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1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 490 (464)

1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition
1945 Theatre Catalog
1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 490
Page 490

1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 490



apartment level is the maid's apartment, a fine room, with private toilet and shower bath, a set-up which, in itself, should be of no little importance and weight in helping Mary Basil to solve the servant problem. The maidls apartment is independent from the Basil apartment proper, being separated from it by the corridor leading from the projection room to the rear exit stairs. The rear entrance also facilitates'service and deliveries to the apartment. Film, however, is not carried over the stairs, such deliveries being made to the projection room level through a film hoist.

One gadget might be mentioned as sure to please the distaff portion of the householdeand the male side, too, for that matter!*and it is this: All the closets-and they are ample in number as well as in size-are equipped with door ,switches which control the closet lights.

Verily, Yehudi has many jobs in that house, beside looking after the light in the refrigerator!

The apartment, as will be noted in the pictures, has been furnished in exquisitely good taste and in keeping with the decorative scheme in which light brown and blue are the dominant colors.

It might be added, as foregone conclusions, that the apartment ties in with the theatres year-iround air-conditioning system and heating plant, the machinery for which is located outside the main auditorium wall at the stage-end of the structure.

Constantine BasiYs design for living, advanced in thought as it is, still provides for the future, and an agricultural -at least, a fioricultural*future at that! For the roof over the stores is, in part, laid out with a design for developments to come.

As indicated, the plans of Russell Larke call eventually for the erection of a sunroom, with a greenhouse attached, with an entrance up a couple of steps, from the apartments entrance foyer. As time went on, a roof garden was installed, a fountain erected, and then # well, maybe the presently unassigned roof space may become a duck and lily pond, or even a swimming pool!

But the future of the Larke-Basil design for living is not restricted to the present fine specimenait is an idea that might easily reveal possibilities to many a prospective theatre builder.

While this residence-and-theatre construction is probably not well adapted to the larger, early-run theatres in business areas, it does definitely have a place in the thoughts of the man contemplating construction in new developments and for the man with a few theatres, the type of exhibitor who, for the most part, actively manages all his houses.

While figures on the extra cost in this type of construction were not given out, it is obvious that the added cost of creating living quarters such as these is veryvery much under what it would have been to build an independent residence of comparable elegance, even without the living room with theatre attached!


A note of real inspiration in the American manner is struck in the theatrical careers-of the Basil Brothers, who oper THEATRE CATALOG-1945
1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 490