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1952.01.10 - Clarence House 1.gif

10/01/1952
The projection box of Clarence House in 1952. Published with permission from Screen International.
1941.08.07 - Beacon, Smethwick.gif

07/08/1941
The projection box of the Beacon in 1940. Published with permission from Screen International.
1934.11.08 - Regal, Anstruther.jpg

08/11/1934
The projection box of the Regal cinema, Anstruther, Fife in 1934. Used in permission from Screen International.
1933.09.14 - Troxy, London.jpg

14/09/1933
The projection box of the Troxy in 1933. Used in permission from Screen International.
ashtonunderlyne_empire_33.gif

07/12/1933
Projection box of a cinema in Ashton-under-Lyne in 1933. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
cradleyheath_majestic_33.gif

13/05/1933
Projection box of a West Midlands cinema in 1933. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1933.01.19 - Black's Theatre, Sunderland.jpg

19/01/1933
Projection box of a Sunderland cinema in 1933. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
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.​​
kingstanding_40.gif

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.​​
1934.12.27 - Odeon, Lewes.jpg

30/08/2019
Projection box of the Odeon cinema in Lewes 1934. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1934.12.06 - Regal, Sunderland.jpg

30/08/2019
Projection box of the Regal cinema, Sunderland in 1934. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1934.11.29 - Savoy, Romiley.jpg

30/08/2019
Projection box of the Savoy cinema, Romiley in 1934. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1934.11.22 - New Royalty, Gosforth.jpg

30/08/2019
Projection box of the New Royalty Cinema, Gosforth in 1934. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1934.11.01 - Dominion, Leeds.jpg

30/08/2019
Projection box of the Dominion Cinema, Leeds in 1934. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1934.10.25 - Paragon, Sheffield.jpg

22/08/2019
Projection box and projectionists in the Paragon Cinema, Sheffield in 1934. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
melton_mowbray_34.gif

22/08/2019
Projection box of a Leicestershire cinema. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
edinburgh_34_2.gif

22/08/2019
Projection box of an Edinburgh cinema in 1934. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
minehead_34.gif

22/08/2019
Projection box of a Somerset cinema in 1934. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
northampton_34.gif

22/08/2019
Projection box of a Northampton cinema in 1934. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1934.08.16 - Regal, Uxbridge.jpg

22/08/2019
Projection box of an Uxbridge cinema in 1934. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1934.08.09 - Carlton, Maryport.jpg

20/08/2019
Projection box of the Carlton Cinema, Maryport, Cumbria in 1934. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1934.07.26 - Victoria, Cambridge.jpg

20/08/2019
Projection box of the Victoria Cinema, Cambridge in 1934. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1934.07.19 - Majestic, Darlington.jpg

20/08/2019
Projection box of the Majestic Cinema, Darlington in 1934. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1934.07.12 - Regent, Huddersfield.jpg

20/08/2019
Projection box of the Regent Cinema, Huddersfield in 1934. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1934.06.28 - Gaiety, Bristol.jpg

20/08/2019
Projection box of a Bristol cinema in 1934. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1934.06.21 - Ritz, Nottingham.jpg

20/08/2019
Projection box of a Nottingham cinema in 1934. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1934.06.14 - Ionic, Golders Green.jpg

20/08/2019
Projection box of Ionic Cinema, Golders Green, London cinema in 1934. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1934.06.07 - Embassy, Chadwell Heath.jpg

19/08/2019
Projection box of a cinema in Chadwell Heath in Greater London in 1934. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1934.05.17 - Capitol, Winchmore Hill.jpg

19/08/2019
Projection box of a North London cinema. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1934.05.10 - Cameo, Charing Cross Road.jpg

19/08/2019
Projection box of a London cinema in 1934. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1934.05.03 - Odeon, Worcester Park.jpg

19/08/2019
Projection box of a Sutton cinema in 1934. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1934.04.26 - Olton Cinema, Birmingham.jpg

19/08/2019
Projection box of a Solihull cinema. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1934.04.12 - Astoria, Purley.jpg

19/08/2019
Projection box of a London cinema in 1934. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1934.03.22 - Odeon, Tolworth.jpg

19/08/2019
Projection box of a London cinema in 1934. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1934.03.15 - Regal, Edmonton.jpg

19/08/2019
Projection box of an Edmonton cinema in 1934. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1934.03.08 - Princes kinema, Colwyn Bay.jpg

19/08/2019
Projection box of the Princes Kinema, Colwyn Bay in 1934. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1934.01.04 - Ice Rink, Oxford.jpg

19/08/2019
Projection box of an Oxford cinema in 1934. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1933.12.28 - Apollo,  Belfast.jpg

19/08/2019
Projection box of Belfast cinema in 1933. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1933.12.07 - The Playhouse, Oban.jpg

19/08/2019
Projection box of Scottish cinema in 1933. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1933.11.30 - St. James's Theatre, Harrogate.jpg

19/08/2019
Projection box of a North Yorkshire cinema in 1933. Used with permission from Screen International.​
1933.11.09 - Regal, Canterbury.jpg

18/08/2019
Projection box of a Canterbury cinema in 1933. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1933.02.23 - Regal, Lichfield.jpg

18/08/2019
Projection box of a Lichfield cinema in 1933. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
leeds_27_scala.gif

18/08/2019
Projection box of a Leeds cinema in 1927. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
leeds_27.gif

18/08/2019
Projection box of Leeds cinema in 1927. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1927.06.09 - Tivoli, London.jpg

18/08/2019
Projection box, equipment and projectionist in the Tivoli, London in 1927. ​​Used with permission from Screen International.​​ ​​
1950.07.13 - Rex, Intake.jpg

24/07/2019
Projection box of a Sheffield cinema in 1950. ​​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.​​
smethwick_41.gif

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.​​
1934.05.24 - Odeon, Weybridge.jpg

24/07/2019
Projection box of a Surrey cinema in 1934. ​​Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1934.12.13 - Playhouse, Whitley Bay.jpg

24/07/2019
Projection box in the Playhouse cinema, Whitley Bay in 1934. ​​Used with permission from Screen International.​​
workington_41.gif

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.
1934.02.22 - Empire, Aldershot.jpg

19/07/2019
Projection box of Hampshire cinema in 1934. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1934.02.08 - Regent, Aberdeen.jpg

19/07/2019
Projection box of Scottish cinema in 1934. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
staines_33.gif

19/07/2019
Projectionists and projection box of Surrey cinema in 1933. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
leeds_64.gif

19/07/2019
Projection box of Leeds cinema in 1964. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
wimbledon_64.gif

19/07/2019
Projectionists in projection box of London cinema in 1964. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1964.06.04 - Plaza, Picadilly.jpg

19/07/2019
Projection box of London cinema in 1964. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1950.09.29 - Beaufort, Washwood Heath.jpg

03/07/2019
Projection box of the Beaufort Cinema, Washwood Heath, Birmingham in 1950. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1950.06.15 - Regal, Caversham.jpg

03/07/2019
Projection box of the Regal, Caversham cinema in 1950. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1950.05.11 - Regal, Byker.jpg

03/07/2019
Projection box of a Newcastle cinema (in the Byker district) in 1950. Used with permission from Screen International.
1960.01.07 - Empire, Leicester Square.jpg

03/07/2019
Projection box of a London cinema in the 1960s. Used with permission from Screen International.
1960.03.10 - Regest, Keighley.jpg

03/07/2019
Projectionist in the projection box of a West Yorkshire cinema in the 1960s. Used with permission from Screen International.
bayswater_61.gif

03/07/2019
Projection box of a London cinema in the 1960s. Used with permission from Screen International.
bradford_27.gif

03/07/2019
Chief projectionist in the projection box of a West Yorkshire cinema in 1927. 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.​​
1960.12.08 - Plaza, Port Talbot.jpg

03/07/2019
South Wales projection box in the 1960s. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1933.03.16 - Regal Twins, Manchester 2.jpg

03/07/2019
Projectionists in the projection box of a Manchester cinema in 1933. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
edinburgh_ritz_33.gif

03/07/2019
Projectionists in the projection box of an Edinburgh cinema in 1933. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
1927.05.12 - Plaza, London.jpg

29/06/2019
Montage of photos of the projection box and projectionists at the Plaza, London in 1927. Used with permission from Screen International.​
1927.04.27 - Cinema House, Sheffield.jpg

29/06/2019
Chief projectionist of the Cinema House, Sheffield cinema in 1927. Used with permission from Screen International.​
1927.04.21 - Savoy, Plymouth.jpg

29/06/2019
Chief projectionist in projection box of the Savoy cinema, Plymouth in 1927. Used with permission from Screen International.​
1927.04.17 - Piccadilly, Manchester.jpg

29/06/2019
Projection box of the Piccadilly, Manchester in 1927 with chief projectionist inset. Used with permission from Screen International.​
1927.04.07 - Empire, Rotherham.jpg

29/06/2019
Projection box at the Empire cinema, Rotherham cinema in 1927 with projectionist inset. 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.
1950.01.12 - Odeon, Worcester.jpg

29/06/2019
Projectionists in the projection box of the Odeon in Worcester, which opened in 1950. Used with permission from Screen International.
1950.06.01 - Regal, Edinburgh.jpg

29/06/2019
Chief projectionist and cinema manager inspecting the installation of new projectors at an Edinburgh cinema in 1950. Used with permission from Screen International.
Kinematograph Weekly, 26 August 1948, p. 30

29/06/2019
Projectionists in the projection box of the Ritz, Leeds cinema in 1948. Used with permission from Screen International.
1952.03.13 - State, Barkingside.jpg

29/06/2019
Chief projectionist in the projection box of an Essex cinema in 1952. Used with permission from Screen International.
1952.05.15 - Waldorf, Sparkbrook.jpg

29/06/2019
Chief projectionist of the Waldorf Cinema in the Sparkbrook district of Birmingham in 1952. Used with permission from Screen International.
1952.05.15 - Curzon, Mayfair.jpg

29/06/2019
The chief projectionist and second operator in the projection box of a London cinema in 1952. Used with permission from Screen International.
1952.09.11 - New Victoria, Preston.jpg

29/06/2019
Three projectionists in the projection box of a Preston cinema in 1952. Used with permission from Screen International.
1953.01.15 - Essoldo, Kilburn.jpg

29/06/2019
Projectionist in the projection box of a London cinema in 1953. Used with permission from Screen International.
1953.12.03 - Gainsborough, Leeds.jpg

29/06/2019
Projectionist in projection box of the Gainsborough cinema, Leeds cinema in 1953. Used with permission from Screen International.
1962.07.12 - ABC, Southend.jpg

29/06/2019
Three projectionists in the projection box of a Southend cinema in 1962. 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.
1941.11.06 - Embassy, North Harrow.jpg

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.
1934.11.15 - Adelphi, Slough.jpg

26/06/2019
Team of projectionists in the projection box of a Slough cinema in 1934. Used with permission from Screen International.
1934.10.18 - Victoria, Mablethorpe.jpg

26/06/2019
Two projectionists in the Victoria Cinema, Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire in 1934. Used with permission from Screen International.
1934.08.23 - Astoria, Hull.jpg

26/06/2019
Chief projectionist, second and third operators in the projection box of the Astoria Cinema in Hull, which opened in 1934. Used with permission from Screen International.
1934.05.31 - Ambassadors, Hendon.jpg

26/06/2019
Three projectionists in the projection box of a London Cinema in 1934. Used with permission from Screen International.
1934.04.05 - Playhouse, Felixstowe.jpg

26/06/2019
Projectionist in the projection box of the Playhouse Cinema in 1934. Used with permission from Screen International.
1934.02.15 - Mayfair, Glasgow.jpg

26/06/2019
A projectionist in the projection box of the Mayfair Cinema in Glasgow, which opened in 1934. Used with permission from Screen International.
1933.10.26 - Rialto, Bebington.jpg

26/06/2019
Two projectionists in the projection box of the Rialto, which opened in July 1933. Used with permission from Screen International.
1933.10.19 - Savoy, Shirehampton.jpg

26/06/2019
Two projectionists in the projection box of a Bristol cinema, which opened in October 1933. Used with permission from Screen International.
1933.10.05 - Odeon, South Harrow.jpg

26/06/2019
Projection box with two projectionists and Kalee 11 super sound projectors in 1933. Used with permission from Screen International.
1933.09.28 - Plaza, West Wickham.jpg

26/06/2019
Chief projectionist, Joseph Brewer, in the projection box of The Plaza cinema, which opened in September 1933. Used with permission from Screen International.
1952.09.11 - Globe, Arborfield.jpg

26/06/2019
Pamela LeClerq, chief operator, and Mrs Fitzgerald, second operator at the Globe in Arborfield, one of the Army Kinematograph Corporation's chain of kinemas in 1952. Used with permission from Screen International.
Digital Projector.jpg

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.
Projection box - Royalty Cinema, Birmingham (1953)

05/10/2017
Photographs of the projection box at the A.B.C. Royalty cinema, Birmingham during the 1950s.
p45.jpg

19/09/2017
Bill Pearson in the projection box at the A.B.C. Cinema, Coventry in 1984.
Untitled-1.jpg

19/09/2017
Bill Pearson in the projection box at the Robin Hood Cinema, Birmingham (1967)
p13.jpg

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.
Pearson 4.jpg

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.
p7.jpg

19/09/2017
Two members of the projection staff in the projection box at the Bristol Cinema, Birmingham in 1953.
p62.jpg

19/09/2017
Photograph of the projectors in the projection box at the Orient Cinema, Birmingham in the early 1950s.
p6.jpg

19/09/2017
A photograph of the projection room at the Piccadilly Cinema, Birmingham in 1952.
p5.jpg

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!).
Pearson 1.jpg

19/09/2017
Joan Pearson in the projection room at the A.B.C. Orient cinema, Birmingham (1951)
Joan Pearson - A.B.C. Aston Cinema, Birmingham<br />

28/09/2017
Joan Pearson in the projection box of the Aston Cinema, Birmingham in the 1960s.
film reel

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

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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