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 One sudden case of amnesia later, Arquette is journeying through a post-punk Lower East Side wonderland and romancing hunky Bleecker Street projectionist Aidan Quinn, while Madonna relaxes in a foofy cocoon of bourgeois suburban splendor. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 6 Dec. 2021 The film’s title was inspired by late night walks and talks Belabbes shared with the cinema’s projectionist. Alissa Simon, Variety, 26 Nov. 2021 The projectionist offers up a rare print of Cries and Whispers, the one where the trio of sisters slowly destroy one another’s lives and/or die. Rachel Handler, Vulture, 12 July 2021 Officers arrested the manager and projectionist for pornography, confiscated the film reel and lined up members of the audience. Tamar Hallerman, ajc, 24 June 2021 At the time, Diaz was studying film at California State University, Northridge and working as a projectionist at a movie theater. ProPublica, 9 Apr. 2021 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,, 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, 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, 3 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of projectionist

1919, in the meaning defined above

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10 Dec 2021

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“Projectionist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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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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