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1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 489 (463)

1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition
1945 Theatre Catalog
1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 489
Page 489

1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 489

guests, would, in the privacy of their own home, be able to watch the picture being screened at the Colvin Theatre? And so it was that Constantine Basilis residence became the first in history to have a living room with theatre attached


In architectural annals, there are, of course, instances where apartment buildings have been constructed in conjunction with theatres and even residential penthouses atop office buildings in association with theatres, but never before, so far as is known, have a theatre and a home been so intimately designed and constructed.

Having a viewing window in the living room, however, prezented a couple of problems. When the window is installed, what would prevent light from streaming into the auditorium from the living room, and how about the audienCe's being able to see into the apartment?

The solution to these questions, actually, presented no especial problem at all to Russell Larke.

The window he designed is a fixed light of quarter-inch plate glass. On the apartment side, he put solid plywood shutters three-qquarters of an inch thick. When closed, these shutters form a tight panel in the living room, finished to blend with the general decorative scheme.

In wiring the living room, ProblemSolver Larke has arranged that all fixtures, which could possibly throw light through the viewing window, would be tied through one switch, which would automatically extinguish all that light whenever the shutters are opened. Thus was prevented the accidental lighting of the auditorium from the apartment, as Well as forming a safeguard against an unwanted display of the apartment to the theatre audience.

The normal furniture complement of the room provides for three comfortable stuffed chairs in front of the viewing window. Other chairs, of course, can be placed in the sight lines, if the Basils are entertaining a lengthier guest list.

The extension of the theatres monitor system offered no problem, but Architect Larke, always with an eye to good taste and the niceties of appearance, did hide the apartment"s speaker system behind the sliding doors of built-in-wall cabinets.

Thus it is that Constantine Basil becomes the industryis first theatre owner to blend all the finer attributes of home life and motion-picture exhibition!

Sleeping quarters for the Basil menage are at the front of the building. Off the living roomwabout a quarter of a circle clockwise from the viewing window eis a tiny foyer, straight through which is the master bedroom and, to the left from the little foyer, a second sleeping room. Between the two, in the corner of the building, is the fully tiled bath, complete with tub and shower.

At the side of the building, off the living room, opposite the dormitory section, is the gastronomim department, the dining room, back of which is the kitchen. Both the kitchen and the dining room sidle up to the rear wall of the projection room.

The domestic situation was not forgotten by Architect Larke, for in the rear left corner of the building. on the




1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 489