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1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 303 (279)

1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition
1945 Theatre Catalog
1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 303
Page 303

1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 303

theatres. These toilet rooms are the most modern and edicient possible. They are washrooms of tomorrowetoday!


The type and number of fixtures and their position in the toilet rooms are naturally the most impOrtant parts in the planning of theatre toilet rooms. However, there are many other details, very nearly as important, to be considered carefully if toilet rooms are to combine these four necessary featurescleanliness, convenience, efficiency, and attractive appearance.

First of all, theatre toilet rooms should be in a convenient location. In larger theatres, toilet rooms may be placed at either end of a lounge, with vestibules between each room and the lounge.

Drinking fountains, built-in near entrances to toilet rooms, are added conveniences. The drinking fountain should be completely sanitary, being constructed of non-absorbent genuine vitreous china. In white or color it should he a beautiful decorative addition to the theatre. Subdued lighting over each fountain will

PLAN OF THE MODERN LADIES' ROOM is also designed to often! the luxury of ample room, for the attaches of the theatre no less than for the patrons themselves. Here, too, the new style fixtures are employed, with also elattric hand driers to replace paper towels. While not shown in the plan, the design (our




accentuate its beauty and assure a cleaner fixture at all times.

Toilet rooms should be of ample size to provide utmost cleanliness and convenience. For the convenience of your patrons, it is important that these rooms be large enough to prevent overcrowding and resulting unsanitary conditions. Proper lighting and ventilation are necessary, too, for pleasant, hygienic toilet rooms. Well-lighted washrooms, with plenty of illumination above mirrors, look brighter, cleaner. Also, a light installed in each water closet enclosure is recommended. Floors and walls should be entirely of ceramic materials, for these materials withstand wear and are easy to clean. Floor drains should be installed in every toilet room, the number of drains depending upon the size of the room. They make cleaning easier, guard against damage from excess water on floors.

Double outer doors will permit easy flow of tradic to and from toilet rooms. For greater sanitation, doors opened automatically by an itelectric eye" are recommended. This device makes it possible to open the door without actually touching it.


A problem worthy of careful consideration in planning theatre toilet rooms is that of providing a sudicient number of fixtures. The number naturally will vary with the size of the theatre, but it should not be estimated too low. Plenty of lava-. tories, water closets, and urinals will assure complete convenience and efficiency in toilet rooms, and will make them more pleasant and more sanitary.

Wherever construction permits, all plumbing fixtures should be of the wallhanging design, supported on concealed chair-ecarrier supports. This type of installation eliminates exposed pedestals and legs, and permits cleaning of the entire floor without obstructing supporting members. Cleaning is easier, and there are no cracks or corners where dirt can collect.


The Standard Buena lavatory, that was designed for utmost efiiciency, is popular for use in theatre washrooms. Constructed of genuine vitreous china, its hard, glazed surface is non-absorbent, easy to clean and keep clean. Acids, medicines,

templates the installation of some toilet fixtures at a lower level for the exclusive use of children. The feature will appeal to the children, as well as to parents. Such special features should be appropriately labeled. Color is also used in the modern toilet rooms, as are vitreous china, chromium plating, and other materials.


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1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 303