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1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 41 (29)

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition
1947-48 Theatre Catalog
1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 41
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1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 41

The "Packaged" Semi-Prefabricated Theatre

Theatres Will Cost from $47 to $68 a Seat Using Quonset Arches, Factory-Built Units

Ever since the THEATRE CATALOG (1945 edition, page 135) indicated the possibility of utilizing Quonset arches as the skeletal construction of theatre auditoriums, the idea has been growing, and already more than a score of cinemas have employed the arch-rib construction.

Most of the Quonset theatres have been designed and developed by indi< vidual architects, but, because of the very nature of their fabrication, the arch ribs and the method of their handling have become the heart of plans to develop a semi-prefabricated theatre which could be sold on a Hpackage" deal.

One such plan, already available to prospective theatre owners, is that de4 veloped by Poblocki and Sons out of its 25 years experience in the manufacture of marquees, signs, box ofiices, poster cases, and fronts for theatres.


The theatre, for the time being called Prefab, is a permanent structureenot a temporary building or one just for resort

FRONT OF THE PREFAB THEATRE shows the arrangement of the items pro-fabricated at the factory, including such items as canopy tacia, name sign, poster case, attraction sign, box office. and porcelain tront. The skeleton of the auditorium takes advantage of the many desirable qualities



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areasewhere nothing has been sacrificed in good construction, luxury, convenience, and functional utility. It is adaptable to any part of the country and to any locality, even for cold climates and rugged weather Conditions.

Plans for the Prefab theatresewith seating capacities of 323, 423, 537, and 68S), and of 494 and 822 for balcony theatresewere perfected after long research and development by the company, through the architectural firm of Peacock and Belongia, which has a nationwide reputation for excellence in theatre design. Besides drawing on 25 years of experience, expert consultant engineers and advisory counsel were obtained from every branch of theatre construction, operation, and maintenance during the developmental stages of the plans and specifications.

In every detail the plans for each of

the six sizes of theatres are complete, including (i) all structural and mechanical details, (2) seating and sight lines, (8) heating, (4) air-conditioning and cooling, (5) electrical wiring diagrams, ((5) projection room layout, and (7) acoustics.

Thus, with complete plans, specifications, quantity lists and cost summaries, any good contractor can erect the theatre in about half the time required for the conventional type of construction. In actual construction, representatives of the Strain-Steel Division of the Great Lakes Steel Corporation can be of considerable assistance in handling the (vuonset details of construction. These more than 500 representatives throughtut the country can suggest contractors who are able to offer local prices for checking against Poblocki estimates.

The whole theatre is designed in accordance with the uniform building code (1946 edition) as prepared by the Pacific Coast Building Otlicials Conference. The most stringent requirements were met

at the Quonset archurib construction. The "package deal" as set forth is for a permanent structure wherein nothing has been sacrificed in good construction, convenience, and functional utility. It is adaptable to any part of the country, even for the most rugged weather conditions possible.
1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 41