pro·​jec·​tion·​ist | \ prə-ˈjek-sh(ə-)nist How to pronounce projectionist (audio) \

Definition of projectionist

: one that makes projections: such as
b : a person who operates a motion-picture projector or television equipment

Examples of projectionist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mickey Rourke played a sinister projectionist in this horror anthology film which boasted segments directed by Garris, Joe Dante, Ryūhei Kitamura, Alejandro Brugués, and David Slade. Clark Collis,, "From Critters 2 to Nightmare Cinema: Mick Garris' life in horror," 26 Oct. 2020 The Billiken had two projectors, and the projectionist had to seamlessly switch between reels via a foot pedal. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "Despite the odds, Anchorage used to have 3 drive-in movie theaters in operation at the same time," 11 Oct. 2020 The venue uses 1940s-era Simplex E-7 twin projectors, manned by an actual projectionist, to show movies on a massive screen. Erik Piepenburg, New York Times, "6 Ways to Celebrate Halloween From Behind the Wheel," 3 Oct. 2020 Tim advertised for shepherds in Farmers Weekly and got a steelworker, a gardener, and a cinema projectionist. Larissa Macfarquhar, The New Yorker, "How Prosperity Transformed the Falklands," 29 June 2020 The projectionist eventually resolved the mechanical issues. Mary Sollosi,, "Read an excerpt from Stephen Rebello's juicy Valley of the Dolls history Dolls! Dolls! Dolls!," 5 June 2020 Finally, the beleaguered projectionist restarts the show from the beginning, but everything sounds even worse—and funnier—than before. Mary Sollosi,, "Read an excerpt from Stephen Rebello's juicy Valley of the Dolls history Dolls! Dolls! Dolls!," 5 June 2020 Mom’s youngest brother was a movie projectionist by trade, and a railroad enthusiast. Bulletin Board, Twin Cities, "Sunday Bulletin Board: The Case of the Distracted Driver — or: A funny thing happened on the way from the pump!," 17 Nov. 2019 Habibullah Habib, 61, a film projectionist who helped hide the films decades ago, said of that day. Siobhán O'grady, Washington Post, "The Taliban decimated Afghanistan’s film industry. This is what survived.," 27 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of projectionist

1919, in the meaning defined above

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“Projectionist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of projectionist

: a person who operates a machine (called a projector) that shows movies on a screen in a theater

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