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1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 163 (151)

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition
1947-48 Theatre Catalog
1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 163
Page 163

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 163

emergency maternity wards are by no means uncommon, and the writers experience covers the birth of a healthy pair of twins under such circumstances during the opening week.

Men's Suite

The menls ante-room or smoking room need not be as large as the ladies. In fact it is often wiser that this room serve only as a vestibule and screen for the toilet room with no provision for lounging or congregating. This is especially true if it cannot be well supervised, since it might become an incentive to start a sociable crap game if made too spacious or too comfortable.

In the writers opinion, the best linish for this room is a ceramic tile iioor and glazed tile walls in pleasing colors, with the tile the full height from door to the ceiling, which can also be covered with tile, at a small additional first cost but with a reduced cost of maintenance for the entire life of the build ing.


Public telephone booths are sometimes planned in the ante-rooms but the proper location for these are in the main lounge or the foyer where they can be more easily supervised. The reason: a luxurious menis lounge and accompanying public telephone booths of a prominent Broadway movie palace was completely taken over shortly after opening by a contingent of sporting gentry who turned out to be booking horse race bets, and were using this public room as their private office.

Toilet Rooms

The toilet rooms proper should be as spacious as possible within the limits of the plan and the number of people which they will be required to serve.

The minimum number of fixtures in the ladies, toilet would be two water closets and one lavatory, and for the mens one water closet, two urinals and one lavatory. These accommodations should be increased in keeping with the seating capacity, and to comply with the sanitary and building codes of the locality. In case no such regulations are in effect, at least one water closet for males and one water closet for females should be provided for each 300 persons or fraction thereof, comprising the total capacity of the theatre including standees. Urinals may be substituted for water closets for males to the extent of 60 percent of the number required.

At this point, and supplementing the opening paragraph of this section regarding the location of the toilet rooms, the designers attention is called to the fact that there will be a certain amount of saving in the cost of the necessary piping, sewer connections, and the like, if the toilet rooms can be kept in the same area and immediately adjacent to each other. (See Figure 27.)

Wall Finishes

Ordinary painted plaster walls which are. so often resorted to on account of the initial cost are never satisfactory in this location since they cannot be kept clean and sanitary, and will be a constant source of irritation and maintenance cost throughout the occupancy. This fact also applies to the usual prac 1947-48 THEATRE CATALOG

tice of installing a wainscot of an acceptable material with painted plaster walls above.

Long and costly experience has proven that the most satisfactory method, and in the long run the cheapest, is to cover the walls from iioor to ceiling, with a hard wearing impervious material which can be cleaned easily and requires only soap and water to keep them sanitary and presentable. If only a wainscot is installed, even if the plaster wall above is too high to be reached from the door, someone will insist on climbing up on the fixtures in order to leave his peculiar type of poetry or his name and telephone number.

Since it appears to be good economy to entirely cover the walls as above suggested, then for only a small additional cost the finish ceiling can be of the same material which produces a room which will never require painting, and necessitates only the very minimum of maintenance throughout its existence.

Glazed ceramic tile for the walls and ceilings, and encaustic tile for the doors, is at present the most satisfactory material available to use. It can be obtained in all colors and designs, is easily applied, not expensive, and serves the purpose better than any other so far developed. Marble and glass may also be used, but marbles are more or less porous and inclined to discolor under the special use, and glass sooner or later develops cracks which are both unslightly and unsanitary.

All intersections of floors, walls and

ceilings should be coved, using special tile, to facilitate cleaning.

Stall Partitions

The dividing partitions between the water closets can be constructed of masonry faced with tile, but the most satisfactory and cheapest to install are the stock metal partitions which come complete with stall doors, hardware, toilet paper holders, etc. These can be obtained with a priming coat only, with a baked enamel finish, or in porcelain enamel. One of the last two finishes are preferable.

The new type of hanging partition which have no supports from the bottom of the partition to the floor enable the cleaners to mop with the minimum of interference. This type requires the ins stallation in the ceiling construction of structural channels for their support, and their use is limited to construction details of the floor above and the available height and resulting head room.

That portion of the supporting posts or jambs, from the bottom of the partition to the Hoor, should be of unpainted stainless steel to absorb the wear and tear of mopping and other abuses. A channel of the same material, securely welded to the bottom of the partitions, has also been suggested by some theatre maintenance men and architects, to retard the inevitable rusting which will occur at these points.

Lighting In addition to the general lighting of

FIGURE 24-Another method of installing carpet on steppings uses a patented rubber nosing strip. This rubber strip can be had in most colors to match the predominant colors which is sometimes desirable in a well-lighted stair, but in case of aisles in balconies, stadiums, or mezzanines. the strip should be white in color to define the edge of the sleppings. A wood ground is used {or tacking.








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