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
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.