As you might imagine, having a co-host like the Projectionist on the Saturday Frights podcast means that I’ve learned a few things about movie projectors while we work on the show. While I had some great experiences relating my stories of working at the Razorback theater in my youth, they can’t hold a candle to all of the types of film projectors my esteemed co-host has had the pleasure of operating in his career. While recording the latest podcast I was able to share this video of the La Belle Super 8 Cartridge Portable Projector I had found. My co-host was pretty interested in the device and even he hadn’t had the fortune of running across it before. As a bonus, the video shows off a bit of the Star Wars 16 minute film cartridge!
Now this video was uploaded by Databits back in 2012 as he was putting it up for sale on ebay. I haven’t really found any other information about it other than some general information sites explaining there is really only a reel of short film in those cartridges, no gears or anything so I suppose you plugged the cartridge in the machine and it must be on an edited loop or something…like the Fisher Price Movie Viewer Theater cartridges.
La Belle Super 8 Cartridge Portable Projector
By the way, hop on over to Retro Thing to see how an old Fisher Price Theater was modded to use Super8man’s personal Super 8 film collection.
I love my collection of Blu-Ray and DVDs, I am so grateful to be able to have criterion collections on an easy to view device…but I agree with the Projectionist that there is nothing better than the sound of real film running through a projector.