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1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 201 (189)

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition
1947-48 Theatre Catalog
1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 201
Page 201

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 201

lawn tables, chairs, and umbrellas will probably cost another $300, but will be wellworth expense.

The fenced in area in front of the projection room can be beautified through the use of some grass, a few shrubs, a few flowers, and a small fountain illuminated with a blue light. There are many other ideas which can be worked into this little spot.


Few persons appear to understand the fact that the side fences of the drivein theatre are for the purpose of keeping the road lights from the eyes of the patrons: they are not used chiefly to keep out the non-paying guest. On this basis, therefore, the fence length varies with each site. It is often desirable, however, to construct a heavy wire fence around the outer line of the theatre to prevent children from sneaking in and getting injured by the cars and, also, to prevent animals from committing a nuisance on the ramps.

These enclosing fences can best be constructed of the same asbestos-cement board as used on the screen building. The three principal reasons for this construction lie in the fact that this material does not shrink and leave the wide spaces which occur when wooden boards are used; it requires no paint to keep it looking neat; and the cost of erection is less than wooden boards in the majority of locations, It must be borne in mind however, that the wind resistance of a long, tight fence is considerable and that the fence posts, therefore, must be sufiiciently strong and should be set in concrete.

Ornamental picket fences of various designs may be used to advantage around lawn areas, on the radii of the driveways, and similar places but, in the opinion of the writer, should not be used around HoWer beds where they will obstruct the view. In such places, posts should be erected and connected together by chains which will allow a View of the

flowers but will keep off pedestrians and automobiles.


In line with every other type of de-'

velopment in the drive-in theatre field the equipment has proceeded through the various stages of experiment until, today, we have efiicient sound and projection. The projection in use on this type of operation consist of the condenser type arc and the redector type are and in the former type we have the Peerless Hy-Candescent and the Brenkert Super-High, while in the reflector type there are the Peerless Magnarc, the Brenkert Enarc, the Strong Mogul, and similar equipment. (Figure 15.)

It is not the intention of the writer to enter into any controversary over the effectiveness or desirability of any equipment; but, based solely upon his own observation of a great many drive-in theatre operations over a long period of time, he is of the opinion that the reflector type projectors are the most satisfactory for shows of twelve ramps, or less, and for screens up to 45 feet in width. Also there are many locations where the power supply would be inadequate for the operation of the larger units.

The problem of sound for drive-in the 1947-48 THEATRE CATALOG

atres has received the most attention from the equipment manufacturers and, during the past eight years, the sound has progressed from the central sound, through the underground speakers, the pole speakers, the wooden Bi-Car speakers, the metal Bi-Car speakers, and now we have the ln-Car speakers.

The In-Car speakers which are on the market today are very edicient and give excellent sound reproduction. They appeal to the patron because of the fact that the volume of sound can be controlled to suit the desire of the individual and also because of the fact that the car windows may be closed tight, during inclement weather and the sound still enters the car without undue distortion. (Figure 16.)

The patron appeal of the InVCar speakers was forcibly brought to the attention of the writer recently by an ex hibitor who owned two drive-in theatres in the same city, one theatre being equipped with Bi-Car sound and the other with In-Car speakers. This exhibitor made the definite statement that on normal summer evenings the two theatres did practically a dollar-fordollar business, but on rainy, windy, or other inclement nights the In-Car installation outgrossed the Bi-Car job three to one.

The cost of installation of the ln-Car speakers in locations where all work must be performed by union labor is approximately $20 a post (two speakers), which cost includes the trenching, underground cable, concrete bases, pipe posts, and electrical connections. In some 10calities the work can be done at a lower price but the $20 cost should be used until a firm bid is obtained from a contractor.

FIGURE lseThe problem of sound for drive-in theatres has received the most attention from equipment manufacturers and, during the past eight years, the sound has progressed from central sound. through underground speakers, the pole speakers, the metal and wood Bi-Car speakers, to the in-car speakers as are shown here. Modern speakers are efficient and give excellent sound reproduction.
1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 201