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1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 29 (7)

1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition
1945 Theatre Catalog
1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 29
Page 29

1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 29

THIS AMUSEMENT CENTER-the Riverside Ballroom, at Green Bay, Wisconsin-employed Unit Structure's glued laminated arches, decoratively treated in the shop before erection. The arches have a continuous curve, but can be had in other shapes-in any shape, in fact, to which a single lamina can be bent. This type U arch has a span of 53 feet, a center height of 17 feet, 8 inches, and a column height of 9 feet. The arches are

spaced 16 feet apart. Max Hanish, one of the founders oF Unit Structures, was the architect.

designs, either protruding or incised. Since interior panels need not be filled with insulation materials, they can be arranged to provide translucent silhouetteteffects. The simple joining method also permits panels to be assembled in ashlar pattern instead of the standard vertical position.

New Art with Wood

Besides these advantages, Mr. Teichert could see further possibilities in the designing of interiors through the use of these panels inasmuch as they would also be available in oval, circular and spherical shapes to obtain domed ceilings,

THE NEEDS OF WAR spurred construction of this type. Through the courtesy of the United States Army Air Forces, here are two views of a hangar-type building,



curved walls, partitions, or projecting sol-Tits for indirect lighting over seating recesses, display panels and candy counters. He had a further inspiration in the matter of featuring allewood decorations in order to point up the all-wood construction. He could visualize the setting of decorative carved panels into the lobby walls above a dado of matched exotic woods. Pierced grilles of wood might grace the wood staircase and balcony.

Then in the auditorium he thought large scale horizontal bands of contrasting wood tones might be used along the walls with smaller scale vertical stripes

providing a foil in the dado. Pierced fretwork would provide another treatment both decorative and different to accent the proscenium arch. He was sure that there would be no lack of an abundance of interesting materials to work with and still not run out of decorative variety, and all within the one medium of wood or wood products. Naturally this amount of wood would produce an interior of rather monotonous tannish tones but this is where a skillful decorator would come to the aesthetic rescue. According to Mr. Teichert, color accents could be designed and distributed throughout the interior so that the wood tones were made to appear live and dynamic by contrast. Hand decorations on wood panel backgrounds could be another eEective way of dramatizing their soft neutral tones and textures.


In fact, this might be the ideal theatre to build in a community where wood or wood products are the pre-eminent interest of many of the patrons. That might be a lumbering community in the northwest, or a mill town in upper Wisconsin or Michigan, or a woods-products area in the southeast where kraft paper, fibreboard and similar pulp woods are treated. The theatre would be allied to that community and custom made for it to a degree that no other construction or treatment could produce, and still be strongly, safely, economically and beautifully built as well.

Yes, it is true that, while in some 10calities present-day building codes might possibly prohibit the use of an all-Wood or entirely pro-fabricated theatre, recent test data and highly efficient methods of tire-proofing now available would seem to project this dream theatre into sudden reality. At least, Mr. Hanisch and his associates are sure that this type of construction is eminently suitable for modern American theatres, of both large and small size; and so, on the advice of an expert, it might be well to check into these advantages more closely where new construction is being contemplated.

such as those for which Unit Structures supplies the glued laminated arch'as. Here is seen one method of providing such buildings with light and ventilation.
1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 29