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1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 166 (154)

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition
1947-48 Theatre Catalog
1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 166
Page 166

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 166



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FIG-{IRE 28*15 the theatre has a width between the side walls greater than 60 teet, the structural dest-gn will include trusses tor the root and the suspended ceiling below. This space then becomes available tor the ventilating ducts and electrical conduits for the lighting in the auditorium ceiling. A system of catwalks, hung from the root. should be installed to make various parts accessible.


Too often in planning a theatre little thought is given to necessary spaces required for servicing, storage and managing the theatre. These are areas which the public does not have access to but which are just as essential to a properly operated theatre as the public spaces. They include the managers office, cashiersi locker room, ushers, locker room, cleanersy room, sign and lamp storage, electrical control room, janitor,s closets, fan and air-conditioning rooms, boiler room and attic space.

Manager's Oflice

The managers office should never be less than 10 feet by 12 feet and in the larger theatres should be increased with an outer ofiice and an adjoining assistant managers, or treasurers omce.

It must be kept in mind that the the atre manager is conducting a big business with long hours, preparation of numerous forms, and handling large amounts of cash every day. It is also necessary for him to interview newspaper advertising representatives, vendors, and prospective personnel.

The omce should be located so that he is accessible to outside visitors and also to the public area. His omce should be connected by means of an inter-communicating telephone with the box oiiice, projection room, door man, assistant manager, treasurer, stage and engineer. The outside telephone should be an extension from the box-oliice phone with a

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buzzer from the box office. A buzzer from the door manls station should be provided for emergencies. The door covering can be carpet, linoleum, or asphalt tile. The walls and ceiling can be of plaster with base, chair rail, and picture mould.

Locker Rooms

Three locker rooms are required, one for the cashiers and uniformed female help, one for the ushers and uniformed male help, and one for the cleaners.

These rooms should be large enough to accommodate a locker for each person using the room, a dressing bench and mirror. Lavatories in these rooms are desirable.

Structural glazed tile for the walls of these rooms eliminate plaster and painting, and costly maintenance. Since these rooms will probably be in the same area, structural glazed tile for the partitions can be used, with both faces glazed for the dividing partitions. Floors should be covered with linoleum or asphalt tiling.

Cleaners' Rooms

The cleanersy room is for the use of the cleaning women who generally Work at night and are on duty only when the theatre is closed. This room should be finished similar to the locker rooms, and should have in the room or in a store room adjacent, storage space for pails, mops, dust cloths, brooms, and the like.

Junitor's Closets

Janitoris closets with slop sink and storage shelves should be located on each level Where mopping is required. The use of glazed structural tile is also recommended for these spaces.

Letter and Lamp Storage

The sign letter and lamp storage room should be located as near to the front entrance as possible.

The average theatre has a font of about 500 changeable letters for the attraction signs, with probably only about 50 percent being used in the sign at any one time. Storage cabinet with letters filed in order should be provided. If the storage room is accessible to the front entrance, the cabinet can be on rubber-tired casters so the entire stock of letters can be quickly moved to the sign location when it is required to change the copy. No finish is required on the walls and ceiling of this room, but masonry joints should be struck.

The lamp storage section should be divided off by a strong wire screen with locked door for safekeeping of the lamps. It is necessary for the theatre to keep on hand at all times, lamps of all wattages and colors used for interior lighting and exterior signs.

Electrical Control Room

The electrical control room should be of sufficient size to accommodate and afford easy access to the general lighting panel, the emergency lighting panel, the sign lighting panel, and in certain instances, the power panel.

If a storage battery type of emergency lighting source is used, additional space will be required for the storage batteries, racks and trickle charger.

This room should be located near the front of the house to reduce the length of branch circuit runs and to eliminate local switching for the lobby and foyer lighting. If so located, it can also be used for the storage of standee posts

and ropes.

Boiler Room

The location of the boiler room will be contingent, of course, on the general layout, also in some instances on the type of soil which may be encountered in the excavation. Where considerable water pressure is expected, the boiler room floor should be kept at as high a level as possible.

When the main heating load is to be produced by indirect coils and the heat distributed by a system of blower and ducts, then the boiler, fans, and coils should be, if possible, in adjoining spaces, either side by side or the fan and coils immediately above the boiler, to simply and reduce the cost of piping.

One thing to consider in the location of this equipment is the fact that if indirect heating is used for the main auditorium and other places, it will be necessary to install direct radiation in the toilets, office, and other locations where some heat is needed when the main fan will be shut down, to prevent freezing of water pipes and the like. Other considerations in locating the boiler room will be the effect of the necessary flue on the general appearance of the main elevation, and the accessibility for delivering coal or oil.

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 166