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1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 149 (137)

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition
1947-48 Theatre Catalog
1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 149
Page 149

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 149

sentative of the candy vending company who .will service this particular theatre. If space is available, the counters should be set back from the path of the patrons to eliminate interference by those who stop to make a purchase. Electric outlets for lighting and heat for the popcorn warmer should be provided, also for lights in the candy case.

If the candy case is located directly adjacent to the popcorn warmer, provide for heat insulation between the two units.

When space is not available for the more elaborate installation as described above, provision should be made for niches for candy vending machines. The minimum dimensions for niches to accommodate two machines are 5 feet wide by 1 foot deep by 5 feet and 6 inches high. Provisions for electrical connections to each machine are required.


If the entrance lobby is at right angles to the standee foyer, the distance from the inner set of lobby doors to the standee rail and last row of seating should be as great as possible consistent with a good plan, the limitations of the number of seats desired, and the size of the plot. In certain layouts the lobby will lie parallel to the standee foyer and the seat rows, and may really be a continuation of the standee foyer or it may be parallel and lie between the auditorium proper and the lot line.

In any event the retiring rooms and toilets, stairs to mezzanine, if any, should be accessible directly from this space, that is, inside the line of doors separating the lobby and the doormanis station from the seating areas. This arrangement provides for the best control both in a mezzanine-type house, and also in a one-floor or a stadium-type house, with fewer personnel. If possible, the toilets and retiring rooms should be located on the orchestra fioor level, but in many cases it will be necessary, due to the limitations of space, to locate these facilities in the basement or on the mezzanine level.

If such is the case the basement location is generally preferable, and if the house has mezzanine seating, a smaller set of toilet facilities should be provided on that level. This is especially desirable if the policy of the house has different prices for the mezzanine and orchestra.

Every location and local requirement will necessitate individual planning for this portion of the theatre and the above are simply suggestions of items to consider when the layout is being made.

At some location adjacent to the standee foyer or lobby, there should be provided a janitoris closet with hot and cold water supply and slop sink. This closet should be equipped with shelves for janitorls supplies, and will also be a convenient location for the electrical house and sign panels.

At least one, and in some cases two, drinking fountains should be provided in this area. The drinking water coolers can be located in the janitorls or other closets, with the remote bubblers exposed. The iioor area immediately below the drinking fountain should be recessed in the shape of a semi-circle of ap 1947-48 THEATRE CATALOG

proximately 4 feet diameter for a rubber mat, with a metal division strip between the carpet and the mat. This will prevent the constant wetting and subsequent rotting of the carpet at these locations, as you can be sure that this condition will occur due to the vagaries of the bubblers, the manipulation of the younger patrons and the playfully minded older ones.

The wall behind the drinking fountain can be treated as a decorative feature, using mirrors or other type of easily cleaned decorated panel. A shaded light which will not interfere with the picture but will illuminate the fountain should be provided. In houses which anticipate the patronage of the younger clientele, it is sometimes advantageous to provide a carpeted covered stepping block for their use at one side of the drinking fountain.

It is imperative that the floor of the standee foyer be carpeted to eliminate traffic noise in this area which would interfere with the comfort of the seated patrons. If the area has a 10W ceiling, acoustical treatment to lessen the noise is also desirable unless the standee rail

is provided with a solid screen to the ceiling,

Stundee Rail

The standee rail which serves the primary purpose of a barrier dividing the seating area from the standee foyer can also be designed for concealed lighting on the foyer side and also for return air grilles for the ventilating and cooling system. In the latter case the rail should be supported by angle iron frames securely fastened to the tioor or imbedded in the concrete slab. (See Fig ure 11.) To give the rail further stability and to provide the necessary clearance for concealed lighting and openings for ventilation ducts, the face of the rail on the seating side can be sloped to conform to the slope of the chair backs. This will require floor space which is not usable for any other purpose and would otherwise be a collector of dirt and refuse, and a difficult place to keep clean. The base of the rail in the foyer side should have a toe recess about 4 inches in depth.

The standee rail proper should be 4 feet above the foyer floor with a top 12

FIGIIRE toeDetails of Section All and Section BB, as indicated in Figure 9. Provision should be made for lighting poster frames with indirect lighting and reflectors or from the general lighting scheme

at the lobby. The lighting 0! interior trames can also be used as an adiunct to the

general illumina tion plan, creating bright spots of interest in the overall picture of the lobby ot the theatre.



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1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 149