Sep '11 - Jan '13
If you didn't know already, I work as a part-time projectionist at the local movie theater. It is an interesting job and I find working with film remarkably enjoyable. However, the times ... they are a-changin'. For the past little while the movie industry has been moving to digital and phasing out film. At the theater I work at we have eight screens and only two have been digital, probably out of necessity to play 3D movies more than anything. Soon though, they will stop making film copies of new releases altogether. Consequently, we have been busy the past little while getting new digital projectors set up and running. A couple of weeks ago, we moved from two digital projectors to four. As of this afternoon, we got one more set up and running. By Friday, we will be completely converted to digital. Since tonight's shift was my last one until Saturday, I just started the last film print of a movie I will ever start.
What this means for me is that soon the theater will no longer need my services as a projectionist. Starting next month we'll start to cut back on our hours. Eventually, we will only keep one projectionist who can service the projectors, manage the show library, take care of new movies when they come in, and anything else particular to the projectors ... but the rest of us will be out of work as the downstairs managers will take care of most of the day-to-day operation of the projectors. (Just so you know, the day-to-day operation of the projectors will mainly consist of turning them on, making sure the movies are scheduled and start automatically, and then turning them off at the end of the night.)
As if I needed more urging to find a solid job. Part-time employment is bad enough, but staring that little green button in the face at 9:55 pm and realizing that as soon as you push it, you're done ... well, that's quite the kick in the pants.
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