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1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 22 (10)

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition
1947-48 Theatre Catalog
1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 22
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1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 22

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FROM THE MAIN LOUNGE. the grand staircase (above) is seen to advantage. The right wall is natural finish wood screen, while the opposite wall is plaster painted a light color. The wood doors have a natural finish. The middle picture shows the wood screen separating the ioyers at the main entrance. The display shadow box has side and top lighting, with a removable glass front in a metal frame.

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THE ENTRANCE TO THE THEATRE (below) has a ceiling of concrete slab with a terrazzo finish. with lighting by cold-cathode tubes and spotlights. The display board has removable stanchions designed to permit the most advantageous display of various types of boards. Tempered glass is used in the bronze frame behind which is a planting box. The ticket booth will have a marble base. metal frame.

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light sources have been completely avoided. Cove lighting and concealed pocket lights throw an even glow of light on all of the surfaces with only a special accent of highlight on such important features as the main stair, dlS< plays, and featured architectural effects.

In the auditorium, a special type of corrugated texture on the walls and ceiling has made it possible to keep the coloring comparatively light. With this treatment, disturbing light reflection from the walls when the screen light is projected is avoided, yet the walls appear relatively light in tone during the picture show which is now considered a more comfortable surrounding than the dark effect used in the past. Leading doctors, specialists in eye comfort, and lighting experts have proved that this new approach to theatre auditorium lighting for motion picture exhibition makes it possible to view the moving picture with greater eye comfort.

The acoustical problem received the same meticulous care. Great advances have been made in recent years in motion picture theatre-auditorium acoustics. Edward J. Content, a leading acoustical engineer, experienced in radio and theatre fields, in charge of all acoustical design for the United Nations Buildings, was the consulting acoustical engineer for the Tacna.

The walls and ceiling of the Tacna are specially shaped to diffuse and direct the sound energy. Care has been taken to introduce only such absorbing mate rial as will reduce sound reverberation without changing or distorting sound quality.

Harry Rubin, chief projectionist and sound equipment analyst, was responsible for the layout of the projection booth, which has three Simplex projectors (with RCA sound) to guard against any interruption of the show due to breakdowns. The booth is equipped with a record turner so that records may be played during intermissions.

Stage and Proscenium

Beautiful sunburst satin screen and contour curtains, furnished by Premier Studios, of New York, enclose the screen and front curved contour of the stage platform. Curtain equipment was designed and manufactured by J. R. Clancy, Inc., of Syracuse, New York. Specially designed down-light fixtures, furnished by General Lighting Company, play on the curtain and stage. All these lights operate on a modern dimmer system designed and built by Frank Adam Electric Company, of St. Louis and New York.

Lounge and Rest Rooms

Special emphasis has been placed upon the comfort of the patrons who occupy the second balcony. In the past, this area customarily had wooden benches, poor or no toilet facilities, and very few conveniences. However, Tacna has provided the second balcony section with modern and spacious toilet and powder rooms, carpeted foyer and aisles, and a feature never before presented in that section: fully upholstered chairs. The same surroundings as appear in the other sections of the theatre can also be enjoyed by these patrons.

The Tacna has a lounge area and restroom accommodations at each of its

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