Projectionists set up and operate movie projectors in cinemas, outdoor venues and drive-in theatres.
Personal requirements of a Projectionist
- good eyesight (may be corrected) and hearing
- normal colour vision
- quick reflexes and mechanical aptitude
- able to work in confined areas
- able to work alone and as part of a team
- good communication skills
- able to take initiative.
Duties & Tasks of a Projectionist
Projectionists may perform the following tasks:
- make sure the film is in good condition
- thread film into projectors
- operate the projector, adjust the sound level, focus the image and monitor the equipment for the duration of operation
- change over and close down projectors
- perform minor repairs and basic maintenance to equipment and make safety checks
- operate slide projectors, spotlights or similar equipment
- operate computerised equipment (called 'bio-box') used in large cinema complexes
- supervise other staff and trainees
- ensure compliance with safety regulations for cinemas
- operate heating and air conditioning equipment, emergency lighting, curtains and music, which may involve using computerised equipment
- work in the ticket box, candy bar or office
- assist with general theatre maintenance.
Working conditions for a Projectionist
Projectionists work in a dimly lit environment. They are often required to work shifts, including late nights.