Rimbaud III wrote:Lazy/inexperienced projectionists pretty much sums it up
Saying that is sort of like calling an employee at the nearest Subway "lazy/inexperienced" because your sandwich was sort of a piece of shit. It's silly.
Chain movie theaters with digital projectors (which is to say most movie theaters at this point, right?) do not have "projectionists." If there is someone up there, it's a 17 year-old kid earning minimum wage who basically just presses a button and makes sure nothing is totally fucked up. I say "if" because many theaters now have projectors that just start themselves.
The person responsible for these projectors is usually the assistant manager, a 22 year-old kid earning slightly more than minimum wage. They get the drives or whatever with the zillion gig files delivered, bring them up into the booth, load them onto the computer, attach trailers, and schedule them to show-up/start at the right times. That last part is the main focus.
The projector is set-up when it's installed, the general manager (a 30 year-old person earning maybe a bit more than the 22 year-old) reads the entire manual and they'll maybe change something when it fucks up. If they're told some bullshit about the bulbs, they'll roll with it.
That's it. That's the model for movie theater chains in 2012.
These people are not lazy, they're just doing exactly what they're told to do. They're not really inexperienced either, because these aren't really jobs that most people are going to be doing for an extended period of time - most of them work part-time. The responsibilities of the people who deal with the projectors are basically on par with those of the person who sells popcorn or rips tickets. Success amounts to being able to exceed your per-cap for concession sales or up-sizing enough orders, etc. In the case of "projection", it's making sure everything starts.
They more than likely do not know or care about what looks good or even about movies for that matter and neither do most of the people going to see the movies.