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1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 144 (132)

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition
1947-48 Theatre Catalog
1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 144
Page 144

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 144

* Structural Supports

The structural supports for the marquee, the roof deck, and the roofing should be included in the general building contract and erected in conjunction with the construction. By doing so the supporting members can be cantilevered out from the building framework thereby eliminating unsightly supporting rods from the building wall to the front of the marquee.

In designing the supporting structure, the engineer should consult with a reputable sign manufacturer for information as to the location of the steel channels required around the perimeter of the marquee for the support of the attraction signs, which must set back the required distance from the face of the finished sign.

Provision should be made by the sign manufacturer for metal countertiashing on the back of the finished attraction sign Which will fit over the flashing provided by the roofer (Figure 3).

The roof deck itself should be sloped to drain to a roof drain located at one corner of the marquee at the building line. From this position a downspout can be carried concealed inside the building wall and connected with the drainage system of the theatre. This is one item which is frequently overlooked in the

FIGURE 4-H the theatre entrance is more than 25 feet wide. the box oiiice may be the island type, as sketched above and in diagram below. The minimum inside dimensions of the box ottice are 4 feet wide by 5 ieet deep for one cashier, or wider it consistent with theatre design.

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architectis plans, and since the sign is usually one of the last operations in the construction and equipment of a theatre building, such an oversight results in exposed downspouts, which are not only unsightly but freeze in cold weather, with resulting maintenance.

Letter Storage

It will sometimes be found expedient to provide storage for the changeable letters on the roof of the marquee. This should be in a weather-proof cabinet partitioned off to file the diEerent letters and symbols in order so that a change of copy can be made easily and quickly. If the cabinet is so located the entire deck should be covered with duck boards raised about 2 inches above the deck, which will protect the roofing from being punctured and the resulting leaks into the sign and on the sidewalk below.

If the cabinet is not located on the deck of the marquee, a store room should be provided as close to the front entrance as possible in which such a cabinet can be stored. If the cabinet is provided with rubber tire casters, it can be moved easily to the sidewalk when changing copy, which will save time and confusion and thereby considerable expense to the theatre operator in wages. A special self-supporting ladder which


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type is shown above,

can be moved and used Without the necessity of leaning it against the sign is recommended. This will also be found to be a time saving device, and will eliminate breakage of lamps, neon tubing, glass, and also the scratching and denting of the sign itself.

Maintenance Notes

So far as maintenance and appearance are concerned, porcelain enamel is far superior to the painting as described above, if the component parts of the sign can be constructed and erected in place without cracking or chipping the porcelain. Since heat is used in the porcelain enameling process there is sure to be some warping and shrinkage, which results in strains on the metal during assembling. If this material is used, rubber jackets or another metal such as aluminum should be used in the connections between the members. Compound curved surfaces should not be used, and the design should be kept as simple as possible.

If porcelain enamel is used and due care is exercised in the manufacture, assembly and erection so that there is no cracking or chipping of the porcelain, the sign will require no maintenance, except cleaning, for many years.

"bu-r FIGURE 5-11 the entrance is less than 25 feet wide. the box ottice should be located on the side so that the cashier faces the busy section. This with the, plan below. The side location has advantages other than access to the box otiice trom inside the theatre.

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 144