Projectionists set up and operate movie projectors in cinemas, outdoor venues and drive-in theatres.
Personal requirements for 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.