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1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 28 (6)

1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition
1945 Theatre Catalog
1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 28
Page 28

1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 28

screw driver for the rapid erection of walls and ceilings. Further, the precision-built panel system demonstrates a unique value should a theatre location become due for a change because of some local condition. Then the structure can easily be dismantled and its light sections moved to a new location. This feature has successfully been used during' the war when inexperienced workers erected and dismantled these Unicon structures without special instructions. Finally, this ease with which these panels can be set up and taken down again permits quick replacement of a damaged section, while the moving of entire partitions allows for changing the size of rooms as conditions require. The maneuverability and free use of these self-supporting panels is of real value as a time saving factor alone, besides its many other advantages.

Utility of Panels

The all-wood theatre began to develop into reality as Mr. Hanisch went on to explain that these all-important panels are made in many sizes, and are available in all the various curvatures to conform to the shape 0f the structural arch in use. Furthermore, panels on outside walls and roofs can be hinged, obtaining a louvered effect. In this manner, quick and effective natural ventilation can be obtained throughout the theatre in moderate weather or climate. Roof and ceiling panels could easily be connected in staggered formation based on laws of sound defiectiOn which would make obsolete the use of special acoustical materials which are being used today to correct acoustics that are not obtained with the proper design of ceiling in the first place. The staggered formation of roof panels which is suggested above can



TYPES OF ARCHES, as is indicated in these drawings, provide for type of auditorium desired. Unit Structures, lnc., fobricotes other shapes, being limited only by the shaping possibilities of the individual Iaminutions.

be practically applied for floor construction to provide the proper rise for the seats. Such panels could be shipped to the building sites with heating ducts and ventilation outlets already built in which would dispose of, at one and the same time, the old mushroom type of outlets. Floor panels could easily be coated at the factory with hard finishes which are impervious to dirt, water and acid.

New Seating ideas

So far so good, in the development of the all-wood theatre. Now we are ready for some seats and Mr. Hanisch was ready for that one. He explained that improved seating facilities can be clev THE NEEDS OF THE SERVICES spurred the use of glued laminated members. At the United States Army Modification Center, at Saint Paul, Minnesota, 60 such arches, each I70 feet wide, were fabricated by Unit Structures, to provide a structure of 102,000 square feet of unobstructed floor space for necessary services.


erly obtained by taking a lesson from the aircraft industry in molding plywood to body shapes. Mr. Teichert interrupted with the remark that single or double seats (or so-called love seats) can be economically made and covered with sponge rubber or seafoam padding, in turn covered with materials developed of long-wearing and colorful synthetic upholstering fabrics. Such seats also conserve more floor space, permitting a larger seating capacity in a given area.

Rest and Toilet Rooms

As for public rooms, Mr. Hanisch said that precision-built paneling would be available for toilets and such rooms as these would require sanitary walls. These panels before installation could be coated with impervious finishes of any color or texture. Shelving and recesses for illumination boxes, special lighting effects, exit boxes, etc, would all be provided within the panels at the plant' where they were manufactured.

Decorative Methods

Every technique employed in conven-. tional handling can be used to good advantage in this assembly line method of finishes for the interior faces'i of panels, such as applying photographic finishes of marbleized effects, rare wood veneer, or reproductions of them, metallic foils, or any type of leather, cloth, or even reproductions of leopard or zebra skins. As to the exterior surfaces, porcelain enamels, aluminum, or brightly colored plastic coatings, which are fire- and weather-resisting, can be applied in this same practical manner. These panels are then protected against handling until assemblage and, when erected, constitute a completely finished and practically decorated building.

Mr. Teichert thought that another advantage would be that these finishes would become an integral part of the panels, offering a much more impervious ' surface of smoother and harder finishes i for easy maintenance. Feature panels could be furnished with embossed plastic effects in geometric and sculptured

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