projector lamps and spares.
  • CAMERA CENTRE, 53 High Street, Hailsham, Sussex, BN27 1AR (01323-840559, fax 01323-442295). Projectors (8mm and 16mm), lamps, accessories.
  • CAMEREX, The Space Place, Alphinbrook Road, Marsh Barton, Exeter, Devon, EX2 8RG (01392-70717, fax 01392-72234). Projectors, cameras and lenses for 8 and 16mm.
  • Tony CHURCHER CINE, 6 Field Ridge, Shaw, Newbury, Berks. (01635-32460). 1600 and 2400-feet reels for Super 8 projectors.
  • CINÉ-SCOPE, 22 Belvedere Road, Taunton, TA1 1BW (01823-351705, 01278-662835). Features and shorts, classics to modern on 8, 9.5 and 16mm. Send A5 SAE for free monthly catalogue.
  • CLARK RELEASING, 2 Orpington Road, Winchmore Hill, London, N21 3PG (tel/fax 020-8360 9298). Mail order supplier of Super 8 movies, video tapes and films.
  • COLLECTOR CAMERA, 14 Bury Place, Bloomsbury, London, WC1A 2JL (020-7404 6869). Old and unusual cameras, projectors and optical items.
  • COLOUR TECHNIQUE, Finch Cottage, Finch Lane, Knotty Green, Beaconsfield, Bucks., HP9 2TL (01494-672757). Cine film copying, size enlargement and reduction between gauges.
  • C.W. CRAMP, 17 Bedford Road, Horsham, Sussex, RH13 5BL. Long established film dealer, specialising in 9.5mm silent and sound film. Regular sales lists available (send SAE).
  • DANE FILMS, Dane House, 82 Crantock Street, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 1JW (01637-872626). Fast mail order service of new and used 16mm and Super 8 films, also buy in. Free lists.
  • DERANN, 99 High Street, Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1QP (01384-233191, fax 01384-456488). 'Everything the Super 8 enthusiast could wish for'. UK's leading dealer in new and used 8mm equipment and films. Regular Sunday open days. Mail order, free catalogues.
  • FILMTEK FILM & VIDEO SERVICES, 122 Gordon Road, Ealing, London, W13 8PJ (020-8997 1841). Film to video transfers in 8mm. Super 8, 9.5mm and 16mm gauges, also spares and repairs for cine equipment, second-hand projectors.
  • Paul FOSTER, 38a Hill Street, Bradley, Bilston, WV14 8SB (tel/fax 01902-353514). Films for sale, regular lists.
  • HINGSTON FILMS, 119 High Street North, Stewkley, Leighton Buzzard, Beds., LU7 0EX (01525-240369). Super 8 films for sale and hire.
  • INDEPENDENT 8, 86 Ramney Drive, Enfield, Middx., EN3 6DX (01992-652792). New and secondhand 8mm and 16mm films and equipment.
  • INTERNATIONAL CINEMA EQUIPMENT Co. Inc., 100 NE 39th Street, Miami, Florida, 33137-3632, USA (00 1 305-573 7339, fax 00 1 305-573 8101. New and used 16mm and 35mm projection lenses, etc.
  • John G. JONES, 292 Hatherley Road, Cheltenham, Glos., GL51 6HR (01242-245348). 16mm editing equipment, projector spares and lamps.
  • LEE'S CAMERAS (HOLBORN) Ltd, (Tel: + 44 (0)20 8202 9918, fax + 44 (0)20 8203 6684). e-mail: sales@leescameras.demon.co.uk Web sites: www.leescameras.demon.co.uk and www.leescameras.com Specialists in Cine Equipment, Films & Accessories & Slide Projectors & Accessories, etc. Extensive stocks of new and second-hand Super 8 and 16mm cine equipment, also some films. Lenses and accessories in quantity. Film transferred to VHS and DVD.
  • LGP CINÉ, 231/233 Imperial Drive, Rayner's Lane, Harrow, Middx., HA2 7HE (020-8868 0206, fax 020-8866 8789). Accessories for Super 8, recording tape, film stock and other now hard-to-find items.
  • LORELL OF LUTON, 304 Oakley Road, Luton, Beds. (01582-591706, fax 01582-493805). Projectors, viewers, lenses, etc for Super 8.
  • J. MORRIS-JONES, 49 Holbrook Street, Heanor, Derbys., DE75 7AY (01773-713315). Good quality 16mm movies, projectors and spares.
  • Grahame NEWNHAM, 22 Warren Place, Calmore, Southampton, Hants., SO40 2SD (023-8086 5086). Second-hand 9.5 and 16mm films, also lenses and other cine items. gln@pathefilm.freeserve.co.uk
  • NEWTON PHOTO-CINÉ, 43 Wolborough Street, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 1JQ (01626-335494). New and used 8mm and 16mm cine equipment and films, projector lamps.
  • OLD TIMER CAMERAS Ltd, Box 28, Gables Avenue, Borehamwood, Herts., WD6 4SY (020-8953 5479). Instruction books & repair manuals for old equipment.
  • Warton PARFITT, 101 Roston Drive,Hinckley, LE10 0UQ (01455-616466). Films, projectors, cameras, spares for 8mm, 9.5 and 16mm. parfittwar@onetel.net.uk
  • PERRY'S MOVIES Ltd, 231/233 Imperial Drive, Rayner's Lane, Harrow, Middx., HA2 7HE (020-8866 0943, fax 020-8866 4741). 'London's largest selection of Super 8 new and used sound films and equipment'.
  • PHOTO-CINÉ J. MULLER, 17 Rue des Plantes, 75014 Paris, France (+33 1 4540 9365). 9.5mm specialist, Pathe spares and lamps, repair service.
  • PHOTO VERDEAU, 16 Passage Verdeau, Paris. Selection of old still cameras and cine equipment.
  • PINEDENE FILMS, 99 Hill Lane, Southampton, SO1 5AE (023-8063 1680). Buy and sell 8mm and 16mm films.
  • The PROJECTION BOX, 66 Culverden Road, London, SW12 9LS. Publishers of books on pre-cinema, early film and optical recreations.
  • RITZ FILMS, 47 St Helens Road, Leamington Spa, Warks., CV31 3QG (01924-427724). Buy and sell films, cinema furniture.
  • Edward SMYTH, 5 Gaunt Close, Bramley, Rotherham, Yorks., S66 0YH (01709-701825). 16mm feature films, projectors, lenses, Elf spares.
  • Roger SPENCE, 12 Hayton Wood View, Aberford, Leeds, Yorks., LS25 3AN. Film stock, cameras and projectors for 9.5mm (send SAE for lists).
  • Ken VALENTINE, 29 Highfield Road, Bushey, Watford, Herts., WD2 2HD (01923-242156). Service and repairs to vintage collectors.
  • Chris WHITE, 9 Elmbridge Drive, Ruislip, Middx., HA4 7XD (01895-634610 after 11.30). 16mm films for sale.
  • The WIDESCREEN CENTRE, 48 Dorset Street, London, W1H 3FH (020-7935 2580, fax 020-7486 1272). Also at 18 Lady Bay Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 5BJ (0115-945 5459). Leading supplier of 8mm cameras, projectors, film and accessories.
  • J.C WILKINSON, Photographic Chemist, 6 Buxton Road, High Lane, Stockport, Ches., SK6 8BH (01663-762235). Film stock, cameras, accessories and some second-hand items for single and Super 8.
  • X ELECTRICAL, 61 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 (020-7704 1124). Secondhand emporium stocking cine, photographic and video equipment. Other shops at 125 King Street, Hammersmith (020-8563 7383) and 4 Station Buildings, Fife Road, Kingston (020-8546 1233).

Film libraries

  • BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE, Bookings Department, 21 Stephen Street, London, W1T 1LN. (Tel: 020 7957 4755,  Fax: 020 7580 5830)  Email: bookings.films@bfi.org.uk The BFI has thousands of films on 16mm available for hire.
  • CENTRAL FILM LIBRARY, CFL Distribution Centre, Box 35, Wetherby, Yorks., LS23 7EX. (01937-541010, fax 01937-541083). This is the long-established Central Office of Information film library, with many 16mm documentaries and other films to borrow.
  • FILMBANK DISTRIBUTORS Ltd., Grayton House, 498/504 Fulham Road, London, SW6 5NH (020-7386 3411). Main commercial hire library for 16mm cinema films.
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