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1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 195 (183)

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition
1947-48 Theatre Catalog
1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 195
Page 195

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 195

FIGURE 5-The drive-in theatre is a night operation and, while it may be pleasing in appearance during the daylight hours, it must be definitely inspiring at night. In this display, the owner's name is in red neon, while the rest of the words are in yellow incandescent bulbs. While this is one

problem however lies in the lengthening of the driveway approaching the ticket office and in many instances there is suflicient land in which to weave the road so as to lengthen it between the two points.

The exit drive also presents a problem which requires a solution based upon experience with this kind of traffic. It is not unusual for a drive-in theatre to move from 75 to 100 cars a minute onto the highway so it will be readily appreciated that some congestion is sure to occur unless traflic is slowed down before it makes contact with the main highway and then is props erly distributed and directed as it contacts the highway. This may he conr trolled, to some extent at least, by the exit drive shown in Figure :1.


There are a few physical require.ments which should be checked before the site is definitely decided upon so that an answer may be ready when construction is started. The a 'ailability oi" 220-volt, 3-phase current is most desirable and the presence of ]l()-voltY singlephase current is almost an essential. in many instances, this electric service may not be directly on the site, but :1 person can check with the local power company and ascertain if it can he, made


available and the cost of extending it to a definite location. There are almost as many methods of charging for this extension work as there are power companies, but they generally follow along one of these three: (1) Consumer pays for extension and permits company to deduct a percentage of his bill each month until he has been reimbursed the extension cost; (2) power company pays for extension upon deposit of a substantial amount by the consumer and all bills are applied against the deposit until it is amortized; or ('3) power company pays entire cost of extension.

It is customary under any type of extension charge to have the consumer pay for any poles which are set on his property.

Another item to check on is the availability of city water and sanitary sewer. It is far more desirable to provide city water to the site than to drill a well and provide pumping.r and pressure tank even though the city water should cost more money. Sanitary sewers are also desirable and much to be preferred to septic tanks, dry wells, and filter beds, but it is exceptional when this item is accessible to a drive-in theatre site. Storm sewers are also desirable and are frequently available but, in most instances, they are too small to be of much practical use for drainage purposes.

at the more simple types at drive-in theatre signs, it is extremely effective, both in the daylight and nighttime hours. thus fulfilling the prime requisite. architecturally speaking, of the screen-tower building when it is erected at the highway side of the theatre.


The proper drainage of the ramped area is of the utmost importance if the theatre is to be operated at a minmum of expense on the surfaced areas. Improper drainage permits such water to stand in puddles and gradually penetrate into the subsoil to the extent that the subsoil becomes saturated and cannot dry out before the surfaces seals the moisture in. This causes spongy spots which will continue to cause trouble until they are dug up and nlled with dry n'iaterial and, if there are very many of these spongy spots, the repair becomes a major expense. if the cost of the drive-in theatre has to be kept to a, very minimum it is far hotter to cheat on anything: else but on the ramps, surfaw ing, and drainage. '


The question is frequently asked. UWhich way should the ground slope?" The reply to this question is that the ideal slope is to have the high point at the rear and the slope toward the highway. Except for the cost of grading, it makes little difl'erencc which way the grade, runs. The grade may be to the front, to the rear, to either side or to both sides with the high point alongr the center line of the show. The important point is to have a means of disposing of
1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 195