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05/02/2018
The latest issue of the Journal of British Cinema and Television (Vol. 15 No. 1), edited by Charlotte Brunsdon, Jon Burrows and Richard Wallace of The Projection Project has been published Edinburgh University Press and can be accessed here. The…
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01/11/2017
An image of a digital projector (left) standing alongside a 35mm projector (right) in the Department of Film and Television Studies at the University of Warwick.
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01/11/2017
An advert for a Projectomatic automated projection machine.

Used with permission from Screen International.
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01/11/2017
An advert for the "Hahn" Zeiss Ikon projector including an itemised diagram of the various aspects of the projection mechanism.

Used with permission from Screen International
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01/11/2017
This cartoon, from December 1922, highlights a number of topical issues relating to film projection and good presentation. In the cartoon the projectionist can be seen running a film at a speed far greater than that intended. Before the arrival of…
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24/10/2017
Two women projectionists training at the Entertainment National Service Association (E.N.S.A.) projection training school in 1942. Used with permission from Screen International.
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24/10/2017
This cartoon published in Kinematograph Weekly on June 24 1915 addressed the impact of the shortage of male labour on the cinema experience. Used with permission from Screen International.

11/10/2017
This short silent film from Huntley Archives shows wartime cinemagoers enjoying a film projected by a 'projectionette', a term used to describe women projectionists who filled the position of absent male workers during the Second World War.

11/10/2017
This video contains an extract from an edition of the film magazine Mining Review. This particular item focuses on the daily routine of Dorothy, a cinema projectionist.
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05/10/2017
Photographs of the projection box at the A.B.C. Royalty cinema, Birmingham during the 1950s.
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19/09/2017
Bill Pearson in the projection box at the A.B.C. Cinema, Coventry in 1984.
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19/09/2017
Bill Pearson in the projection box at the Robin Hood Cinema, Birmingham (1967)
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19/09/2017
This letter to Mrs Joan Pearson details some of the issues arising from the installation of the super-widescreen Cinerama projection system at the A.B.C. Bristol Cinema, Birmingham. In this instance it was felt that the size and weight of the film…
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19/09/2017
Letter to Joan Pearson informing her of the closure of the A.B.C. Aston Cinema, Birmingham and her redeployment to the A.B.C. Sparkbrook, Birmingham in July 1969.
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19/09/2017
A poem written by Joan Pearson on the occasion of the closure of the A.B.C. Aston, Birmingham in 1969.

Goodbye dear box 'this soon we part /
To leave behind a broken heart /
With no more laughter in our voice /
We have to go we have no choice…
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19/09/2017
Letter from the National Association of Theatre and Kine Employees (N.A.T.K.E.) providing details of the start of single-manning in 1969.
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19/09/2017
Members of the projection team - including Joan Pearson and D. Neale (chief) - in the projection box of the Aston Cinema, Birmingham in 1968.
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19/09/2017
A letter from the district manager of the A.B.C. cinema chain congratulating the team from the Robin Hood Cinema, Birmingham (lead by Bill Pearson) for winning the Projectionist Efficiency Competition, 1963.
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19/09/2017
Photograph of the projection team at the Bristol Cinema, Birmingham in 1962. From left to right: K. Patel, D. Brinkworth, Joan Pearson, D. Thom, K. Jones, J. Fielding.
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19/09/2017
Copy of a letter to Joan Pearson concerning her promotion to the position of co-second projectionist, includes details of wages.
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19/09/2017
Two members of the projection staff in the projection box at the Bristol Cinema, Birmingham in 1953.
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19/09/2017
Photograph of the projectors in the projection box at the Orient Cinema, Birmingham in the early 1950s.
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19/09/2017
A photograph of the projection room at the Piccadilly Cinema, Birmingham in 1952.
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The photograph of the projection team in the box at the Royalty Cinema, Birmingham in 1954. Bill Pearson appears second from the right (with cat!).
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19/09/2017
Joan Pearson in the projection room at the A.B.C. Orient cinema, Birmingham (1951)
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28/09/2017
Joan Pearson in the projection box of the Aston Cinema, Birmingham in the 1960s.
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19/09/2017
A photograph of Bill Pearson projecting at R.A.F. Ternhill in 1951 whilst on National Service. Image © Joan and Bill Pearson

01/03/2017
From the ‘projectionettes’ of the two world wars right up to the present day, this audio-visual talk by Dr Rebecca Harrison (University of Glasgow) and Dr Richard Wallace (University of Warwick) will reveal the hidden history of the women who…

22/03/2017
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.

21/03/2017
Projectionist Joan Pearson describes the process and problems of showing 3-D films.

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.

21/03/2017
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.

20/03/2017
Projectionist Florence Barton describes an incident in Leicester where a deliberate act of sabotage was carried out in order to try and sack her.

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

20/03/2017
Projectionist Florence Barton describes being recruited as a 'projectionette' during the Second World War after the male projectionists were called up.

20/03/2017
Projectionist Florence Barton describes the work that she was expected to do around the cinema.

20/03/2017
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.

20/02/2017
A cue sheet for a Projectomatic automation system.

03/10/2016

29/12/2015
Projectionist Neil Thompson describes the process of using a platter (cake stand) projection system.

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.

29/12/2015
Projectionist Neil Thompson describes the process of setting up and checking cinema sound systems.

29/12/2015
Projectionist Neil Thompson outlines the process of starting the film, checking sound levels and checking the aperture plates as part of good presentation.

29/12/2015
Projectionist Neil Thompson describes the characteristics of polyester film, including its static properties, the difficultiy tearing it and the problems that these caused.

29/12/2015
Projectionist Neil Thompson describes his morning routine, preparing for the day's screenings, cleaning the projection room and conducting other duties around the cinema.

29/12/2015
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.

29/12/2015
Projectionist Neil Thompson describes the change in lighting technology from fast-burning carbon arc lamps to long-lasting xenon lamps.

29/12/2015
Projectionist Neil Thompson outlines his thoughts as being the last link in the creative process.

29/12/2015
Projectionist Neil Thompson describes the process of using automated projection systems from the 1980s onwards.

29/12/2015
Projectionist Neil Thompson descibes the arrival of digital projection in his cinema, including the timeline of the digital conversion.

09/12/2015
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.

09/12/2015
Projectionist and cinema manager Phil Fawke describes the process of training 'on the job'.

09/12/2015
Projectionist and cinema manager Phil Fawke describes the role of the chief projectionist.

09/12/2015
Projectionist and cinema manager Phil Fawke describes the separation of spaces in cinema projection rooms.

09/12/2015
Projectionist and cinema manager Phil Fawke describes the process of changing-over a film including replacing the carbon rods in the arc lamps.

09/12/2015
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.

09/12/2015
Projectionist and cinema manager Phil Fawke describes his morning routine and the process of cleaning the projection box.

09/12/2015
Projectionist and cinema manager Phil Fawke describes the process of repairing film damage.

09/12/2015
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…

08/12/2015
Projectionist and BECTU representative Mick Corfield describes his experiences working as a relief projectionist in a variety of cinemas around the UK.

08/12/2015
Projectionist and BECTU representative Mick Corfield describes the process of starting a performance.

08/12/2015
Projectionist and BECTU representative Mick Corfield describes how he met his wife when they were both working in the same cinema.

08/12/2015
Projectionist and BECTU representative Mick Corfield describes the erosion of presentation in multiplex cinemas.

08/12/2015
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.

08/12/2015
Projectionist and BECTU representative Mick Corfield describes the moment he knew digital projectors would replace projectionists.

08/12/2015
Projectionist and BECTU representative Mick Corfield outlines the difference made to the cinema-going experience by viewing a film with an audience.

08/12/2015
Projectionist and BECTU representative Mick Corfield describes is experiences of automated projection systems on the work of projectionists.

04/12/2015
Projectionist Mike Williams describes a Welsh cinema with unconventional entry policies, comparing it so scenes from the comedy film The Smallest Show on Earth.

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

04/12/2015
Projectionist Mike Williams describes undertaking publicity activities, including borrowing an elephant from a visiting circus.

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.

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

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

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

04/12/2015
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.

04/12/2015
Projectionist Mike Williams describes the importance for projectionists’ work to be invisible.

04/12/2015
Projectionist Mike Williams describes the impact of promotion on his relationships with other cinema workers.

04/12/2015
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.

04/12/2015
Projectionist Mike Williams tells the story of how he accidentally destroyed a print of A Woman in a Dressing Gown.

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

03/12/2015
Projectionist Mike Williams describes the projectionist’s duties when the film was on screen, noting the importance of checking films during screenings.

01/12/2015
Projectionist Mike Williams explains the process of changing over from one projector to another between reels.

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