How to become a Projectionist

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.


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