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1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 120 (108)

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition
1947-48 Theatre Catalog
1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 120
Page 120

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 120

504-Seat Cinema Serves 4,500 in the Tidewater Section of Virginia

After some thirteen months of exasperation, delays in construction and delivery of equipment, and other vicissitudes of early post-war theatre building, W. C. (Donk) Dunton opened his new theatre, possessively named with pardonable pride after himself, in Hudgins (Chimney Corner), Mathews County, Virginia, early last summer.

Constructed of cinder block and concrete block, and finished in a paint job of White and cream, the 504-seat theatre is designed to serve a rural population estimated 4,500. For those coming by car from the more outlying areas, Dunton has provided a parking lot some 100 by 150 feet, about three times the foot age covered by the theatre proper. \

DONK'S THEATRE, in Hudqins, Mathews County. Virginia, shows what can be done to provide the smaller communities with relatively inexpensive but yet modern theatre tacilities. Constructed o! cinder and cement blocks. with outside surfaces painted white and cream, the theatre, at 504 seats.

Donk's Theatre

From the standpoint of architectural magnificence of urban cinemas, Donkls Theatre would win few prizes; but, when it is considered that Dudgins enrolled only 12 souls in the 1940 census and that its present development dates from 1945, the theatre is indeed the Music Hall of the area, a rating augmented by the items of equipment installed for the comfort and convenience of the patrons, items comparable with those which are to be found in houses costing even ten times the approximately $40,000 of this theatre. Indeed, the differences are in quantity rather than in quality.

In the construction of the theatre material has been selected, for the auditorium, for example, that can be deco VHQKDAY JUNE 9TH 7

rated with paint without deleteriously affecting the acoustic characteristics of the room, thus effecting a considerable saving in decoration. Other economies have been made, but whatever the saving it generally shOWs up on the debit side, since patron comfort. has not been sacrificed by installing of items less than the best.

Perhaps the type of theatre here presented may be a regular construction method adaptable to many small communities, where the economic considerations might preclude. a more splendiferous structure. Indeed, such construction savings might be applied toward even better equipment, the while keeping the over-all cost down to a modest figure.

despite architectural magnificence, is admirably suited to its locale and provides entertainment reception for a potential draw of 4.500 in which nethinq has been sacriticed to bring the people the best within such inexorable limits as may be imposed by purely economic considerations.

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 120