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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.
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Projectionist Neil Thompson describes the change in lighting technology from fast-burning carbon arc lamps to long-lasting xenon lamps.
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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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Projectionist Mike Williams describes the projectionist’s duties when the film was on screen, noting the importance of checking films during screenings.

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