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1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 146 (134)

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition
1947-48 Theatre Catalog
1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 146
Page 146

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 146

FIGURE 7e'l'he recommendations are well illustrated in this photograph of the lobby of the Grand Theatre, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Shown here is the line oi removable posts, as well as the velour-covered ropes down the center which separate the incoming and outgoing traffic. Also seen

The floor should be of double construction with insulation between. Insulation should also be provided for the rest of the box office.

The cashier's Window should have a 3-inch diameter speak-hole, 5 feet 2 inches above the sidewalk, equipped with a speaking tube which can be purchased from any theatre supply house. The window must also have a 3-inch by 18inch opening at the deal plate which should be provided with a standard closure for use when the box office is not operating and for inclement weather.

A deal plate should extend in front of the cashieris window approximately 6 inches and the entire width of the opening in the glass. A small ledge on the front of the box office either on one side of the window or directly below on which the lady patrons can rest their bags, and so forth, is also a desirable refinement and tends to expedite the sale of tickets during busy periods.

The Vestibule

It will always be necessary to provide a recess of at least 2 feet 6 inches from the building line to the first set of entrance doors so that the doors will not swing out over the public right-ofway, and, provided space is available, an open vestibule approximately 10 feet in depth from the building line to the doors is Very advantageous. This will enable the designer to extend the marquee sofiit and lighting over this space and will be found very expeditious in handling the patrons on busy days.

The walls of the vestibule should be covered with material which will stand the weather and require the least amount of maintenance such as marble, structural glass, porcelain enamel, or a good grade of face brick.

The door of the vestibule in most cases will have at least a slight ramp or warp to join the levels of the lobby floor and

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the sidewalk. It should, therefore, be of some non-slip materials, such as terrazzo with an abrasive added, colored cement, or can be recessed for perforated rubber mats which have the advantage in inclement weather of removing some of the dirt, snow, and mud from shoes of the patrons before they enter carpeted areas. If rubber mats are used, they should be made in maximum sized sections of 3 feet by 5 feet for ease in handling, Between the mats provide metal dividing strips with the floor recessed between the strips to equal the thickness of the mats to be used. The mats come in as- and 1/2-inch thicknesses and are available in all colors, and can be had in any pattern or overall design desired.

Before deciding to use perforated rubber mats in this area, the owner should consider the fact that since their primary function is to collect dirt, it Will be necessary to take up the mats every day and clean them and the floor underneath. This requires a considerable amount of labor and consequently is a constant item of expense.

Entrance Doors

The entrance doors should have full length glass panels with a bottom rail of not more than 16 inches, covered on both inner and outer surfaces with metal or plastic kick-plates.

Doors and frames can, of course, be either of metal or wood, or the doors can be tempered plate glass. This treatment will permit an unobstructed View from the sidewalk and vestibule into the lobby. The tempered plate glass doors must necessarily be equipped with floor hinges and door checks. This equipment is more desirable for all type of entrance doors, although it is more expensive and not warranted in some situations. If regular butts are used with overhead door checks, be sure that had clearance

is the wall treatment, with alternate panels covered with wood and fabric. with displays the lighting of which complements the general illumination. The walls have been paneled with Marlite pre-iinished Prima Vera woodveneer, with wood mouldings. The doors also have been similiarly covered.

of at least 6 feet and 6 inches is obtained under the check, and never use less than one and one-half pair of butts for each door. Most codes require each door opening to be 5 feet in the clear when the doors are in an open position, and in some cases the 5 foot clearance is required between hardware. Governing codes and enforcement practices should be checked for requirements.

Push bars on the lobby side, together with "hold openii devices should be installed on all doors, but pulls on the exterior or vestibule side should be installed on one pair of doors only#at the doormanls location. Dead bolts on all doors except one active leaf of the pair with outside pulls, which is used for the locking leaf.

If these doors have severe exposure in the winter months, they should be weatherstripped. This weatherstripping should be easily replaceable as it is subject to constant wear in this location.

If metal is used for door frames, doors, poster frames, box office and other exterior trim, it should be a specially treated material such as alumilited aluminum or stainless steel, which will not require daily care to keep it presentable.

Thresholds for entrance doors should provide for recesses for rubber mats (if any) on the exterior side and also for the necessary recess for the floor covering of the lobby.

Display Frames

The last but by no means the least important item of the theatre entrance is the display frames which are used to display the posters and still photographs promoting the picture currently on the screen.

The most commonly used poster is a standard size of :10 inches by 60 inches, and 30 inches by 40 inches are also available. The still sizes are 8 inches by 10 inches, and 10 inches by 14 inches.

The minimum requirements for exte THEATRE CATALOG 1947-48
1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 146