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1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 207 (183)

1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition
1945 Theatre Catalog
1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 207
Page 207

1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 207

carry it off so that it would not in any way clog or interfere with the return of reconditioned air. >

Now, to use the hot air from radiators, these radiators could be eliminated entirely and, in their place, there would be a series of controlled hot air pipes that would function synchronously with the suction element, and would be directed from above and, in cold weather, a uniform temperature could be maintained, as heat rises and cold descends.

In the floor, the lobby would have a controlled heat in cold weather and, at the same time, could be used as air-conditioning in hot weather. This hot air, coming from the top and sides, would also have a tendency to dry the garments of the patrons. This hot air could also be used as a sanitary agent, especially in places Where epidemics occur, by impregnating it with such chemicals as are advocated to control or immunize the public from contagion. Thus, the theatre could keep open where otherwise it would probably have to be closed until the danger had passed.

NEW IDEAS IN PROMOTlNG CLEANLINESS AND SAFETY are set forth in this picture: (1) Air vents in the foyer ceiling through which hot air and immunizing chemicals descend upon the incoming patrons; (2) the tanks containing the chemicals; (3) the pressure pump which operates the system; (4) the vacuum pump that

All the foregoing may also sound fanatic, but fact of the matter is an installation of this very sort has been designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, foremost exponent of integral, functional archia tecture, to be incorporated into the Museum of Non-Objective Painting to be erected in New York for the Solomon R. Guggenheim collection.

Air-conditioning engineers had better get busy, as there will be no limit to what will be required by the up-to-date theatre operator.


During the war, many experiments were conducted with flares, black light, luminous powder, phosphorescents, and the like, to develop a method of detecting and identifying objects to be bombed.

The cost of properly lighting a theatre lobby is a problem of maintenance control. Fluorescent tubes must be replaced, if this type of lighting is used; if semi-direct lighting is used, bulbs have to be replaced, and fixtures have

to be maintained. A labor problem is also involved.

Therefore, the use of artificial light, as used in thelwar, is now being applied to rubber mats.

Most rubber mats are laid out in designs of various combinations of colors; some in modernistic design, some in plain stripes, and others in patterns to harmonize with the architecture of the lobby. It is with this thought in mind to utilize the design of the mat not only to bring out the beauty of the pattern. but, at the same time, to serve to light up the lobby by means of luminous materials embodied in the rubber.

Not only could directional lines be made more prominent, but. they also would serve as a safety guide to entrances and exits in the lobby. Experiments thus far have been encouraging; but, due to government restrictions on certain materials, progress has been somewhat delayed.

Walls will also be treated in rubber or similar materials to obtain the same effect.

draws from the foyer floor dirt and water tracked in by patrons; (5) the water ' and moisture trap; (6) vents in the floor for vacuuming, in coniunction with a special floor mat; (7) black light, hidden behind frames or mirrors; and (8) mats with special elements to illuminate lobby with black light tubes and filters.

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