Cinequipt Estimate printed on April 25, 2017

Cinequipt started in 1970 with a single lens.

Bob McGraw, a local film producer, and one of a handful of pioneers in the Minnesota film industry, started renting his equipment when he wasn’t using it. His vision included nurturing industry newcomers. Bob loved having his family working with him in the business. When he passed away in 2000, Cinequipt became a second-generation company. His two daughters, Dawn and Kellie, are at the helm.

In December 2002, Cinequipt purchased Lighthouse, a Minneapolis lighting and grip company. In November 2006, Cinequipt moved into their current location, a brand new building that includes a rental studio.

Business has grown from film equipment rentals only to include digital cinema, film, video, lighting & grip, and studio rentals as well as the sales of digital cinema, video, lighting, production equipment and supplies. We’re also proud to be one of the original Canon Cinema EOS resellers & more recently, a RED Digital Cinema dealer.

Over the past 45 plus years, Cinequipt has helped foster the careers of many prominent DP's, producers and directors, helping put the Minnesota film industry on the map.

Our gear. Bob’s vision.
"I just wanted to thank you for taking good care of us on our recent shoot in beautiful Brainerd, MN. Gull Lake sure is a gorgeous spot. As everyone warned us, the weather was crazy. Beautiful one minute, and 30 degrees and snowing the next!! Anyway, we got through it with some spectacular footage. Your gear was great; I regret that we couldn't shoot more. I hope I can work with you again in the near future."
M.B. – New York based DP