Projectionists set up and operate movie projectors in cinemas, outdoor venues and drive-in theatres.
Duties & Tasks
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.
Projectionists work in a dimly lit environment. They are often required to work shifts, including late nights.
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.