The 1960s and beyond

Florence Barton gets the first automated projector in Coventry.

By the end of the 1960s, many cinemas in the UK were moving to single-manning processes. This meant that projectionists would tend to work alone during their shift with the help of automated projectors and long-playing film reels (see the Changing Technology; Changing Work exhibit for more details). Because of this it was less common for women projectionists to encounter the kind of hostility that had taken place previously because they were dealing with fewer male colleagues on a day-to-day basis. The shift to the multiplex model of cinema exhiition also meant that the projection box became a more accessible place, and whilst it remained the case that most cinema projectionists were men until the arrival of digital projection there were a greater number of women working in projection boxes during this time.

A segment from a 1966 episode of the magazine film Mining Review telling the story of 'Dorothy', a woman projectionist from Bishop Aukland.

The 1960s and beyond