Victor Animatophone 16mm Projector – Restore/Repair

I always wanted to have a projector. Even though the “dream” was to have a 35mm, sometimes I do behave sensibly and stayed away from even searching for one.

However 2020 new year day was different. Found something which was – as always – in real real bad shape, inspiring me to take up the project. As always, no point in doing simple restorations, the more weird and complex they become, the more fun it gets to fix it.

So here is the whole exercise in video.


Some information about it :

Victor Animatophone Type : 11

Amplifier Model : A

Exact Model : Unknown


Also , some information which is not covered or missed in the video

1. Main Belt – I was lucky, I didn’t replace it, it was good and was working. Thanks to Kurt for pointing this out

2. Photo Cell – RCA 927

3. Its mentioned in the video, still repeating. You can thread the silent film bypassing the sound drum. Its not needed.

Threading – Original Documentation

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7 thoughts on “Victor Animatophone 16mm Projector – Restore/Repair

      1. I’m re-capping the amp in one of these and I was wondering: would tell me what capacitors you used to replace the original big old cardboard box capacitors that are in there?

        Also, were you able to determine what the impedance of the external speaker for this is supposed to be?

        Thanks very much for any information you can offer.


      2. The cap values are printed on them, 16µF/450V {if I recall correctly}. Speaker impedance – It is there in the schematic, let me dig back in my folder and update you!


      3. Thanks very much. It seems like mine is working, but the amp output seems low. Do you think changing out these filter caps could help boost output?


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