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1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 36 (24)

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition
1947-48 Theatre Catalog
1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 36
Page 36

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 36

Semi-Prefabrication with the Quonset40

Three Basic Plans Presented for Theatres With Capacities of from 415 to 725 Seats

In recent months considerable interest has been manifested in the building of pre-fabricated theatres, due primarily to the excessive cost of building in the conventional manner and the urgent need for new theatres in many locations, Such interest has resulted and been further developed by the construction of several theatres of a semi-prefabricated construction in different parts of the United States, which are already in operation.

After considerable research and investigation of different types, we have come to the conclusion that the Quonset hut lends itself Well to this special purpose.* First, because these units are

*All plans and drawings used in this article are copyright, 1947, by E. C. At Bullock, 119 West 57th Street, New York. New York.

THE ENTRANCE FACADE adapts itself to many different and pleasing treatments, at which tour "variations on a theme" are shown here. The treatment is limited only by the amount 0! money


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already in full production for prompt delivery, and can be adapted very economically for a theatre With a maximum seating capacity of approximately 725 seats, and ranging downward to a minimum capacity of about 400 seats. Second, the standard 40-foot wide Quonset unit accommodates without waste space,

The term "Quonset," as used in this article, refers to Stran Steel's Quonset 40, Type B. For a full discussion of Stran Steel structural members in general and the Quonset in particular, with reference to theatre utilization, the reader is referred to the 1946-47 THEATRE CATALOG, pages 145-168. Besides construction dataeand basic costs-six theatres utilizing Quonsets are presented in pictorial detail.

the prospective owner wishes to spend. The entire structure can be built of non-combustible materials, but it cannot be classed under most building codes as strictly "tire-proof construction,"

a two-aisle seating plan with nineteen seats to the row,

In addition to the above facts, the Quonset standard sections required to enclose the 725-seat theatre entirely can be completely erected, after the foundations are completed, in seven days or less, which reduces the cost and the overall elapsed time for the complete construction. With this advantage, it is estimated that the time required to complete and furnish a theatre of this type'and 725, seating capacity should be about sixty working days.

The accompanying sketches show three basic schemes. Scheme t2W with toilets in the basement requires 7-2/5 standard 20-foot sections for 714 seats, seven standard sections for 657 seats, and six

which requires structural steel to be encased in hollow tile or concrete. Interest in pre-tabricated theatres is due primarily to excessive costs of the design and construction of conventional theatres

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 36