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1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 196 (184)

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition
1947-48 Theatre Catalog
1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 196
Page 196

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 196

FIGURE 6-Where the screen building is located at a considerable distance back from the highway, 6 V-type attraction board should be set between the highway and the screen building. At times, sian installation may be made on the highway side of the screen building with good effect. i

the surface water after it is drained from the ramps, as we must realize that natural soil has considerable absorption but after seven or eight acres are sealed with surfacing material all of the water which falls on the area must be disposed of in a short period of time.

This excess water may be run into storm sewers, if available and of sufficient capacity; into highway or farm ditches; or into nearby creeks or natural waterways. Where none of these disposal methods are available the job of ridding the area of water becomes a problem for special treatment and an expert should be consulted.


Considerable publicity has been given to the double parking ramp on the allegation that a Hgreat saving in the depth of the theatreil can be made through its use. In order to explain the actual "saving in depthli and clarify the minds of the prospective drive-in theatre owners on this subject, I will compare the depth required for the two types of ramps, using a 38-foot spacing, center to center, for the single ramps instead of the 40-foot, which I believe to be the most practical through years of experi ment. Thirty-eight foot spacings are.

used on the double ramp and to make a fair comparison we must use this spac

ing on the single ramp,

With the single ramp construction we have 14x 38 feet or a total depth of 532 feet whereas with the double ramp construction we have 12 feet, 16 feet, 12 feet, 38 feet for the" first two ramps, 12 feet, 12 feet, 12 feet, 38 feet for the second two ramps, and then 12 feet, 10 feet, 12 feet, 38 feet for the next ten ramps which gives us a total depth of 78 feet plus 74 feet plus 860 feet or a total depth of 512 feet, or a saving in favor of the double ramp of exactly 20 feet.

Against this negligible saving in land, we must realize that with the double ramp construction there are sure to be some cars backing out of their parked positions while other cars are driving frrward, and consequently, a congestion of traffic within the parking area is sure to occur to a far greater extent than in a single ramp theatre where cars are always moving forward in an orderly manner.

It is not my intention, or desire, to sell anyone on either type of ramp construction, and I have constructed both types and understand them thoroughly, but it is my desire that persons interested in drive-in theatres understand what they are doing before it is too late.

The double ramp is used in the construction of the cheaper type of drive-in theatres as it permits the use of Bi-Car

FIGURE 7sAnother example of the V-type program hoard. Although the board shown in Figure 6 cost some three times that of the one shown here, the latter has a most pleasing appearance both day and night. Signs must cause favorable comment from those who view them by day or night.

speakers, located on the first ramp of each pair of ramps, thereby reducing the cost of equipment and installation by about 50 percent. There are comparatively few projects using this double ramp, except under the conditions mentioned, and it was in August, 1947, that an injunction was asked to prevent a drive-in theatre in Ohio from continuing the use of Bi-Car speakers on a double ramp operation and this on a theatre located across the highway from an airport!


The surfacing of the ramps and drives in a drive-in theatre is of the utmost importance on a first-class operation and with the present construction costs and the high land value it is just not good business to construct a good theatre and then provide the surfacing of a shot-gun operation. Of course we will always have some of this type under construction but it is not for the smart exhibitor.

The old method, and one which is still in use by the uninitiated, was to pile several inches of crushed slag, stone, or gravel on the graded areas and then attempt to roll it into some sort of itsurfacefi leaving inches of loose material for the patrons to plough through. With modern drive-in theatres this primitive method of finishing the ramps


1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 196