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1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 174 (162)

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition
1947-48 Theatre Catalog
1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 174
Page 174

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 174


IN OFFICES, Fiberglas fabrics can play a double role, of ceiling decoration and for drapes (above). Fiberglas bats above the ceiling fabric add iurther acousuc benefits. The contour curtain at the Fox Theatre (middle), Philadelphia, as well as the proscenium and other drapes, are at Fiberglas in magenta, coral, iade, gold, and eggshell. Maior attribute of Fiberglas materials is their fire-proctness.

GENERAL VIEW oi the auditorium oi the Crest Theatre, Long Beach, Caliiornia, shows the decorativ'e- plan. Sound control 15 provided by using Fiberglas acoustical materials in the walls and ceiling: overlaid by a thin porous Piberqlas mat, and all installed behind a metal grille. The acoustical balance 13 so good that it is said a normal voice can be heard in any part of the house.

The facing fabric can be. stretched flat, pleated or draped. It can be installed in direct contact with the acoustical material, or it can be hung independently of it. A method of installing the fabric on a wall is shcwn in the pictures. The snap catches make it easy to remove the fabric for cleaning.


An example of the trend toward use of Fiberglas decorative and acoustical materials in theatres is provided by the Crest Theatre, Long Beach, California, the world's first pro-fabricated theatre. Instead of using plaster in the auditorium walls and ceiling areas, sound absorption is provided by using Fiberglas sound-absorbing material faced with a thin Fiberglas mat, behind a metal grille. Acoustical balance is so good that words spoken in normal tones can be heard anywhere in the house.

Fiberglas acoustical material is installed in the ceilings of the main ramps and cross-over aisles, in the exit doors, and in the ceilings of the men's lounge and lavatory. The ceilings of the ladies lounge and lavatory are of Fiberglas fabric backed by Fiberlglas soundabsorbing material. Fiberglas is also used for sound absorption in the ceiling of the projection room.

The Madison Theatre, recently opened in Covington, Kentucky, provides another example of the use of Fiberglas materials. Fiberglas decorative fabrics provide the predominant decorative motif. On the side walls of the auditorium area they are laid over an acoustical material, in a tropical pattern of blue on rose-ash. Stage curtains and valances are of Fiberglas fabric in a striped pattern, alternating pearl gray and lemon yellow.


Many uses of Fiberglas materials in theatres, even including decorative fabrics and acoustical materials, are essentially similar to uses of the materials in other types of buildings. The heating system of a theatre does not differ essentially from the heating system for a restaurant. In both instances, it has been demonstrated that proper use of Fiberglas thermal insulation in walls, floors, and roof cuts fuel costs, makes possible use of smaller and less expensive heating units, and provides closer temperature control.

Fiberglas roofing mat is available to help provide a Weather-proof cover for a theatre, as it is to provide a similar cover for a loft building. Fiberglas in a number of forms, is supplied for the insulae tion of pipes and air ducts, in whatever type of building the pipes and ducts may be installed. Fiberglas materials are employed for the insulation of electrical equipment and wiring in theatres, as they are for such equipment and wiring in department stores.

Whether in an industrial plant or theae tre, the air circulated by the air-conditioning system must be cleaned. Fiberglas air filters, consisting of pads of glass fibers treated with an adhesive, are standard equipment for such systems in all types of buildings. In the theatre, the filters strain from the air the dust and pollen that would otherwise cause audience discomfort, and settle in a heavy film on draperies and upholstery.




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1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 174