Projectionists' Memories

Interviews with projectionists


Published 01/12/2015

Change-overs (Mike Williams)

Projectionist Mike Williams explains the process of changing over from one projector to another between reels.

Published 03/12/2015

Checking the film during screenings (Mike Williams)

Projectionist Mike Williams describes the projectionist’s duties when the film was on screen, noting the importance of checking films during screenings.

Published 04/12/2015

Chief (Mike Williams)

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

Published 04/12/2015

Destroying a film print (Mike Williams)

Projectionist Mike Williams tells the story of how he accidentally destroyed a print of A Woman in a Dressing Gown.

Published 04/12/2015

Early interst in cinema (Mike Williams)

Projectionist Mike Williams describes his early experiences of cinema-going as a child, his developing fascination with cinemas and the atmosphere and smell of cinemas.

Published 04/12/2015

Hierarchy in the cinema (Mike Williams)

Projectionist Mike Williams describes the impact of promotion on his relationships with other cinema workers.

Published 04/12/2015

Invisibility of projectionists (Mike Williams)

Projectionist Mike Williams describes the importance for projectionists’ work to be invisible.

Published 04/12/2015

Jobs around the cinema (Mike Williams)

Projectionist Mike Williams describes the other duties carried out by projectionists outside the projection box including an accident where he fell through the ceiling of the cinema auditorium during a film screening.

Published 04/12/2015

Making-up and breaking-down film prints (Mike Williams)

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

Published 04/12/2015

Mealtimes (Mike Williams)

Projectionist Mike Williams discusses the impact of working routines on mealtimes.

Published 04/12/2015

Music (Mike Williams)

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

Published 04/12/2015

Presentation, training and distinction between urban and suburban cinemas (Mike Williams)

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.

Published 04/12/2015

Publicity (Mike Williams)

Projectionist Mike Williams describes undertaking publicity activities, including borrowing an elephant from a visiting circus.

Published 04/12/2015

Rehearsing films (Mike Williams)

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

Published 04/12/2015

Routine as a rewind boy (Mike Williams)

Projectionist Mike Williams describes his routine as a rewind boy.

Published 04/12/2015

Smallest Show on Earth for real (Mike Williams)

Projectionist Mike Williams describes a Welsh cinema with unconventional entry policies, comparing it so scenes from the comedy film The Smallest Show on Earth.

Published 08/12/2015

Automation (Mick Corfield)

Projectionist and BECTU representative Mick Corfield describes is experiences of automated projection systems on the work of projectionists.

Published 08/12/2015

Cinema as communal experience (Mick Corfield)

Projectionist and BECTU representative Mick Corfield outlines the difference made to the cinema-going experience by viewing a film with an audience.

Published 08/12/2015

Digital projection (Mick Corfield)

Projectionist and BECTU representative Mick Corfield describes the moment he knew digital projectors would replace projectionists.

Published 08/12/2015

Family connections to cinema (Mick Corfield)

Projectionist and BECTU representative Mick Corfield describes his appointment as a cinema projectionists and finding out that his father used to be a projectionist as well.

Published 08/12/2015

Lack of presentation in multiplexes (Mick Corfield)

Projectionist and BECTU representative Mick Corfield describes the erosion of presentation in multiplex cinemas.

Published 08/12/2015

Meeting wife (Mick Corfield)

Projectionist and BECTU representative Mick Corfield describes how he met his wife when they were both working in the same cinema.

Published 08/12/2015

Starting a performance (Mick Corfield)

Projectionist and BECTU representative Mick Corfield describes the process of starting a performance.

Published 08/12/2015

Working as a relief projectionist (Mick Corfield)

Projectionist and BECTU representative Mick Corfield describes his experiences working as a relief projectionist in a variety of cinemas around the UK.

Published 09/12/2015

Arrival of digital (Phil Fawke)

Projectionist and cinema manager Phil Fawke describes his experience of the arrival of digital projection, the changes in the number of projectionists over time, getting used to using the digital projector and the benefits of digital on picture…

Published 09/12/2015

Checking joins and making-up prints (Phil Fawke)

Projectionist and cinema manager Phil Fawke describes the process of repairing film damage.

Published 09/12/2015

Cleaning and taking pride in the job (Phil Fawke)

Projectionist and cinema manager Phil Fawke describes his morning routine and the process of cleaning the projection box.

Published 09/12/2015

Editing children's films (Phil Fawke)

Projectionist and cinema manager Phil Fawke describes working as a relief projectionist during the war, and being told to show edited versions of films during children's matinees.

Published 09/12/2015

Routine between change-overs (Phil Fawke)

Projectionist and cinema manager Phil Fawke describes the process of changing-over a film including replacing the carbon rods in the arc lamps.

Published 09/12/2015

Separate rooms in the box (Phil Fawke)

Projectionist and cinema manager Phil Fawke describes the separation of spaces in cinema projection rooms.

Published 09/12/2015

The Chief (Phil Fawke)

Projectionist and cinema manager Phil Fawke describes the role of the chief projectionist.

Published 09/12/2015

Training (Phil Fawke)

Projectionist and cinema manager Phil Fawke describes the process of training 'on the job'.

Published 09/12/2015

Transporting newsreels (Phil Fawke)

Projectionist and cinema manager Phil Fawke describes taking newsreel films between local cinemas in Leamington Spa and picking up news footage of major sporting events from Birmingham airport.

Published 29/12/2015

Arrival of digital (Neil Thompson)

Projectionist Neil Thompson descibes the arrival of digital projection in his cinema, including the timeline of the digital conversion.

Published 29/12/2015

Automation (Neil Thompson)

Projectionist Neil Thompson describes the process of using automated projection systems from the 1980s onwards.

Published 29/12/2015

Being the last link in the chain (Neil Thompson)

Projectionist Neil Thompson outlines his thoughts as being the last link in the creative process.

Published 29/12/2015

Light sources (Neil Thompson)

Projectionist Neil Thompson describes the change in lighting technology from fast-burning carbon arc lamps to long-lasting xenon lamps.

Published 29/12/2015

Making-up films (Neil Thompson)

Projectionist Neil Thompson descibes the process of making-up film prints, including the projectionist's trick of leaving one frame on the leader to help reassembly.

Published 29/12/2015

Morning routine (Neil Thompson)

Projectionist Neil Thompson describes his morning routine, preparing for the day's screenings, cleaning the projection room and conducting other duties around the cinema.

Published 29/12/2015

Polyester film (Neil Thompson)

Projectionist Neil Thompson describes the characteristics of polyester film, including its static properties, the difficultiy tearing it and the problems that these caused.

Published 29/12/2015

Presentation (Neil Thompson)

Projectionist Neil Thompson outlines the process of starting the film, checking sound levels and checking the aperture plates as part of good presentation.

Published 29/12/2015

Setting up sound (Neil Thompson)

Projectionist Neil Thompson describes the process of setting up and checking cinema sound systems.

Published 29/12/2015

Training and learning how to check prints (Neil Thompson)

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

Published 29/12/2015

Using platters (Neil Thompson)

Projectionist Neil Thompson describes the process of using a platter (cake stand) projection system.

Published 20/03/2017

Projectomatic (Florence Barton)

Projectionist Florence Barton describes getting the first Projectomatic automation machine in Coventry in the late 1950s. She also gives her unfavorable opinion of her male counterparts.

Published 20/03/2017

Duties around the cinema (Florence Barton)

Projectionist Florence Barton describes the work that she was expected to do around the cinema.

Published 20/03/2017

Becoming a projectionist (Florence Barton)

Projectionist Florence Barton describes being recruited as a 'projectionette' during the Second World War after the male projectionists were called up.

Published 20/03/2017

Becoming Chief Projectionist (Florence Barton)

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

Published 20/03/2017

Sabotage (Florence Barton)

Projectionist Florence Barton describes an incident in Leicester where a deliberate act of sabotage was carried out in order to try and sack her.

Published 21/03/2017

E.T. (Bill Pearson)

Projectionist Bill Pearson describes the period he spent projecting E.T. including the problems with the print and the effect that it had on him and the audience.

Published 21/03/2017

Starting as a projectionist and view of the Chief (Bill Pearson)

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.

Published 21/03/2017

Showing 3-D Films (Joan Pearson)

Projectionist Joan Pearson describes the process and problems of showing 3-D films.

Published 22/03/2017

Maintaining the boiler (Joan Pearson)

Projectionist Joan Pearson describes some of the work she was expected to do as a woman in projection. This included cleaning the canopy on the cinema roof and maintaining the boiler.

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