How to become a cinema projectionist
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- working towards this role
- applying directly
You could learn some of the skills you'll need through a college course like:
- Level 2 Certificate in Digital Media
- Level 2 Diploma in Digital Audio Visual Production
You'll usually need:
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
You may be able to start work in a cinema complex as a cinema usher or ticket seller before moving into a projectionist role through internal training.
You can apply directly to cinemas for a trainee projectionist job.
You'll find it useful to have some technical skills, for example in electrics, electronics, cameras or sound equipment. IT skills are also important as many cinemas use programmable digital projectors.
Employers may test your technical knowledge and ability before offering you a position.
A keen interest and knowledge of UK, US and world cinema will be helpful. Joining a film club can be a good way of developing your knowledge of film formats and projection equipment.
You can find out more about careers in film from Screen Skills
You can also find out more about working in the creative industries from Discover Creative Careers.