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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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22/10/2019
Projection box of a London cinema in 1941. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
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22/10/2019
Projection box of a Nottingham cinema in 1941. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
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22/10/2019
Projection box of a Suffolk cinema in 1940. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
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22/10/2019
Projection box of a London cinema in 1940. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
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22/10/2019
Projection box of a Lancashire cinema in 1940. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
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22/10/2019
Projection box of a Warrington cinema in 1940. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
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22/10/2019
Projection box of a Scottish cinema in 1940. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
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22/10/2019
Projection box of a Scottish cinema in 1940. Used with permission from Screen International.
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22/10/2019
Projection box of a Suffolk cinema in 1940. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
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22/10/2019
Projection box of a Nottingham cinema in 1940. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
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22/10/2019
Projection box of a cinema in Armagh, Northern Ireland, in 1940. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
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22/10/2019
Projection box of a Sheffield cinema in 1940. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
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22/10/2019
Projection box of a Lancashire cinema in 1940. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
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22/10/2019
Projection box of a Warrington cinema in 1940. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
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22/10/2019
Projection box of an Essex cinema in 1940. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
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05/09/2019
Projection box of a cinema in Greenock, Scotland, in 1940. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
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05/09/2019
Projection box of a Crewe cinema in 1940. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
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05/09/2019
Projection box of a Nottingham cinema in 1940. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
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05/09/2019
Projection box of a Brixton cinema in 1940. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
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05/09/2019
Projection box of a Leicester cinema in 1940. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
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30/08/2019
Projection box of the cinema near the Dreamland amusement park in Margate, Kent, in 1940. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
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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.​​
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30/08/2019
Projection box of a Middlesborough cinema in 1940. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
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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.​​
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24/07/2019
Projection box of a Southampton cinema in 1941. ​​Used with permission from Screen International.​​
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24/07/2019
Projection box of a West Midlands cinema in 1940. ​​Used with permission from Screen International.​​
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24/07/2019
Projection box of a Twickenham cinema in 1940. Used with permission from Screen International.​​
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24/07/2019
Projection box in Greater Manchester cinema in 1940. ​​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.​​
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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.
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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.
film reel

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

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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