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1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 199 (187)

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition
1947-48 Theatre Catalog
1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 199
Page 199

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 199

FIGURE lS-The concession stand is an important part of the drive-in theatre setup and should be designed by someone tully familiar with such operations. In addition to the proper display and sale of the various items, provisions must be made to keep traffic moving past the counter with the

ticket office, one working each side. On some operations, particularly near the larger communities, two ticket ofiices are used to permit the entrance of four lanes of cars. Many of the operations which use the tw0 ticket offices, however, really need them only on the week-end nights, so they could get along with one without too much trouble. Less unfavorable comment would be made by the patrons, however, if a portable ticket office was run out on these extra busy nights, as they object to having facilities available which are not used but think nothing of waiting in line if there is only the one entrance available. Figures 8 and 9 illustrate the most simple type of ticket oi'lice arrangement for one and for two cashiers. These may, of course, be elaborated upon to any extent desired.


Many of the modern drive-in theatres consolidate the projection room, rest rooms, Transverter or power-supply room, arcade, and concession stand into one large building which also provides space for a pump room if a well is used for water supply. The construction of this building is usually concrete block, or brick, and has a reinforced concrete or pressed steel roof over the entire building. The exterior View of this type of building is shown in Figure 10. There are so many features in favor of this type of projection-concession building that there is little use in considering any other type.

The layout oi" the projection room Varies with the equipment which is to be installed but a minimum size should be about 24 feet x 11 feet. In addition to the equipment, provisions must be made for the removal of the heat gene 'ated by


the projectors and toilet facilities for the projectionist. In many states, the code requires two exits from the projection room and, when designing in those states, it is customary to provide one exit at the end of the room nearest to the men's rest room so that the projectionist will be handy to it. In other states, a tin-clad door can be placed to

popcorn, soft drinks,

usual idea of getting their money and making room available for the next customer. The standard sales items tor the concession 'stand consist of hot dogs, hamburgers, potato chips, ice cream, tobacco. candy, gum, col-lee, and minor items as may be locally popular.

open directly into the menls rest room, while in still other states, a toilet room is required in direct connection to the projection room and it must be provided with a Dutch door, half of which can be left open while the lower half is closed, so that the projectionist may keep an eye on the projectors at all times. Of course, the union rules in

FIGURE l4-'l'he days at the painted concrete block walls, cement floor. wood stall partitions, trough urinals, and one small lavoratory are definitely gone. Quarry tile floor and either tile, glazed brick. or glazed hollow tile are used for floors and walls, and the plumbing equipment is of the latest model and design. Here is a view of an easy-to-maintain men's room in a modem drive-in theatre operation.
1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 199