Cinema or theatre attendants, also known as ushers, work in the foyer and auditorium of a cinema or theatre. They sell tickets and refreshments, control access to the theatre and auditoriums, show people to their seats and clean the cinema or theatre.
You could be:
answering phone enquiries and taking bookings in advance, using a digital map of the auditorium to find vacant seats
selling tickets before the performance starts
checking tickets and showing people to their seats
selling programmes and refreshments in the auditorium, handling money, while standing and balancing a tray strapped to your shoulders
making sure people remained seated throughout the performance
supervising the auditorium during the performance, dealing with disputes over seating and confronting anyone who is causing a disturbance
serving hot and cold food and drinks from a kiosk in the foyer and alcoholic drinks from a bar
displaying and pricing stock in kiosks and vending machines and counting the cash at the end of the day
cleaning and tidying the auditorium, foyer, toilets and other areas at the end of each performance.
The figures below are only a guide. Actual salaries may vary, depending on:
where you work
the size of the company or organisation you work for
the demand for the job.
Starting pay is often based on the National Minimum Wage (NMW) or the National Living Wage (NLW).
As of 1 April 2023 the National Minimum Wage is £7.49 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20 and £10.18 an hour for workers aged 21 to 22. The National Living Wage for those aged 23 and over. is £10.42 an hour. Some assistants can earn around £8.00 an hour.
You could work in a small local theatre or cinema, a large city theatre, a multi-screen cinema, a concert hall or a large arena.
You would work mostly in the afternoons and evenings (sometimes until about midnight) and at weekends.
Part time work is common.
In some places, such as holiday resorts, the work may be seasonal.
You may be walking up and down steps and tiered seating areas.
You would usually wear a uniform, which the employer will usually provide.