Road Movie Mobile Cinema

Where to hire, buy & sell #16mm & #Super8 films #Australia

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When Road Movie Mobile Cinema started in 1999 we used to screen 16mm reel-to-reel films all the time. This was later replaced with digital, as it’s a lot more convenient to use as a mobile cinema. However there is still strong love for the format and there is nothing like the clicking of a projector at the back of a hall to bring back those memories.

Even though we don’t screen the 16mm format much anymore we still have the projectors and equipment to make it possible. It’s a fantastic way to hold a nostalgia movie night. However you need to be aware that some film prints have aged worse than others and if you are planning a movie night using reel-to-reel films you may want to be prepared for a few scratches on the film and possibly some fading of the colour.

I still get lots of people asking me where can I get my hands on films – reel films. 16mm films, Super 8 films and projectors?

A great place for film collectors to buy and sell is the ‘Reel Deals’ magazine.

1. Reel Deals Magazine
A 12 month subscription (4 editions) will cost:
Australia: $20.00
New Zealand: $ 25.00 air mail
Elsewhere: AU$ 30.00 air mail
It’s the perfect place to buy or sell; Projectors, Editors, Splicers, Lenses and Memorabilia. Click on the link below to see the website.

Reel Deals

2. National Film & Sound Archive of Australia
The NFSA also offer film and video for loan to cinemas, film festivals, film societies and educational, cultural and community organisations.
Access is through two separate catalogues:
National Film & Sound Archive of Australia
Non-theatrical lending collection

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3. Amalgamated Movies

Amalgamated Movies hold one of the largest 16mm Classic Film libraries in the Southern Hemisphere with over 1000 titles in their collection. All prints are checked proir to booking and come at affordable hire rates.

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4. Dress Circle Magazine
Dress Circle magazine from Lithgow NSW.
Subscription is $25 for four issues and subscribers may advertise themselves free. For further information please contact:
or call Ross Adams on (02) 6353 1897

I hope these contacts help and you can always surf Ebay for films, however most sellers are in the USA, so watch the postage costs.

Happy film collecting & watching!

If anyone knows of other places to buy, hire, sell and collect films in Australia please add your comments to this post.

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Very informative, Andy. Another source, and contacts-full read, is Dress Circle magazine from Lithgow NSW. No website but email to or talk to the enthusiastic Ross Adams on (02) 6353 1897. Sub is $25 for four issues. Subscribers may advertise themselves free.

Comment by David Donaldson

Great! Thanks for the extra info.



People who want to buy take up reels, film cement, film stock and processing (to shoot their own films) or want their personal films scanned and restored should speak to DVD Infinity in Sydney. Have a look at the following restoration page

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