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1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 206 (182)

1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition
1945 Theatre Catalog
1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 206
Page 206

1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 206

Rubber Mats to Play New Roles in Theatres

New Ideas Promoting Cleanliness and Safety Will Be Realized When Rubber Is Available

World War II caught the United States absolutely nude, not only unprepared for defense, but devoid of ample supplies of war-vital raw materials. That in rubber was one of the most drastic of these shortages, and rubber was a most essential part of war maine tenance-aviation, tractors, jeeps, radar, radio, iiame throwers, PT boats, and, even the biggest iteggll of them all, the atomic bomb.

In thinking up new and wondh' us ideas, Jules Verne and H. G. Wells are pikers, compared to the fantastic ones which originated in this crisis. Fantastic was a mild term; ideas were submitter which seemed to be expressions of a demented mind, looked ridiculous on paper, and impossible from drawings and chemical formulae.

But now, rubber, chemicals, air, and so forth, which were applied to war services, are being converted to the benefit of man, and not to his destruction. And we have come to the point where two of these dreams can be applied to the use of the theatre.

TRADITIONAL USE OF RUBBER MATTING is exemplified in these two pictures of theatre lobbies. Prior to the war such matting was used largely in that portion of the theatre acting as the transition area between the outside and the inside, and


Lorraine Rubber Engineering Company

The theatre is little concerned with what has gone before, but it is very much interested in the present and the future of public amusement centers. And so, theatres, left high and dry for want of rubber, the material, eagerly await the return of rubber because of its sanitary and safety factors.


The main factors in theatre maintenance, from a general survey of the managers problem, are (1) sanitation, (2) safety, and (3) economy, without the sacrifice of any convenience to the patrons.

The theatres first problem is to keep dirt and grime as far from the foyer and auditorium as possible. This can be controlled by an especially soft, spongerubber mat laid in ridges, so that the sides of the foot would sink into the

grooves, scraping dirt off the shoes and not leaving it on the surface to create dust to be inhaled by the people.

Now, what to do with the dirt. Underneath the mat would be a series of suction tubes to pull the dirt into a receptacle, filtering and conditioning the used air and returning it to its original function. This would prevent the dirt from being carried into the theatre proper, and not leaving it on the surface from where it would be tracked further to the carpets of the auditorium. This should be known as the vacuuming section. '

Further, inside the entrance of the foyer, as an additional safeguard, would be another series of mats across the doors which would function only as a vacuum without any aid from above, which will be explained further on.

What about snow or water carried into the lobby; or water from dripping clothes, shoes, umbrellas, and so forth? This would be pulled in through the same tubes, but the traps would send this water into the proper disposal pipes to

that area eye! which the line of tram: is heaviest and most concentrated. The matting, while considered as a means of removing much of the dirt from patrons shoes, was not thought of in the ways suggested in the accompanying article.



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