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1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 34 (22)

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition
1947-48 Theatre Catalog
1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 34
Page 34

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 34

THE METRO THEATRE, Abiline, Texas, is a Quonset 40 adaptation designed by the owner's architect. With the adoption of Quonsets tor theatres and

or acoustical treatment. separately or in combination, are applied to the

similar uses where plaster, stucco, insulation,

Myles E. Belongia, Milwaukee architect, and are available through Ben B. Poblocki and Sons Co. of Milwaukee, theatre equipment suppliers, also discussed in this volume.

Plans such as these are, of course, standardized. In many cases, minor changes by local architects may be advisable to better fit the resulting building to local conditions and requirements.


Early experience in adapting Quonsets for theatres taught the lesson that auditorium economies possible in this type of construction easily can be dissipated by the unwary in other portions of the building and equipment. Simultaneously, however, it was learned that Quonsets are truly permanent structures which can be made as elaborate as desired.

These statements are attested by Melvin C. Glatz, purchasing agent for the Fox Inter-Mountain Amusement Corpor THE KEISER THEATRE. Keiser, Arkansas, was designed tor Roy Bolick. The building was constructed, after four months of work, at a cast at approximately $27,000, with the structure and its brick-faced front costing about $17,000 of this amount. The lobby is coniined to a space 10 by 16 ieet.

interior, it becomes

ation of Denver, Colorado, in commenting on his experience with that firms 670seat Quonset house in the suburb of Aurora. This was one of the first such buildings erected, and was completed with elaborate detail at a total cost of $165,000. "Engineering for completion of the interior was lacking and there were too many things that had to be improvised and worked out on the job," Glatz said. ttOur costs ran as much as a masonry building. However, I do believe that the life span of the building will be equal to that of masonry construction.

"We have no complaints and have had no trouble with the building itself. The way the building is insulated we have less heat loss than in normal brick or masonry construction. There has been no maintenance on this building."

It is noted that, as far as can be ascertained by diligent inquiry, no other Quonset theatre installation has apv

Insulation is Celotex.

advisable to provide support for the additional dead load. The manufacturer specifies that such Quonset 40 buildings in A territories shall be of the standard B-type buildings, and that when interior treatments exceed 4 pounds to the square foot the buildings shall have double ribs.

preached the cost of the Fox Aurora. The average complete cost of the Quonset theatre, based upon reports from nine operators (including the tihigh-costii Aurora) who replied to questionnaires, is $125 a seat.

Most of the structures referred to in the preceding paragraph were built prior to availability of the previously-mew tioned architectural drawings for lowcost theatres. The theatres and reported data follow:

Number Cost of Total Per Seats Cost Seat

Fox, Aurora, Colo... 670 $165,000 $246

Keiser, Keiser, Ark, 500 27,000 54 Coleman.

Coleman, Wis. ... 400 55,000 137 M and R, Cave

Junction, Ore. 460 35,000 76 Ken, Frankenmuth,

Mich. . . . . . . . . . . .. 400 75,000 187

Drain, Drain, Ore... 400 38,000 95

Ventilation is by a blower with an intake near the left of the screen. Heat is provided by an oil-tired blower. The owner states his theatre is sufficiently warm in winter and in summer is cooler than any brick or block building. Quonset 40 portion is 100 ieet in length.

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 34