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Cinema or theatre attendant

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Cinema and theatre attendants help customers visiting entertainment shows.

Average salary (a year)


Typical hours (a week)

23 to 25 variable

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on shifts

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How to become

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How to become a cinema or theatre attendant

You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly


You may be able to start by doing a customer service practitioner intermediate apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

More Information


You can sometimes find voluntary work with community theatres or cinemas. Look out for local announcements or search on Do It.

Direct Application

You can apply directly to vacancies advertised by theatres and cinemas. Experience of dealing with the public, for example in retail or hospitality, may give you an advantage though it's not always essential.

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Career tips

An interest in film or the arts would be helpful.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • customer service skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to enjoy working with other people
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to understand people’s reactions
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You may need to be aged 18 or over for jobs that involve serving alcohol.

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

You could:

  • check tickets
  • show people to their seats
  • sell programmes
  • sell refreshments from trays or kiosks during the interval
  • deal with any problems or complaints
  • re-stock the refreshment kiosks and trays
  • collect litter and tidy up after a show
  • work in the cinema or theatre's cafe, bar or box office

Working environment

You could work in a theatre or at a cinema.

You may need to wear a uniform.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

You could become a cashier, team leader or manager.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Customer Service Practitioner Apprentice (35059)

  • Wage: £195.00 Weekly
  • Location: Bury

Courses In England

Customer Service - Level 1

  • Start date: 30 April 2022
  • Location:


  • Start date: 12 September 2022
  • Location: Leeds

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