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Projection Hero

Projection Hero is an interactive installation that allows you to play cinema projectionist, dimming the lights, opening the curtains and playing movies - featuring interviews with retired projectionists at the moment that…

Made by

Charlotte Crofts at Curzon Cinema Clevedon

Charlotte Crofts

Charlotte Crofts is a creative producer and Associate Professor in Filmmaking in the School of Film and Journalism, Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education at the University of the West of England (UWE) Bristol.

Working with



Tarim creates Media Playgrounds - installations which people can both play with and build new and different places to play in.

Cathy Poole, Education Officer at the Curzon Community Cinema, Clevedon

Jo Reid Calvium

The Projection Hero installation is a miniature cinema (about the size of a small rabbit hutch), with operational cinema screen, curtains and lights which can be manipulated by any mobile device that can access the web. Just scan the QR code on the screen from within the Curzon Memories App to gain control of the cinema. Alternatively you can use any QR Reader or simply type in the URL on the screen into your web browser. The installation situates you as the projectionist, inviting you to dim the lights, open the tabs and play the next reel. Hidden inside the box is a laptop which connects to an Internet server with an Arduino and h-bridge to control the curtains and lights.

Projection Hero is on permanent display at the Curzon Community Cinema, Clevedon. However, we've made a smaller version called The Fleapit, inspired by Projection Hero, but small enough to fit in a suitcase. 

If you are interested in me coming to do a talk about my work, or in hiring the The Fleapit for an event or festival then please email me at I love talking about my research and am keen to reach as wide an audience as possible.

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