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1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 487 (461)

1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition
1945 Theatre Catalog
1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 487
Page 487

1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 487

The Theatre Home for the Theatre Owner

Bringing Home and Business under One Roof Establishes New Design for Modern Living

In the American way of life, there are two principles which, in their broadest, highest terms, may be summarized briefly in two little words: Home, and Work.

However complete and unified a person does make this whole design for living, it rarely becomes possible to consolidate it to the point that both Home and Work converge upon and find physical expression in the same structure.

But that is precisely the situation we consider here: An architectural design for living which brings under the same roof both Home, and Work.


Famed throughout northwestern New York for their theatres and other ventures are the Basil brothers, a fraternal solidarity which started a score of years ago, when Constantine, Basil, Nicholas, and Theophilos Basil expanded their business activities to include motion-picture theatre operation.

The first break in that closely-knit organization came two years and a half ago, when, as it must to all men, death came to Brother Nicholas. Even before this, however, Nick Basil and his brothers were planning a theatre to be located at Colvin and Kenmore Avenues, in Kenmore, a suburb.

And even then the brothers were toying wth an idea Whose germ goes back more than twenty years when Constantine , Basil observed the late, great Michael (iiMikell) Shea checking a picture from a side box in one of his theatres. Why didnit he have a center box especially reserved for himself? Or better yet, why not a private projection room?

Time marched on-but the idea stuck. Thus it was that when what would be come the Colvin Theatre was on the boards, it all came back to him.

Why not, Constantine reasoned, combine the two, with the theatre and its

necessary rooms (except for the projece tion booth) on the first fioor and, on the second fioor, an apartment which would take advantage of many of the principal walls necessitated in the theatres construction? Why not? There was no good reason why not%ther than the fact that no one had ever done such a thing before!

So, precedent-breaking being nothing very new to the Brothers Basil, that mental hazard was easily swept away by the simple expedient of deciding actually to unite Home and Work in a single structure.

Niagara Falls brilliant architect, RusSell Goodwin Larke, was called in to create this new facet on the gem that is the great American home.

That Russell Larke was the man was decided on his non-theatre record, as well as the fact that he, in association with Simon Larke, had designed, but a short time before, the companyls LaSalle Theatre, in Niagara Falls!

My Theatre Home for the Theatre Owner

The Lady of the House Speaks Her Piece About This Unique Home-within-a-Cinema

0n numerous occasions I have been requested to jot down the important facts of my home, and shall do the best I can to describe nour theatre within a home" and "our home within a theatre".

We started out to combine the theatre and home to make things easier for both of us, and we believe we have created an idea that has not been done anywhere else in the entire country.

In the description of our home, we

have all conveniences ultra modern"

and our friends think it is strictly an innovation in home and theatre building. We wanted everything comfortable, as well as mechanical, and we have just that! It is not difficult to do thatein fact it is quite simple. With plans laid well, and the able assistance of a good architect, things just worked out fine.

We have a maidls quarters in the rear of the floor, with a hall dividing the kitchen. I thoroughly enjoy work. ing in my kitchen which is so compact with ample cupboard space, electric refrigerator, and built-in sink on which is a drainboard. With a simple lift of the hand refuse is deposited




(Mrs. Constantine .I. Basil)

and that is the last we see of it. Each night the janitor enters the back hall, waste is removed through a panel in the rear hall wall and sterilized con.tainer replaced. At the north end of the kitchen is the electric range, mfrrored from the top of the stove to the ceiling, and more cupboards. The walls and entire ceiling are covered with a heavy inlaid linoleum, which signifies easy cleaning.

One of the main features of our dining room, which seems to fascinate our guests, is the semi-circular movable bar which. with a touch of the finger may be moved on rainy or wintry days.

Our living room is circular and is decorated in light delicate colors to match the furniture and rug. This room includes a fireplace and a music alcove, one of the main features, of course, in this room, is the tithcatre within a theatre? Suffice to say that

our guests and ourselves are able to view the current picture being shown in our theatre below us right from our living room.

We have two major bedrooms, each with bathroom, showers, and so forth. Light brown and blue are the dominant colors throughout the apartment that we enjoy so much.

From the foyer, a passage leads to the terrace, which is situated on the roof of the stores below, surrounded on one side by a concrete wall and on the other by a white picket fence. With comfortable deck chairs, chaise lounge, and the stars as our roof, happy summer evenings are spent here. In the daytime, our grandchildren relax and enjoy themselves in the pool, which. is decorative as well as entertaining. In its center is an artistic running fountain. Flower boxes with a profusion of blooms adorn the whole wall. A marble bench with potted plants sits in one comer. Marble statuary is placed at various spots around the terrace. An outdoor grill provides us with. the means to have most of our meals in the summertime on our terrace.

1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 487