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Cinema Engineering Company

Where Vintage Motion Picture Equipment is Made New Again

Showscan CP65 with 2500' magazines mounted

As promised, here's a look at the Showscan CP 65 with the 2500' magazines mounted. AMAZING! These magazines are huge! And heavy! And we mounted them without film. My heart goes out to the assistants/loaders who had to handle these. Still, an impressive feat of engineering. In the last picture, we put a 1000' Mitchell 35mm magazine to give you an idea of the scale.

Our new address is 4823 Marine Ave. Lawndale, CA 90260 and our new phone number is (424) 297-0049. If you need to reach us, you can send us an email at, or call us at (424) 297-0049. Thank you very much for your patience.

Our Story

Bell and Howell 2709 no.555 after full restoration

Cinema Engineering has been proud to bring the entertainment industry the finest motion-picture camera repair, modifications and custom-designed photographic equipment services since 1975. We specialize in servicing Mitchell cameras, but all professional 16mm, 35mm, 65mm, and Vista Vision cameras are welcome.

Our clients include major motion picture studios, television and commercial production companies, special effects houses and dozens of award-winning Directors of Photography, Special Effects Supervisors and cameramen.

Our company prides itself on repairing, creating and modifying motion picture photographic equipment to solve your most demanding visual effects or live action production problems. From the smallest repair to the most complex design project, we are here to serve your photographic needs. Our technicians also provide expert restoration of vintage motion picture cameras and equipment.

Past Projects

Peachcam custom modified by Cinema Engineering Company for the 1996 feature James and the Giant Peach
  • 16mm, 35mm, 65mm, and Vista Vision repairs and modifications
  • Reflex conversions for all professional motion picture cameras
  • Custom motion-control accessories and hardware
  • Nodal point compensating camera robots
  • Dome projection systems
  • Periscope and Probe lens systems
  • Back-lit, motion-control blue screen tracking systems
  • Motion-control model and camera moving robots
  • Scanning and archival optical cameras
  • PeachCam: Mitchell GC custom modified for stop-motion
    animation for use in James and the Giant Peach

Our Clients

Mitchell Underslung magazine adapter with 200' Mitchell magazine
  • FotoKem
  • Warner Brothers Studios
  • Walt Disney Pictures
  • Industrial Light and Magic
  • Tippet Studios
  • Cinema Network
  • Visual Concepts Engineering
  • McCann-Erickson Advertising
  • Foote-Cone and Belding Advertising

Our Services

Actionmaster 500 conversion

In addition to the above mentioned projects, we specialize in expert camera repair and restoration for the following cameras:

  • Mitchell Cameras (16mm, 35mm, 65mm, and Vista Vision)
  • Arriflex
  • Bell & Howell
  • Moy
  • Acme
  • Photosonics
  • Oxberry
  • Burk & James
  • Debrie
  • Parvo
  • Pathe

Equipment for Sale

Interested in purchasing vintage or antique motion picture equipment? We have a large variety of motion picture cameras, lenses, filters, tripods, and other accessories available at our sales site Or if you have vintage movie equipment to sell, contact us at

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