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1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 197 (185)

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition
1947-48 Theatre Catalog
1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 197
Page 197

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 197

FIGURE BeBox-oftice design for a single cashier working both sides of the entrance way. There is a variation of opinion as to the proper type of ticket office that should be used in drivedn theatre operation. The problem is to pass the cars fast enough to prevent highway blocking.

is no longer used.

People in general, and women in particular with their open toe and heel shoes, object strenuously to cutting their shoes and hose on this loose material Furthermore, this type of surfacing is costly to maintain, as the loose material must be raked up onto the tops of the ramps every day or the ramps will lose their proper pitch due to the low portions becoming raised up by the loose material which is sure to be kicked downhill by the action of the car tires.

The only good that this loose type surfacing accomplishes is to partically prevent the cars from becoming mired in mud in the event of a reavy rain and it usually fails completely to prevent the surface water from penetrating the subgrade with the result that the subgrade becomes saturated with water as previously mentioned. It is true that each type of soil, or subgrade, requires a different type of treatment if it is to be water-proofed in a thorough and economical manner and no general rule can be made in this respect. Some type of seal must be used on the subgrade, however, in the great majority of drive-in theatres if the surfacing is expected to remain firm. The surfacing material must be thoroughly compacted and checked with fines over which a binder must be applied to hold the surfacing material in position and prevent loose material and dust from annoying the patrons. It makes no difference how beautiful the rest rooms and concession stand may be if the patrons will not visit them because of poor surfacing conditions.


The screen building is the most costly item on the construction program, not including the grading and surfacing, and may be constructed of wood, steel, or cement blocks. In any case, however, this building should be designed to withstand a wind velocity of 100 miles an hour or approximately 35 pounds to the square foot of surface. Although the great majority of the screen buildings are of Wood construction, there are some steel frames but, as a rough guide to the comparative cost of the two materials, the writer believes that the cost of the complete wood frame will be less than the cost of erecting and furring the steel frame without including the cost of material and fabricating which,


in itself, will be thousands of dollars. This opinion has been arrived at through keeping a record of the cost of the various items on the two types of jobs. Many persons accept steel as the ultimate of strength and ignore the fact that when a structure is designed for a given load it makes little difference as to the material which is used to comply with the loading conditions.

When speed is the uessence of the contractly and it definitely is on the vast majority of drive-in theatres due to the limited operating season, the wood frame is by far the most popular. There are many other factors in favor of the wood frame, but the cost and speed of erection is the most vital on the majority of operations.

With either steel or wood construction, the entire exterior surface of the framing must be furred with wood to permit the application of the covering material, whether it be asbestos, cement board, aluminum sheets, corrugated glass,

FIGURE S-Box-ottice design for two cashiers. In operation, the box ottice should be open and ready for business when the first car arrives, usually about two hours before the show starts. This prevents a long line of waiting cars building up even before the real rush actually starts.

enameled metal, or other materials. The fact that the great majority of jobs, both the cheap ones and the costly ones, use an asbestos-cement board for covering is due to many advantages of this type of covering, chief among which are the facts that it is fire-proof, is applied by carpenters, can be nailed directly to the furring without drilling, and does not require paint to protect it from the weather. If, however, the design calls for a painted surface, this material readily lends itself to such treatment and this material is also the cheapest that can be obtained for a good job.


Persons familiar with the design of drive-in theatres realize how ditiicult is the problem of making GOXGO-foot fiat surface into a thing of beauty which will attract and impress itself on the observer. In many instances a smart designer can keep the cost of the structure to an absolute minimum and make the

FIGURE loeModern drive-in theatres consolidate the projection room, rest rooms, power-supply room. arcade, and concession stand into one large building which also provides space for a pump room. There are so many features in favor of this type of building that there is little use in considering any other type. Construction may be of concrete block or brick, with a reintorced concrete root over all.

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1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 197