pro·​jec·​tion·​ist prə-ˈjek-sh(ə-)nist How to pronounce projectionist (audio)
: one that makes projections: such as
: a person who operates a motion-picture projector or television equipment

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Showing film itself has gotten much more challenging, just in terms of the equipment, the qualified projectionists and so forth. Chris Willman, Variety, 9 May 2023 Instead, Kennedy had to slip out to see director Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus (1960), which White House projectionist Paul Fischer didn’t have a copy of, on account of the film’s 70mm projection requirements. Matt Novak, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2023 The festival will instead use the normal Playhouse Square ushers, concession stand workers, box office staff and even the union sound crew, but not the unionized projectionist that do the job, John Galinac, president of the union that represents them, said Wednesday. Sean Mcdonnell, cleveland, 16 Mar. 2022 Those projectionists, though, were highly skilled engineers and troubleshooters. Lane Brown, Vulture, 2 Mar. 2023 So, the Wolfe brothers would argue, the projectionist is part of the same creative process. Ted Alcorn Evelyn Freja, New York Times, 23 Sep. 2022 The daily diaries also note some screenings the White House projectionist wouldn’t have been aware of. Matt Novak, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2023 Theater owners were excited because digital projectors could be programmed to run on their own without human projectionists to start them up and switch reels. Lane Brown, Vulture, 2 Mar. 2023 Beginning his career at the BBC as a projectionist, Tufano worked his way up to cameraman within the film department in 1963 and would work on small-screen features with directors including Stephen Frears, Ken Russell and Alan Parker while at the broadcaster. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1919, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of projectionist was in 1919

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“Projectionist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2023.

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pro·​jec·​tion·​ist prə-ˈjek-sh(ə-)nəst How to pronounce projectionist (audio)
: a person who operates a motion-picture projector or television equipment
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