Univex 8mm Projector P-8 & 8mm Camera A8 w/Cases + Cinemaster II 8mm G-8 Camera

  • $229.97

Univex 8mm Projector #P-8 & 8mm Camera #A8 w/Cases + Cinemaster II 8mm #G-8 Camera

This trifecta from an iconic camera manufacturer comes direct from the Cairo Camera Shop collection. The collection would look good displayed at your home or business. This listing includes the following vintage projector and cameras:


Univex 8mm Model P-8 Movie Projector with Luggage Style Case 

The Univex P-8 movie projector was tested with a film and runs great.  To operate, one of the back original springs was replaced with a rubber band. It has some scrapes and is missing the lens cap.  The luggage style case has typical age wear which gives it travel character.  It lacks a projection lamp.  However, we have good reason to believe that the BVK/BUS 100 watt GE#11970 bayonet style lamp, from a Google search, for $7, should work (see included paperwork).  We include a printed copy of the projector’s instructions downloaded from online.  


Univex 1930’s 8mm Cine Camera Model A8, w/Univar Cine Anastigmat 1/2 inch f/3.5 Lens with Leather Strap Case 

The Univex Model A8 movie camera is very compact and measures only 4-1/2 inches tall. It is an Art Deco design.  The camera winds but the spring is a little stiff.  Camera and unique case have some wear but overall in good condition.  The camera comes with a nice copy of the instruction manual downloaded from online.


Cinemaster II Movie Camera Model G-8, w/Univar Cine Anastigmat 1/2 inch f/2.5 Lens

The Cinemaster II has 7 f/stops to choose from (f/2.5 to f/16) and may run in three individual frames per second speeds to slow down or make the movement faster and contain a meter slot. What made their camera so innovative was it economical double roll film. The camera comes with the difficult to find original Univex spool (see pictures).  The interior is aluminum and stainless brass and the housing is zinc.  It is easy to hold but heavy and shows slight wear.


HISTORY: Universal Camera Corporation

This American company was founded in 1932 by a fledgling New York City businessman, Otto Githens when he and Jacob Shapiro decided to produce a camera cheaper than the $1.50 Kodak Brownie No. 0.  They had no camera experience.  They convinced, Norton Labs, a plastic company, into drawing up designs for an economical camera.  They quickly stole the design and began manufacturing the new camera before Norton sought a patent.  The new Univex X, for only 39 cents, became a tremendous success!

In 1936, for only $9.95, they began making the A-8 movie camera and began selling the P-8 projector.  Again, they were both big successes.  Later, the C-8 was introduced at the 1939-1940 World’s Fair.  For the WWII effort, they made binoculars for the Army.  After the war, they showcased the Cinemaster series utilizing an innovated double film spool of their own film. After having labor issues, they ceased business activities.  They were the bestselling camera company in the world for many years.  Their legacy will be their affordability, which empowered countless amateurs the opportunity to be a film maker.  Why not own a piece of this legacy now!


BACKSTORY:  Frank G Cairo, Owner of the Cairo Camera Shop  

Frank Cairo moved from the Bronx, New York to Kenosha, WI in 1943.  The next year, after getting married, he acquired the neighborhood grocery store next door and made it into Cairo Camera Shop.  He operated the store for over fifty years until his death in 1997.


He loved cameras, projectors, movie stars and movies and was the photographer for the local auto workers union. He began collecting 8, 16 and 35mm films.  Eventually, Cairo Home Movies became the largest private film collection in Wisconsin.  In addition to renting films and projectors, he would take and show movies at parties and events. In the summers, he had free outdoor movie nights for neighborhood kids. If you would like to see a 5 minute video about Frank Cairo and his camera shop as told by his son, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqCoUsiGfaA


Now, after 25 years, the family is selling its well-kept collection of vintage camera and movie equipment and memorabilia.  The family hopes you will have the opportunity in the coming weeks and months to enjoy some of the items being sold as they have all these years.


Approx. Dimensions: 

  • P-8 Projector in its Case: 12-3/4" T x 11-3/4" W x 5-5/8" D
  • A8 Camera: 4-1/4" L x 1-1/2" W x 3-1/2" D
  • G-8 Camera: 5-1/8" L x 1-7/8" W x 3-3/4" D

Approx. Weights: 

  • P-8 Projector in its Case: 10 lb, 12 ozs 
  • A8 Camera: 1 lb, 8 ozs 
  • G-8 Camera: 2 lb, 3 ozs 

Sold as is. No warranty. No Returns.


CONDITION NOTE: Used, but in overall good condition given their age. See the full listing description for details on the condition of each piece and whether they were tested and if manuals and cases are included. The projector has a bit of an old smell to it when you first open up the case (some Febreze should help this unless you like that authentic smell). Pieces are a bit dirty and dusty from age and storage. This projector and cameras will be carefully packed and insured for safe shipping. See detailed high resolution (zoom-able) pictures to know what you are purchasing.