Motion Picture Projectionist

Set up and operate motion picture projections.
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Salary Range
$16,000 – $31,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Motion Picture Projectionists do?

Sets up and operates motion picture projection and sound-reproducing equipment to produce coordinated effects on screen: Inserts film into top magazine reel of projector. Threads film through picture aperture of projector, around pressure rollers, sprocket wheels, and sound drum or magnetic sound pickup on film, and onto spool that automatically takes up film slack. Regulates projection light and adjusts sound-reproducing equipment. Monitors operation of machines and transfers operation from one machine to another without interrupting flow of action on screen. Rewinds broken end of film onto reels by hand to minimize loss of time. Inspects and rewinds projected films for another showing. Repairs faulty sections of film. Operates stereopticon or other special-effects equipment to project picture slides on screen. Cleans lenses, oils equipment, and makes minor repairs and adjustments.

Should I be a Motion Picture Projectionist?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • Also known as: Audiovisual Equipment Operator, Booth Manager, Booth Operator, Booth Supervisor, Booth Usher, Cinema Operator See More

    How to Become a
    Motion Picture Projectionist

    Most Motion Picture Projectionists have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Bachelor's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:a9abaa&chl=|no+college+%2897%25%29||bachelor%27s+%283%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,0,97
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