Step into the world of vintage filmmaking and unravel the fascinating tale of the 9.5 mm film format—a gem introduced by Pathé back in 1922 as the centerpiece of the Pathé Baby amateur film system. Picture a time when film enthusiasts yearned to bring the magic of the silver screen into the cozy embrace of their own homes.
Initially designed to be a budget-friendly option for enjoying copies of commercially made films, the 9.5 mm film soon outgrew its humble origins. Before long, a simple yet elegant camera emerged, adding a touch of allure to this budding cinematic adventure.
But what sets the 9.5 mm format apart from its peers? Rather than the conventional 8mm with perforations along one edge or the more widespread formats with perforations on both sides of the image, this format marches to its own beat. A single, mysterious perforation—nestled like a hidden treasure between each pair of frames—allows for a more generous canvas for the captivating images to unfold. Almost as spacious as its larger cousin, the 16 mm film, the image area on the 9.5 mm film engulfs you in a world of visual delight.
As you immerse yourself in the enchanting story of each film, notice how the single perforation masterfully conceals itself from the viewers' gaze. Ingeniously masked by the intermittent shutter, it gracefully ushers the film forward, frame by frame, leaving spectators captivated by the seamless progression of the unfolding tale.
Truly a work of art, the 9.5 mm film format holds within its celluloid embrace the power to transport you to a bygone era, where the magic of cinema came alive in the cozy comfort of your own living room.
Price equivalent of 32p per foot of 8mm film
Price equivalent of 26p per foot of film
Price equivalent of 21.5p per foot of film
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You can book your films in for transferring on our Online Orders Page
Your original 9.5mm films can be scanned and saved onto USB in our special presentation tins or as a digital download.
We enjoy old silent films, Buster Keaton, Walter Forde, Roscoe Arbuckle, Lloyd Hamilton, and each month we scan and restore films we come across in car boot sales and auctions. These discarded little reels of film are preserved for your enjoyment, and you are welcome to see them here.