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The Cinema Projectionist Archives hold a range of audio-visual resources documenting the working lives of cinema projectionists in Britain from the 1890s to the 2010s. Here you can find extracts from audio interviews with projectionists, videos, documents, magazine articles and possibly the world’s largest online collection of images of projection box. Navigate through the material by decade, theme, or type of material.
1941.01.30 - Prince of Wales, London.jpg

30/01/1941
Projection box of a London cinema in 1941. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1941.01.23 - Scala, Nottingham.jpg

23/01/1941
Projection box of a Nottingham cinema in 1941. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1940.12.26 - Odeon. Ipswich.jpg

26/12/1940
Projection box of a Suffolk cinema in 1940. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1940.12.19 - Odeon, Hackney.jpg

22/10/2019
Projection box of a London cinema in 1940. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1940.12.05 - Savoy, Darwen.jpg

22/10/2019
Projection box of a Lancashire cinema in 1940. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1940.11.28 - Star, Warrington.jpg

22/10/2019
Projection box of a Warrington cinema in 1940. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1940.11.07 - Palace, Arbroath.jpg

22/10/2019
Projection box of a Scottish cinema in 1940. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1940.10.31 - Regal, Saltcoats.jpg

22/10/2019
Projection box of a Scottish cinema in 1940. Used with permission from Screen International.
1940.10.03 - Gainsborough, Sudbury.jpg

22/10/2019
Projection box of a Suffolk cinema in 1940. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1940.09.26 - Aspley, Nottingham.jpg

22/10/2019
Projection box of a Nottingham cinema in 1940. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1940.09.12 - Rex, Sheffield.jpg

22/10/2019
Projection box of a Sheffield cinema in 1940. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1940.08.29 - Palace, Nelson.jpg

22/10/2019
Projection box of a Lancashire cinema in 1940. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1940.08.22 - Cameo, Warrington.jpg

22/10/2019
Projection box of a Warrington cinema in 1940. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1940.07.18 - Regal, Dovercourt.jpg

22/10/2019
Projection box of an Essex cinema in 1940. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1940.05.16 - Palace, Greenock.jpg

05/09/2019
Projection box of a cinema in Greenock, Scotland, in 1940. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1940.05.02 - Plaza, Crewe.jpg

05/09/2019
Projection box of a Crewe cinema in 1940. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1940.04.25 - Ritz, Nottingham.jpg

05/09/2019
Projection box of a Nottingham cinema in 1940. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1940.04.25 - Astoria, Brixton.jpg

05/09/2019
Projection box of a Brixton cinema in 1940. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1940.04.04 - Elvington Cinema, Leicester.jpg

05/09/2019
Projection box of a Leicester cinema in 1940. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1940.03.07 - Dreamland, Margate.jpg

30/08/2019
Projection box of the cinema near the Dreamland amusement park in Margate, Kent, in 1940. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1940.02.29 - Paramount, Tottenham Court Road.jpg

30/08/2019
Projection box of a London cinema in Tottenham Court Road in 1940. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
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30/08/2019
Projection box of a cinema in Kingstanding, Birmingham, in 1940. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1940.01.25 - Odeon, Middlesbrough.jpg

30/08/2019
Projection box of a Middlesbrough cinema in 1940. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1940.01.11 - Central, Skegness.jpg

24/07/2019
Projection box of a Lincolnshire cinema in ​​1940. ​​Used with permission from Screen International.​​
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24/07/2019
Projection box of a West Midlands cinema in 1941. ​​Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1941.12.25 - Forum, Southampton.jpg

24/07/2019
Projection box of a Southampton cinema in 1941. ​​Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1940.06.06 - Danilo, Stourbridge.jpg

24/07/2019
Projection box of a West Midlands cinema in 1940. ​​Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1940.02.01 - Regal, Twickenham.jpg

24/07/2019
Projection box of a Twickenham cinema in 1940. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1940.07.25 - Palace, Urmston.jpg

24/07/2019
Projection box in Greater Manchester cinema in 1940. ​​Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1949.01.06 - Gloria, Walker-on-Tyne.jpg

24/07/2019
Projection box in cinema of Walker district of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1949. ​​Used with permission from Screen International.​​
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24/07/2019
Projection box in Cumbria cinema in 1941. ​​Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1947.09.11 - Savoy, Blackburn.jpg

19/07/2019
Projection box of Lancashire cinema in 1947. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1940.02.22 - Ritz, Bexhill-on-Sea.jpg

19/07/2019
Projection box of East Sussex cinema in 1940. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1947.03.13 - Hippodrome, Altrincham.jpg

19/07/2019
Projection box of Cheshire cinema in 1947. Used with permission from Screen International.
1940.07.11 - Ritz, Armagh.jpg

03/07/2019
Projection box in a 1940s' cinema in Northern Ireland. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1947.04.24 - Gaumont, Chadwell Heath.jpg

29/06/2019
Chief projectionist, second operator and team of women projectionists in the projection box of an Essex cinema in 1947. Used with permission from Screen International.​
1947.10.23 - Picture House, Cleckheaton.jpg

29/06/2019
Projectionists in the projection box of a West Yorkshire cinema in 1947. Used with permission from Screen International.​
1948.07.01 - Gaumont, Haymarket.jpg

29/06/2019
Projectionists performing a changeover in the projection box of a London cinema in 1948. Used with permission from Screen International.​
1948.10.21 - Regal, Hammersmith.jpg

29/06/2019
Second operator of a London cinema services projectors in 1948. Used with permission from Screen International.​
1948.11.04 - Regal, Ferensway, Hull.jpg

29/06/2019
Chief projectionist surveying the newly installed projectors in the projection box of a Hull cinema in 1948. Used with permission from Screen International.
1948.12.16 - Gaumont State, Kilburn.jpg

29/06/2019
Team of projectionists in the projection box of a London cinema in 1948. Used with permission from Screen International.​
1949.02.10 - Crown, Wortley.jpg

29/06/2019
Chief projectionist in the projection box of a Leeds cinema in 1949. Used with permission from Screen International.
1949.12.08 - Bristol, Birnimgham.jpg

29/06/2019
Chief projectionist of a Birmingham cinema checking the projectors in 1949. Used with permission from Screen International.
1948.04.15 - Palace, Dunfermline.jpg

01/01/2018
Chief projectionist of Dunfermline cinema in the projection box in 1948. Used with permission from Screen International.
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26/06/2019
Mrs Cunningham (nicknamed 'Winnie'), woman projectionist in the projection box of the Embassy Cinema in North Harrow in 1941. Used with permission from Screen International.
1942.12.03 - ENSA training school.jpg

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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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.
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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.
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20/03/2017
Projectionist Florence Barton describes being recruited as a 'projectionette' during the Second World War after the male projectionists were called up.
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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.
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09/12/2015
Projectionist and cinema manager Phil Fawke describes the process of training 'on the job'.
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09/12/2015
Projectionist and cinema manager Phil Fawke describes the role of the chief projectionist.
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09/12/2015
Projectionist and cinema manager Phil Fawke describes the separation of spaces in cinema projection rooms.
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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.
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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.
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09/12/2015
Projectionist and cinema manager Phil Fawke describes his morning routine and the process of cleaning the projection box.
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09/12/2015
Projectionist and cinema manager Phil Fawke describes the process of repairing film damage.
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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…
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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.

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