A/V Technician // Paradise Theatre

Job Title: A/V Technician
Unit: Paradise Theatre
Location: Paradise, 1006 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON
Term: Part-Time
Salary: $24-$28/hr, dependent on experience
Application Deadline: Sunday, September 29
Hire Date: Friday, October 11
Ideal Start Date: Tuesday, October 15
Expected Opening Date: Expected to be before the end of the year

Organization Description

A 1937 heritage-designated Art Deco venue in Toronto's Bloorcourt neighbourhood, Paradise reopens in 2019 following a highly anticipated renovation. Paradise offers a unique, welcoming experience through food, drink and the arts. The complex includes: Paradise Theatre, a state-of-the-art venue presenting a curated mix of newly released films, older classics and undiscovered gems, as well as live music, talk series and multi-arts events; Osteria Rialto, a full-service restaurant offering up fresh, seasonal ingredients in dishes that innovate on classic Italian cuisine; and Bar Biltmore, where spritzes, sours and negronis are enjoyed alongside small bites. 

The building on this site has operated as a cinema since 1910, and we are proud to continue its century-long tradition of bringing Torontonians together.

Paradise Theatre is a flexible space with state-of-the-art digital cinema and live A/V. As a soft seated venue, the full capacity is 208; however, the flexible design allows for various seating and standing configurations with a maximum capacity of 312. The theatre boasts a fully integratable d&b live sound system and a state-of-the-art digital cinema system, inclusive of a Barco 4K projector and QSC cinema surround sound. Paradise Theatre also offers two fully retractable screens (a larger cinema screen and a smaller lecture screens) and four lighting rigs (one automated, three stationary).

Paradise is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. Paradise is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. 

Job Description

We’re looking for a savvy and passionate A/V Technician to join Paradise Theatre’s opening team and support everything from repertory movie screenings on our big screen to complex live events on stage. The role of A/V Technician is vital in the support and production of Paradise Theatre’s high-quality programming, and in maintaining the theatre’s reputation as a premiere cultural venue in the GTA. Reporting to the A/V Manager and Paradise Theatre General Manager, the A/V Technician will be responsible for providing key technical support for a variety of events and operating all technical equipment. The A/V Technicians will utilize the appropriate technical processes and procedures when it comes to realizing the wide range of Paradise Theatre events and will troubleshoot any technical issues that may arise.

Responsibilities (include but are not limited to the following)

  • Provide technical support for a variety of events, including digital film screenings, live music and comedy, lectures, on-stage conversations and interactive events, and any other events which Paradise may present

  • Operate and manage all digital cinema equipment and content, including projector and server, DCPs, Blu-rays, plus key-encoded and other files from a computer/laptop

  • Set-up and management of Skype and other live video streaming for live events

  • Manage and provide an appropriate atmosphere in the auditorium before events through music and lighting

  • Set-up and delivery of full audio-visual for live events; including lighting and mixing desks, personal laptop content, microphones and live band equipment.

  • Liaise with clients and talent to ensure successful delivery of their content and events, and oversee tech rehearsals as scheduled.

  • Work with front of house and management teams to ensure all activities operate effectively

  • Develop a knowledge of and document how equipment connects in order to successfully troubleshoot any issues

  • Troubleshooting issues in a timely, effective and non-disruptive manner to ensure the continued delivery of Paradise content and events, keeping management informed of issues at all times

  • Ensure all equipment is cared for to the highest standard, including (but not limited to) changing projector lamps, testing and changing lighting rigs and sound equipment, etc. 

  • Maintain any in-venue digital displays and music systems

  • Assist with deliveries of A/V and projection equipment and content to Paradise Theatre

  • Liaise with Programming to ensure all event content and equipment is received and returned according to schedule

  • Liaise with Communications in the preparation and presentation of pre-show, on-screen packages and trailers

  • Arrange shipping for, collect and return content and equipment as required

  • Maintain all A/V and projection workspaces and storage areas in an organised, clean and safe fashion

  • Ingest and download digital cinema content

  • Maintain a knowledge of Paradise’s program and events, keeping up-to-date through operational briefings and planning meetings

Job Requirements

  • Post-secondary education in technical theatre production or the equivalent combination of experience and education, ideally experience within a multi-arts venue and/or working on a variety of live events.

  • Technical knowledge of digital projection, lighting, sound and Crestron systems

  • Experience operating computerized sound and lighting boards in a performance setting

  • Experience performing basic maintenance and troubleshooting on lighting and sound equipment

  • Experience in lighting equipment hanging, focussing, level-setting and other technical aspects for performances and events.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Solutions and detail-oriented individual with a high degree of professionalism

  • Ability to conduct one’s self calmly and effectively under pressure

  • Computer literacy and comfortable operating PCs

  • Proficient in Google Apps, Skype, Excel and PowerPoint

  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and respond proactively to client requests

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively with other staff, facility clients, volunteers and the public

  • Ability to perform moderately strenuous physical tasks, including table and chair set ups

  • Personnel Lift training, an asset

  • Fall Arrest/Working at Heights training, an asset

  • Standard First Aid and CPR training, an asset

  • Ability to work during days, evenings, weekends and statutory holidays, as required

  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.

  • Driver’s license preferred 

How to Apply

Please email your cover letter and resume to the Paradise Hiring Committee at with the subject line: Job application: Paradise Theatre A/V Technician