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These are just some of the jobs a projectionist does:
Examining prints to determine the image, sound format and other information needed to screen them correctly, to check for physical damage that could prevent the print from being screened without a breakdown, e.g. edge damage, split or strained perforations and defective splices. If there is a significant amount of dirt or scratching on the print, the projectionist may determine that it is of an unacceptably low quality for presentation and return it to the distributor for a replacement.
If the print is to be shown on a two-projector system, ensuring that the leaders and tails of each reel are spliced to the picture footage correctly and that the visual changeover cues are present.
Cleaning the surfaces in the projector's film path that come into contact with or proximity to the film surface.
"Taking down" the reels of a print and supporting programme after the final screening, and spooling them back into 2,000 foot lengths.
Dispatching film prints for return to the distributor, or sometimes a "crossover" direct to another theater, and completing the shipping formalities.
Maintenance and repair
Replacement of xenon arc bulbs at the end of their service life, and completing the shipping formalities for their return to the vendor for safe disposal.
Periodic adjustment of lamphouse reflectors to ensure even and optimum illumination.
Depending on the type of projector in use, maintenance of the mechanism, e.g. periodic draining and replacement of oil in the intermittent mechanism, and/or replacement of drive belts.
Periodic replacement of other life-limited parts of projection booth equipment, e.g. pressure plates and runners.
Periodic adjustment of the A-chain of the optical sound system, in order to ensure optimum focus and alignment.
Periodic adjustment of the motor control systems in a long-play device, in order to ensure optimum feed and take-up.
Each one time consuming but i'm sure each projectionist had their own way of doing things. But now all cinema's don't run with 35mm film as they are all digital.
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