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1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 174 (152)

1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition
1945 Theatre Catalog
1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 174
Page 174

1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 174

Some Future Uses of Plastics in Theatres

A Brief Review of Possible Developments To Bring Beauty and Utility to Theatres

Carrying the hallmark of proved quality, by having played an important part in the defeat of moves to destroy our way of life, plastics today stand ready further to enhance the peace that has been won. Confidence in their ability to make the world a better place to live in is the result of plastics, having met and exceeded expectations under the most severe conditions that Nature and Man could impose. They face the peace years ahead, not as untried innovations, but as materials which have proved themselves fully qualified to supplant or supplement


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others which have long been considered irreplaceable.

The part that plastics will play in construction of the future is beyond prediction. How far they will be utilized will depend chiefly upon the resourcefulness and ingenuity of the chemists and engineers, the architects and builders. No one yet has discovered the limit on these

qualities; hence, plastics may honestly be characterized as having horizons unlimited. From roof to basement, in all types and grades of buildings, they are certain to be performing important functions. But assertions by the uninformed, that plastics will revolutionize construction, cannot be taken seriously as yet. Plastics materials, which may eventually prove to be applicable to construction uses, are still largely in the laboratory stage.

It will be in the interiors of new buildings which will be erected and other buildings which will be altered or modernized, that plastiCS will be widely used. Floor and wall surfaces, which are both wear-resistant and color-retaining, will be products of the plastics industry for builders to use. Molding and trim in any desired color and shape will also be available. Replacing hardware will be knobs, hinges, drawer-pulls, and similar items made from plastics and offering many advantages which metal counterparts cannot duplicate.

Resin-bonded plywoods with plastics facings will undoubtedly be in wide demand for use as walls and partitions in homes, offices, theatres, stores, hospitals, banks, restaurants, and libraries. Because post-formed plywoods can be produced in special shapes, extensive use in cylindrical air ducts, columns, bar fronts, and similar applications is anticipated.

Another group of plastics products, known as low-pressure laminates, is already capturing the fancy of many architects and builders. These laminates have aroused the interest of home designers, particularly because of their adapta

bility for use in walls and partitions, but more especially because of their fitness in making complete units for bath or kitchen, in which tub, shower, toilet, and lavatory are designed as one unit, or sink, stove, refrigerator, and water-heater as one unit.

Electric service and lighting will also be improved by the plastics industry. Wiring insulated with plastics and distinctive in color to facilitate tracing of lines and making alterations or extensions, will be provided. Floor and wall outlets in harmony with their surroundings and in a variety of styles, instead of rigidly uniform, are assured. Lighting fixtures and lamps of unexpected beauty of design and color will be available to add to the effectiveness of the daintiest boudoir or the eiiiciency of theatre office or plant.

Venetian blinds, grilles, decorative screens, and partitions, even translucent or transparent bricks or squares for walls, are among the plastics products which the industry will be able to supply the builder.

In the furnishing of homes, offices, theatres, and other structures, plastics will also play an important part. Permanently

MANY PLACES lN THE THEATRE are possibilities for the future use of plastics, such as the products represented in these four pictures. Above (left) is plywood, bonded with the Pluskon urea-formaldehyde glues of the Pluskon Division of the Libbey-Owensford Glass Company; and (right) decorative laminated plastics made with Bakelite resin varnishes of the Bakelite Corporation, Below (left) is seen architectural plastic paneling striped with moulding of Tenite, manufactured by the Tennessee Eastman Corporation; and (right) doors mode from Formica, product of the Formica Insulation Company.

1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 174