16mm (millimeter) projectors are used to watch silent movies as well as movies with sound on reels. A lot of people enjoy watching vintage films on 16mm projectors. However, 16mm projectors are rare and not regularly made anymore, so if people want to use them, they most likely are going to have to rent the projectors (you can buy vintage projectors on online auction sites such as eBay, however). There are a lot of places that offer 16mm projector rental services.
16mm film refers to film gauges that are used for movies and other forms of both commercial and industrial filmmaking. The term "16mm" is derived from the actual width of the film gauges. There are other types of popular film gauges, such as 8mm as well as 36 mm.
Rental rates for 16mm projectors vary and depend on the types of motion pictures. Oftentimes, they have a starting daily rental rate of approximately $20 (other film gauge varieties, such as 35mm projectors, tend to be considerably more expensive). Screens and other components to the 16mm projector also can make the total rental price go up.
Oftentimes, people can rent 16mm projectors from universities. A lot of universities have film programs, so 8mm and 16mm projectors are common because of student shows and presentations. Rental rates for 16mm projectors at universities are generally cheaper for student groups.
If you want to show movies that were shot with 35mm on a 16mm film projector that you rent, it is possible, but you first have to have the 35mm film gauge size either converted or reduced to be used properly with 16mm projector rentals. There are various ways to get 16mm prints from 35mm prints--the most common method being to strike a 16mm negative out of the original 35mm one and then to create another print from the new 16mm negative.
There are a lot of reputable and reliable places from which to rent 16mm projectors. Some places include Tekserve Projectors, Projector 123, DiJiFi, Meeting Tomorrow, ATS Rentals, 3MM Pro, Mediaco and Best AV Store. Tekserve Projectors and Meeting Tomorrow are particularly popular places for renting projectors, including 16mm projectors.