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Projectionist/Cinema House Manager


Projectionist/Cinema House Manager (full-time)


Louisville, KY United States

Application Date

August 31, 2021

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The Speed Art Museum is Kentucky’s largest art museum with a collection that spans 6,000 years of human creativity. An independent museum located on the campus of the University of Louisville, the Speed has recently undergone a multi-phase expansion and renovation that includes a new North Building, state-of-the-art Cinema, Art Park and a public piazza.

The Speed Art Museum has repeatedly been voted Kentucky’s best museum and is considered one of the top ten sites each Kentuckian should visit. The Speed honors its mission to bring great art to our communities through its distinguished collections and as the Commonwealth’s number one venue for international art exhibitions.

The Speed welcomes diverse candidates to this and all positions. [less]

Job Skills / Requirements

The Speed Cinema at the Speed Art Museum is a venue complete with 16mm, 35 mm, and digital projection (DCP/Blu-ray/DVD/digital files). The projectionist will have skills in the proper handling and presentation of archival film as well as the ingestion, management and projection of digital files and manage the screenings. These operations are complex and require a special individual with an attention to detail, a wide range of skills and a dedication to the highest standards of projection.

The projectionist will be responsible with providing audiences with a flawless cinematic experience by working with the Speed’s Guest Relations department to manage screenings, oversee ongoing maintenance of equipment and the inspection of film prints and digital/DCP files. Many events will include speakers and/or live music and will require working with lights and sound equipment.

Duties and Responsibilities:

• Ability of operate reel-to-reel with changeover systems for 35mm projectors, 16mm film projector, digital projector and digital files for projection, sound and lighting equipment, Skype online communication links, and related equipment.
• Prepare and screen film trailers, customized internal promotional presentation and custom slides.
• Handle and execute all shipping and receiving of projection materials; inspection, ingestion, preparation and testing of all projection materials.
• Ability to ensure the high-quality presentation of live events with visiting artists and scholars.
• Work in tandem with Guest Relations staff to make sure that each event runs smoothly in terms of communications with ushers, making sure events start on time and delegating or executing special assistance needed for audience members.
• Act as a liaison with security and building services to make sure that issues around security and cleaning of the space are properly addressed.
• Oversee picture and sound quality throughout each event.
• Projectionist will cover Speed-curated programs and outside rentals/partnerships involving screenings.
• Oversee the regularly scheduled maintenance of all booth equipment and communicate any necessary repair or upgrades needed.
• Projectionist will compile and submit internal paperwork related to the scheduling and presentation of events in the Speed Cinema.


• Should have experience as a projectionist is at least two of the following formats: 16mm, 35mm, and DCP.
• Understanding and experience with film, cinematic aspect rations and archive film handling.
• Ability to work a flexible schedule: weekends and nights are required.
• Should be comfortable with MAC and PC operating systems and connecting programs for presenters.

Essential Skills:

• Strong computer and organizational skills; proficiency in Microsoft Office and Security related programs preferred
• Ability to adequately multi-task while performing duties
• Ability to be flexible for interruptions and changing priorities, and to work effectively with staff, volunteers and museum guests
• Focused on attention to detail, taking initiative, and maintaining a positive attitude while working with a sense of urgency
• Demonstrates integrity, dependability, exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to effectively work with people at all levels of organization
• Ability to troubleshoot and to work towards a resolution.
• Ability to communicate clearly, quickly and efficiently by email with staff about programs, events and booth maintenance.
• Ability to be convivial and welcoming to audience members.

Physical Demands

• Must be in good physical condition to carry out the requirements of the position, including but not limited to:
o Strong vision and ability to judge and adjust focus.
o Strong hearing abilities and ability to identify the location of sound or speak issues in case of problems.
o Ability to lift, carry, push, pull and/or move equipment, supplies, etc. of up to 50 pounds throughout the workday
o Ability to stand and walk for extended periods of time, up to entirety of shift
o Ability to work in all weather conditions
o Ability to quickly move around all areas of Museum property – including use of stairs, step-stools, ladders
o Ability to reach, bend, squat/crouch, climb, kneel, crawl and twist
o Use computer, telephone, and communications equipment (cell phone, radios, etc.)
o Sees and hears, or uses prosthetics that will enable these senses to function adequately, so that the requirements of this position can be fully met

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

• This is a full-time exempt position of 40+ hours per week. This position is not eligible for overtime pay
• This position works a flexible schedule beyond normal working hours, primarily on nights and weekends


Additional Information / Benefits

For consideration all qualified internal and external candidates must submit application and resume through this Internet portal.

Your interest in the Speed Art Museum is appreciated however; only candidates selected for interview process will be notified.

The Speed Art Museum prohibits discrimination in employment, programs, and activities on the basis of race, national origin, color, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preference. The Speed Art Museum also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to museum facilities.

Benefits: Medical Insurance, Life Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Paid Vacation, Paid Sick Days, Paid Holidays, Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, 401K/403b Plan, Pension/Retirement

SALARY:  38,000-40,000