How to become a Projectionist

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.

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