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1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 38 (26)

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition
1947-48 Theatre Catalog
1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 38
Page 38

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 38

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SCHEME A (or a Quonset theatre, with toilets in the basement, requires 72/5 standard 20-foot sections for 714 seats. seven standard sections for 625 seats, and six standard sections for 505 seats. The reduction in capacity is accomplished by omitting from the center portion either one

for applying thermal insulation to insulate the structure thoroughly against excessive heat loss in the winter, and heat gain in the summer season. Although the circular form of this construction creates some acoustical problems, an acoustical analysis has been made by competent authorities and the necessary corrections are possible with


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out excessive cost. Laboratory tests of several materials are now being made for us and we hope to develop a treatment by which both the thermal insulation and the acoustical insulation can be accomplished in one operation. This will reduce the final cost to a considerable extent.

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TABLE 1-Costs for construction and architects fees, mechanical ventilation, and mechanical refrigeration for semi-prefabricated theatres of 415, 475, 600, 725 seats.

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$72,400 $100

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$08,700 $114.50 $01,200 $127 $58,530 $111

Ventilation 8,480 7,050 7,120 7,100

$80,800 $123

$70,050 $127 $08,020 $111 $05,020 $158

Equipment 25,000 23,500 21,500 20,500

$105,800 $110 $100,150 $108 $00,120 $100 $80,130 $208

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Refrigeration 0,500 0,500 8,500 0,400

Total, Including Mechanical llei'rigeration and Equipment

$115,380 $100 $109,050 $182

$03,020 $210 $02,520 $223or two standard 20-foot sections. Further variations can be made by adding or subtracting irom the Quonset sections in multiples of 4 feet, which makes it possible to adapt this construction to any size property with a minimum width of 515 feet. The most economical expansion unit is 8 feet.

larger theatre have been prepared and the construction costs have been carefully estimated by reliable contractors using prevailing union wage scales and material prices for the New York and the New Jersey areas. The figures given will therefore vary, downward in most other remote or rural areas, in accordance with the availability of local labor at lower wage scales. The cost will also be influenced by the treatment of the entrance, and the interior treatment and decorations, but we feel the costs as shown below will cover most situations and that they may be reduced in some localities.

As indicated by the accompanying sketches, the exterior entrance facade and the interior treatment of the auditorium adapt themselves to many different and pleasing treatments, limited only to the amount of money which the prospective owner wishes to Spend.

From the :wcompanying figures (Table 1), it is evident that the 71/1-seat theatre of Scheme uA" or the 725-seat theatre of Scheme HB" :an be built for approximately $72,400 (this figure includes the architects fee), or $100 a seat without mechanical ventilation, refrigeration or equipment. If mechanical ventilation is required the additional total cost would be ai'niroximately $8,480, and to this

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 38