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1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 128 (106)

1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition
1945 Theatre Catalog
1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 128
Page 128

1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 128


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AN ALL-YEAR 'ROUND PROJECT is sketched in this drawing by W. S. Ferguson. Occupying the "base'l portion of the screen building of a Drive Over and Drop In Theatre, provision is made for dining and dancing. It will be noted that the rest rooms are so arranged they can be entered from outside or inside the

stores and amusement centers than for merely a big signboard. In such a set-up as proposed here, these lending agencies will, as a rule, lend up to two-thirds of the entire project, including land, but excluding equipment.


The Ferguson invention relates to a parking area construction, adapted for the safe parking of automobiles on level or pitched surfaces, even in the event of faulty brakes or when the brakes are not

GROUND PLAN of a yeah/round amusement proiect, as designed by W. S. Ferguson, is shown here (details of the dine-and-dance pavilion is given in another drawing). Here are indicated the outdoor sports areas which make the Drive Over and Drop In Theatre development a sports and recreation centeri In winter time, it would be possible to flood a portion of the theatres "infield" to provide additional revenue from a skating rink.



building. A substantial base structure like this, according to Mr, Ferguson, makes for a better screen superstructure. For other developments in connection with this proiect, see the other drawings. Lending agencies are said to advance a higher percentage of

the cost when proiects are operated all year,

set. While, of course, the invention can apply to parking lots, in senso stricto, it is of especial value in connection with open-air motion-picture theatres, and, where so used, the appellation "Drive Over and Drop In,y may be applied to the parking area.

The invention is especially adapted for the accommodation of cars in outdoor motion-picture theatres, wherein the car is parked at a suitable angle for the spectators to view the screen. The aue tomobile is driven to its position in a continuously forward direction, and is driven away also in a forward direction, thus avoiding the confusion and danger of accidents that may be involved with the type of construction that requires the automobile to be backed out of the pre-arranged, elevated stall.

Provision is also made for the automatic alignment of the automobiles in respective substantially parallel rows, so that the services of guards and ushers to bring the cars into alignment may be dispensed with, and the alignment thus automatically achieved insures a perfect viewing of the screen for all patrons on an exactly equal basis of car positioning.

The heart of the invention is a depression-approximately three inches deeptO receive the rear Wheels of the automobile by means of continuous, or interrupted, channelways, or by means of individual wheel recesses suitably spaced in parallel rows in front of the screen. The rows need not be in rectilinear lines, but may be of arcuate shape or a combination of arcuate and rectilinear lines, all arranged in progressive series from the closest viewing position of the screen to the most distant positions for viewing the screen. The dropiin rear wheels raises the front of the car just the same as does a ramp under the front wheels. Any desired depth of drop can be provided at each individual drop plate.

The troughs, eaSy to install, can be made as separate drop-ins for the individual wheel, or they may be made continuous. They can be made of concrete,


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