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Training need to keep projectionist jobs

Photo caption: IA workers are both behind the scenes and behind the box office, doing everything that needs to get done to make the performance an enjoyable experience for all.

At the 58th Biennial Convention in 1986, IA President Di Tolla noted that many projectionists were displaced by automation in the booth.

“The new automated equipment is delicate and complex and needs expert maintenance and repair,” he noted, adding “our members must be trained and qualified to do that job and the training, if not furnished by employers, must be provided by us.”

Four years later, in 1990, President Di Tolla would again address the concerns of the projectionists:

“Throughout the past 20 years we have seen an erosion of our projectionist jurisdiction which has dictated the necessity for direct and decisive action by the International office . . .  the advent and incursion of automation into our job area and the continued advancement of technology, has demanded a total re-evaluation of our function in the modern theater as projectionists, engineers and service technicians. . .

“Where we have taken the time and trouble to keep our members current with evolving technology and have been willing to accept new and changing job functions and assignments, we have proven that not only can we secure full-time employment for our members, but we can also achieve increases in wages, pension and welfare benefits and excellent working conditions.”

The projectionists that year were urged to seek further education in “sound, HVAC refrigeration and other technical areas utilized within the theater.”