Motion Picture Projectionist  What They Do

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Motion Picture Projectionists Career Video

Sets up and operates motion picture projection and related sound reproduction equipment.

This career is part of the Hospitality and Tourism cluster Recreation, Amusements and Attractions pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Inserts film into top magazine reel, or threads film through a series of sprockets and guide rollers, attaching the end to a take-up reel.
  • Starts projectors and opens shutters to project images onto screens.
  • Monitors operations to ensure that standards for sound and image projection quality are met.
  • Operates equipment to show films in a number of theaters simultaneously.
  • Splices separate film reels, advertisements, and movie trailers together to form a feature-length presentation on one continuous reel.
  • Inspects movie films to ensure that they are complete and in good condition.
  • Sets up and adjusts picture projectors and screens to achieve proper size, illumination, and focus of images, and proper volume and tone of sound.
  • Inspects projection equipment prior to operation to ensure proper working order.
  • Performs regular maintenance tasks such as rotating or replacing xenon bulbs, cleaning lenses, lubricating machinery, and keeping electrical contacts clean and tight.
  • Removes film splicing to prepare films for shipment after showings and return films to their sources.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Detecting sounds and hearing the differences between sounds of different pitch and loudness
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

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