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No Formal Qualifications On The Job Training Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

Projectionists set up and operate movie projectors in cinemas, outdoor venues and drive-in theatres.

Projectionists work in a dimly lit environment. They are often required to work shifts, including late nights.


    Projectionists may perform the following tasks:

  • make sure the film is in good condition
  • thread film into projectors
  • operate the projector, adjust the sound level, focus the image and monitor the equipment for the duration of operation
  • change over and close down projectors
  • perform minor repairs and basic maintenance to equipment and make safety checks
  • operate slide projectors, spotlights or similar equipment
  • operate computerised equipment (called 'bio-box') used in large cinema complexes
  • supervise other staff and trainees
  • ensure compliance with safety regulations for cinemas
  • operate heating and air conditioning equipment, emergency lighting, curtains and music, which may involve using computerised equipment
  • work in the ticket box, candy bar or office
  • assist with general theatre maintenance


  • good eyesight (may be corrected) and hearing
  • normal colour vision
  • quick reflexes and mechanical aptitude
  • able to work in confined areas
  • able to work alone and as part of a team
  • good communication skills
  • able to take initiative

Interest Area

Artistic/Creative Manual/Practical


No Formal Qualifications On The Job Training Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

You can work as a projectionist without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job.

You can also become a projectionist through a traineeship in Live Production and Services.

Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Additional Information

    Once you are employed, you may be able to develop, and have recognised, additional skills under the Live Performance and Entertainment Training Package that will expand your career opportunities within this industry.


The majority of jobs are located in metropolitan areas and employment is usually on a casual basis.

The rise in use of digital projection in cinemas means that projectionists are increasingly required to have an understanding of digital formats and digital projection.

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