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The 9.5mm amateur movie gauge was launched by the giant Pathé company in France for Christmas 1922 with a hand-turned projector, the Pathé-Baby. Within a year their Pathéscope company in the UK (who had previously imported Pathé phonographs, record players and the early and bulky 28mm KOK movie projector) launched the same projector. Soon a matching hand-turned camera arrived and 9,5mm movies were here to stay!

9,5mm films and equipment were marketed throughout the world, with major inroads in Europe and what was then the British Empire (later Commonwealth countries). Pathé had companies or distributors in France, UK, Spain, Italy, Germany, India, Australia, and even the USA. Unfortunately the slump of the 1920's plus heavy marketing of Kodak's 8mm gauge in the early 1930's meant that the Pathex company in the USA ceased trading in 9,5mm by around 1934.

Today 9,5mm relies solely on a strong group of enthusiasts who keep the supply of camera film, equipment and accessories available. The main thrust comes from France and the UK where in fact the largest sales of 9,5mm films and equipment were originally made. If you are interested in the first real home movie film format why not join the 9,5mm Group in your country?


Watch an interview with ex-9.5mm dealer the late Larry Pearce 10June2014

The UK Group 9.5 Club was formed, way back in 1962 by the late Larry Pearce and the late Paul Van Someren with a view to provide a future for the Pathé 9.5mm home movie film gauge once commercial backing dissapeared. Publication of a magazine began and regular meetings were held. Weekly meetings began in August 1962 at Alperton, North London, run by the late Larry Pearce who lived nearby. Soon the meeting grew to an Annual Get-Together which later included a 9.5mm amateur film competition. A number of local sections sprang up and the London Section still exists but the group is no longer a formal one.

To check out previous activity by the UK group please check out this section of the web site. UK Group 9.5


Another active 9,5mm club who publish an excellent glossy A4 size magazine (now sadly just three times a year), in French of course!, and run regular film shows in the Paris area. They normally have a stall at major amateur film fairs in France and have not only arranged for the continuing supply of 9,5mm camera film but also provide (albeit expensive) 9,5mm conversions of a 16mm cine camera and projector. Check out their web-site at: FRENCH 9,5

See the late Bernard Trembloy introduce the Cine-Club 9.5 de France 9.5mm promo film on You Tube:

Membership costs 45 Euros a year (plus 5 Euros for first year). Send cheque drawn on French bank (payable Cine-Club 9,5 de France), or cash to Monsieur Boucher, Residence Le Mousset, entree D, 10 rue Cornillot, 77400 Thorigny-sur-Marne, France. 25March2013


Our friends in the Nederlands still have a very keen 9,5mm membership who produce many excellent amateur films in the pioneer gauge. They also regularly publish a magazine (mostly in Dutch). Contact their secretary: Cora Bruno, Sloterweg 986, 1066 CR Amsterdam, Nederlands. or visit their web-site: 19Feb2011


Our friends in Spain are renowned for their annual 9,5 Get-Together ("Neufcinquiste") at Calella each year. Contact: Santiago Marre, Raval, 25 - E-08370, Calella, Spain. or checkout their website at: - this is actually part of the French club web-site, (in Spanish) the other site at (also in Spanish) has details of the 2012 festival! 09April2012


Although 9,5mm was supposed to have disappeared from the USA in the early 1930's there are still a number of collectors there, some of whom are now filming on 9,5mm again! The year 2000 saw the formation of a 9,5 Group Stateside. Called "9,5 USA". you can E-mail their organiser Kevin Phillips at: kh-phillips @ (no gaps in actual e-mail address) or why not visit their web-site at: 9,5 USA - lots of information, including scans of 9.5mm instruction books! 19Feb2011


Last updated 24 March 2017 .................Grahame Newnham's Web Pages .............Copyright © G.L. Newnham 2000
You Tube link added for Cine-Club 9.5 de France 25March2013
10Mar2014 - UK Group 9.5 overseas membership prices corrected etc.
10June2014 - You Tube Larry Pearce interview added