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1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 145 (133)

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition
1947-48 Theatre Catalog
1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 145
Page 145


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FIGURE GsThe minimum requirements for exterior frames tor a theatre at the size and type discussed in this article would be four frames tor 40380-mch posters and two frames tor stills. Combination corner irames, With the MIXED-inch frame on the street from and the still frame on the

BOX-OFFICE AREA

In the previous section we discussed signs, their construction and relation to the theatre entrance; The next important item to consider is the box oiiice, its surroundings and relation to the entrance.

The Box Othce

It is important to locate the box oliice at or near the building line so that tickets can be purchased before entering the first line of doors. This not only facilitates the operation but also produces a certain psychological effect since prospective patrons can always see the cashier without deviating from their normal paths of travel,

If the theatre entrance is less than :25 feet in Width, the box oHice should be located at the side of the entrance which will face the cashier towards the busy section of the neighborhood. (See Figures 4 and 5.)

With the box oiiice so located, the

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result is a wide-open, pleasing entrance vestibule, which is not so if the box office is located in the center. Such a location has many other advantages also, such as possible access from inside the theatre which is decidedly beneficial in transferring the cash receipts; and also makes it more accessible for heating and air conditioning.

The minimum inside dimensions of the box office are 4 feet wide by 5 feet deep for one cashier and should be made wider if possible in keeping with good proportion zmd design. A theatre having 1,500 or more seats should have provisions in the box office for an auxiliary cashier which will be needed at certain rush times. This can be accomplished by lengthening the box office and providing another selling window on the side. The box office should be made as open as possible above the counter-line with glass on three sides. Below the counter, provide for money drawer and shelves with sliding doors for storage of forms, and so forth. The counter, Whether it be

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returns can usually be worked out. A 40x60-inch display should be used on each wall of the vestibule. still displays depends entirely on the width, box-office lecation, and Frames for 40x60-inch posters require glass fronts.

The arrangement of these poster and

wood, marble, or metal, will require a cutout and rabbet at the cashieris window to receive the ticket machine. This will vary in width for a three-, four-, or five-unit machine, and the size of the machine will be determined by the policy and size of the theatre.

Supports will have to be provided for the ticket machine, also a wall receptacle for the motor. Be sure and provide space for the electric motor which projects from the side of the machine near the bottom.

Provide a ceiling outlet for general lighting of the booth, also a ceiling outlet near the glass in front of the cashier for lighting the price sign. Provide conduits for both house and outside tele phone, also for buzzer system.

If an island box ofiice is used, some difficulty may result in supplying heat and air conditioning from the theatre systems. In this case include a fan out let and an outlet for an electric heater, also provide adjustable louvered grilles in the door and ceiling.
1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 145