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A glossary of common words and technical terminology used by projectionists and film exhibitors — in many languages.

This glossary is intended to help anyone searching for information about analog film projection and exhibition locate resources in non-English languages.

Disclaimer: This list may contain inaccuracies - Sprocket School editors are mainly native English speakers and are creating it based on internet research, words on film leader and film can labels, and conversations with other projectionists.

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Glossary

A

Acetate

  • Japanese - アセテート

Analog

  • Japanese - アナログ
  • Spanish - analógico

Anamorphic

  • Japanese - アナモフィック
  • Spanish - anamorfico

Aperture plate

  • Japanese - 開口プレート

Archive

  • Japanese - アーカイブ

Archivist

Aspect ratio

  • Slovak - obrazovy formát / formát obrazového pole
  • Japanese - アスペクト比

Audio

  • Slovak - zvuk

Auditorium

—see also Movie theater

B

Base (of film)

C

Changeover

Celluloid

  • Spanish - celuloide

Cue mark

Carbon arc

Cinema

— see also Movie theater

Countdown

D

Douser

Drive-In movie theater

E

Emulsion

Exciter lamp

Exhibitor

F

Feature

Film

  • — see also Movie
  • — see also Film print

Film collection

Film distributor

Film format

  • Slovak - nosič

Film gate

— see Gate

Film gauge

— see Film format

Film lab

Film print

  • Slovak - filmového materiálu

Focus

Frame

G

Gate (projector part)

Grain

  • Spanish - grano

H

I

Inspection

  • Slovak - kontrole

J

K

L

Lamphouse

Leader

Lens

  • Spanish - lente

M

Marquee

Masking

Movie

  • Japanese - 映画

Movie theater

  • Albanian - kino / kinema / bioskopi / filmteatri
  • Arabic - سينما
  • Azerbaijani - kinoteatr
  • Bambara - sinima
  • Belarusian - Кінатэатр
  • Bulgarian - Киносалон
  • Cheyenne - môxe’a’xémâhéó’o
  • Chinese - 电影院
  • Croation - kino
  • Czech - kino
  • Catalan - sala de cinema / cinema
  • Danish - biograf
  • Dutch - bioscoop
  • Estonian - kino
  • Esperanto - kinejo
  • Finnish - elokuvateatteri
  • French - salle de cinéma / cinéma
  • Gaelic - pictiúrlann
  • German - Kino
  • Hebrew - בית קולנוע
  • Hungarian - filmszínház
  • Icelandic - kvikmyndahús
  • Indonesian - bioskop
  • Italian - cinema / sala cinematografica
  • Japanese - 映画館
  • Javanese - biyoskup
  • Korean - 영화관
  • Ladino - Filmo
  • Latin - cinemateum
  • Latvian - kinoteātris
  • Lithuanian - kino teatras
  • Luxembourgish - Kino
  • Macedonian - Кино
  • Malay - pawagam / panggung wayang gambar
  • Mongolian - Кинотеатр
  • Norwegian - kino
  • Pashto - سينما
  • Persian - سینما
  • Polish - kino
  • Portuguese - sala de cinema / cinema
  • Romanian - cinematograf / sală de cinema
  • Russian - Кинотеатр
  • Serbian - Биоскоп / кино
  • Slovak - kino
  • Slovenian - kino
  • Spanish - sala de proyección / sala de cine / cine
  • Sudanese - bioskop
  • Swahili - jumba la sinema
  • Swedish - biograf
  • Tagalog - sinehan
  • Thai - โรงภาพยนตร
  • Turkish - sinema
  • Ukranian - Кінотеа́тр
  • Uzbek - kinematógraf
  • Vietnamese - rạp chiếu phim
  • Welsh - sinema
  • Wolof - sinemaa
  • Yiddish - קינא
  • Zulu - ibhayisikobho

Multiplex

N

Nitrate

O

P

Pad roller

Pedestal

Projection

  • Hungarian - vetités
  • Japanese - 映写
  • Spanish - proyección

Projection booth

  • Slovak - promitací kabina
  • Spanish - cabina de proyección / cabina / caseta

Projectionist

  • French - projectionniste
  • German - Filmvorführer
  • Italian - proiezionista
  • Japanese - 映写技師
  • Slovak - promítač
  • Spanish - proyeccionista / operador de cine
  • Swedish - biografmaskinist

Projector

  • Japanese - 映写機 (note: specifically means movie projectors)
  • Japanese - プロジェクター (note: more general term)
  • Spanish - proyector

Q

R

Rectifier

Reel

  • French - bobine
  • Hungarian - tekercs (plural: tekercset)
  • Japanese - フィルム一巻/リール
  • Spanish - rollo

Rewind

S

Screen

  • Arabic - شاشة عرض
  • Catalan - pantalla de projecció
  • Dutch - projectiescherm
  • Finnish - valkokangas
  • German - Bildwand
  • German - Leinwand
  • German - Projektionswand
  • Japanese - スクリーン
  • Korean - 스크린
  • Polish - ekran kinowy / ekran projekcyjny
  • Spanish - pantalla de proyección
  • Swedish - filmduk (plural: filmduken)
  • Vietnamese - màn chiếu

Screening

  • Slovak - predstavení

Shutter

Soundtrack

  • Slovak - stopa

Splice

  • Slovak - nalepené ukázky

Splicer

Sprocket

T

Take-up

Trailer

U

V

Volume (sound level)

W

X

Xenon

Y

Z