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Can I Rent a Film Projector?

By Dillon Wallace

Alright. So, you just helped your grandma do some belated spring cleaning and among the countless varieties of Santa Claus figurines and crocheted blankets, you found an old, forgotten box labeled “Home Movies.”


You inhale and blow a thick layer of dust off the top before prying open the cardboard flaps like a kid at Christmas.

Inside is a goldmine of old 8mm film reels.

Several tin cans are marked with everything from “Vacation ‘64” to “Christmas ‘66” and “Family Reunion ‘71.” You’re overwhelmed by the blast from the past, but there’s just one problem –– there’s no film projector in sight. You ask your grandma and she tells you that it broke decades ago. Dang!


What is one to do? Can you rent a projector?


The simple answer is yes. But where? How?


Your local library

If you go to your local library (maybe call first to save yourself a trip), some branches might have movie projectors you can rent the same way you would check out books. The only catch is that you will likely be asked to provide more collateral for a guarantee in case you break it –– ID, address and a possible deposit on top of the rental fee. And if it’s a quiet film, you can even watch it at the library ...


Find one online

If your local library is tapped out of projectors or doesn’t offer the option, then you can also turn your analog initiative to the web. Various online companies like have a wide range of vintage 8 mm, Super 8, 16 mm and 35 mm projectors available to rent. They even have it broken out by day and weekly pricing.


Digitize your memories

So yeah, you can rent a projector, BUT if you really want to watch those old films – and preserve those memories in the process – then get them digitized. KODAK Digitizing Box can conveniently and safely take your old analog media (film, tapes, photographs and more) and convert them to the 21st century via DVD, thumb drive or cloud download.


It’s the perfect way to watch, share and relive some of your family’s most memorable moments. And the best part – no projector necessary.


It’s time to hook your grandma up by sending her old film reels to KODAK Digitizing. We’ll take care of the rest!

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