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1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 178 (166)

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition
1947-48 Theatre Catalog
1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 178
Page 178

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 178

furniture, Figures 7 and 8, give a feeling of genuine restfulness and comfort.

An aluminum smoking stand, Figure 9, and an aluminum ash tray, Figure 10, are welcome and necessary additions to any lounge. These items serve to indicate the extreme versatility of aluminum.

Ceiling panels such as those shown in Figure 11 can be used to give variety to lounges.

Inside the Theatre

The inside of the theatre can employ aluminum in a variety of applications. Aluminum acoustical ceiling panels,

FIGURE III-Formed aluminum tubing is being made into many attractive lighting Extures for wall and 1100: use. In these three groups at sketches are a iew ideas of what can be done.

shown in Figure 12, are ideal for any theatre.

Aluminum seats, light in weight, help to reduce the Weight which the iioor must support.

House light fixtures can be made more effective and can be more easily cleaned when made of aluminum. (Figure 13.)

Aluminum will also be found in many fixtures for the stage lights and footlights.

Aluminum decorative trim Valso adds much to the interior appearance.

Stage and Booth

Stage equipment that must be moved about can be handled much more easily when made of aluminum.

Much of the projecting equipment as well as all of the projecting booth can be made of aluminum. Spotlight casings would make for light weight and ease of handling.


The most practical solution to the problem of building new small theatres is offered in the Alumi-Drome, a standardized, unit type, arch roof, all aluminum, self-supporting, pre-fabricated building, Figure 14.

While the standard size is 36 feet by 60 feet, the Alumi-Drome uses standardized sections 6 feet in length which allow the building to be lengthened to fit requirements, even after in use. Since the individual arch sections are made entirely of aluminum, they are light and can easily be raised into position after being assembled on the ground.

Each of the sections is anchored to a concrete foundation extending one foot above the ground. Any additional height

desired can be obtained by using a higher concrete foundation. Several theatres have already been built using the Alumi-Drome on a 10-foot wall, giving an overall height in the center of 28 feet.

The initial cost of the Alumi-Drome is the final cost since the building, made entirely of aluminum, has no parts to rust, rot, or be attacked by termites. This is of great importance since the cost of painting at the time of erection as well as later painting for maintenance is eliminated.

Owners can rely upon this building to go year after year without any maintenance costs Whatever because the aluminum will not rot or deteriorate in any manner. It is also fire-proof and when properly grounded, affords excellent protection against lightning.

Since aluminum sheathing can refiect up to 95 per cent of the heat that strikes it, this aluminum building means cooler temperatures in the summer because the sun's rays are literally turned back. In addition the building is easier to heat in the winter because interior heat is likewise reflected back into the building.


In addition to the Alumi-Drome, a wide variety of aluminum building products may be used in theatre construction or renovation. Aluminum shingles, 5-V crimp and corrugated roofing all make excellent coverings and are simple to apply. With their lighter weight, lighter supporting structures may be used. This also means speedier, easier erection.

Many aluminum rolled and extruded structural shapes are being used in the structural framework and as supports for larger buildings, signs, and the like, where they are proving their value daily. Weatherboarding and clapboard are increasing in value as siding material.

The non-rusting qualities of aluminum eliminate the need for painting at any time. With aluminum, no precautions need be taken to prevent disintegrating from rust because rust, the great enemy of common metallic roofing and siding, does not affect aluminum. With these many advantages aluminum is rapidly coming to be regarded as the logical choice whenever lifetime roofing and siding are being considered.

Heating and air conditioning systems can be made more efficient by use of aluminum sheet for air ducts, which in turn are supported by aluminum structural angles. Cooling units may employ many parts made of aluminum to reduce costs and increase useful life of the equipment. Maintenance costs on such units are virtually at an end when aluminum is used in their construction.

Maintenance costs of present theatres may be sharply curtailed and long years of useful service added by the application of protective coats of paint produced from aluminum pigments. Used as coating for roofs and sidewalls, aluminum paint literally seals the weatherman out *and for keeps, too, because the tiny flakes of metallic aluminum overlap to provide a continuous metallic protective shield. At the same time aluminum paint gives a highly pleasing finish to any building and helps reduce summer cooling costs because of its great refiecting eiiiciency.

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 178