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The Cinema Projectionist Archives hold a range of audio-visual resources documenting the working lives of cinema projectionists in Britain from the 1890s to the 2010s. Here you can find extracts from audio interviews with projectionists, videos, documents, magazine articles and possibly the world’s largest online collection of images of projection box. Navigate through the material by decade, theme, or type of material.
bradford_27.gif

03/07/2019
Chief projectionist in the projection box of a West Yorkshire cinema in 1927. Used with permission from Screen International.​​

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london_plaza_27.gif

29/06/2019
Montage of photos of the projection box and projectionists at a London Cinema in 1927. Used with permission from Screen International.​

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sheffield_27_projectionist.gif

29/06/2019
Chief projectionist of a Sheffield cinema in 1927. Used with permission from Screen International.​

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plymouth_27.gif

29/06/2019
Chief projectionist in projection box of a Devon cinema in 1927. Used with permission from Screen International.​

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manchester_27.gif

29/06/2019
Projection box of a Manchester cinema in 1927 with chief projectionist inset. Used with permission from Screen International.​

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rotherham_27.gif

29/06/2019
Projection box at a Rotherham cinema in 1927 with projectionist inset. Used with permission from Screen International.​

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chadwell_heath_47.gif

29/06/2019
Chief projectionist, second operator and team of women projectionists in the projection box of an Essex cinema in 1947. Used with permission from Screen International.​

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hull_48.gif

29/06/2019
Chief projectionist surveying the newly installed projectors in the projection box of a Hull cinema in 1948. Used with permission from Screen International.

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leeds_49.gif

29/06/2019
Chief projectionist in the projection box of a Leeds cinema in 1949. Used with permission from Screen International.

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birmingham_49.gif

29/06/2019
Chief projectionist of a Birmingham cinema checking the projectors in 1949. Used with permission from Screen International.

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edinburgh_50.gif

29/06/2019
Chief projectionist and cinema manager inspecting the installation of new projectors at an Edinburgh cinema in 1950. Used with permission from Screen International.

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barkingside_52.gif

29/06/2019
Chief projectionist in the projection box of an Essex cinema in 1952. Used with permission from Screen International.

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birmingham_52_proj.gif

29/06/2019
Chief projectionist of the Waldorf Cinema in the Sparkbrook district of Birmingham in 1952. Used with permission from Screen International.

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curzon_52_projectionists.gif

29/06/2019
The chief projectionist and second operator in the projection box of a London cinema in 1952. Used with permission from Screen International.

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dunfermline_48.gif

01/01/2018
Chief projectionist of Dunfermline cinema in the projection box in 1948. Used with permission from Screen International.

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hull_34.gif

26/06/2019
Chief projectionist, second and third operators in the projection box of the Astoria Cinema in Hull, which opened in 1934. Used with permission from Screen International.

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west_wickham_33.gif

26/06/2019
Chief projectionist, Joseph Brewer, in the projection box of The Plaza cinema, which opened in September 1933. Used with permission from Screen International.

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arborfield_52_projectionett.gif

26/06/2019
Pamela LeClerq, chief operator, and Mrs Fitzgerald, second operator at the Globe in Arborfield, one of the Army Kinematograph Corporation's chain of kinemas in 1952. Used with permission from Screen International.

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film reel

21/03/2017
Projectionist Bill Pearson describes his move from working in New Street Station to becoming a projectionist. He also talks about striving for the job of Chief Projectionist.

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film reel

20/03/2017
Projectionist Florence Barton describes the process of becoming Chief Projectionist at Scala, Coventry in the face of male competition.

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film reel

29/12/2015
Projectionist Neil Thompson describes the process of learning how to work as a projectionist including the importance of checking film prints when rewinding.

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film reel

04/12/2015
Projectionist Mike Williams describes the process of rehearsing film to get them ready for screening.

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film reel

04/12/2015
Projectionist Mike Williams provides an overview of presentation and showmanship in cinemas. He outlines how he was trained by the chief to uphold particular aesthetic standards and the impact that this has on the experience of the audience.

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film reel

04/12/2015
Projectionist Mike Williams describes the process of selecting music to be played in the auditorium prior to film screenings.

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film reel

04/12/2015
Projectionist Mike Williams discusses the impact of working routines on mealtimes.

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film reel

04/12/2015
Projectionist Mike Williams describes the process of making-up film prints ready for screening and breaking them down once finished.

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film reel

04/12/2015
Projectionist Mike Williams describes his relationship with his chief projectionist at the ABC (Olympia) Cardiff, Frank Saunders.

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