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1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 43 (31)

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition
1947-48 Theatre Catalog
1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 43
Page 43

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 43

including 148 in the balcony. These theatres with balconies are suggested as ideal for use in the South.


Plans and specifications have been drawn up for 323-, 423-, 537-, and 68?)seat theatres, for sale at the following prices. Included also are the cost figures for the four types of theatre.

Cost of Building (Including

(lost of Items for Plans Front)

323-seat theatre

(8 in cryroom)... $403.75 $26,161.00 423-seat theatre

(25 in cryroom).. 528.75 29,565.50 537-seat theatre

(25 in cryroom) .. 653.75 34,101.00 689-seat theatre

(25 in cryroom).. 778.75 36,520.00 494-seat, balcony

plan . . . . . . . . . . M 630.00 32,887.96 822-seat, balcony

plan . . . . . . . . . . .. 945.00 40,122.00

It will be noted from the estimated costs on pre-fabricated theatres in various capacities that the cost per seat is much higher on the 323-seat than the 689-seat theatre. As an illustration, the following is the cost computed on a per seat basis:

323-seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..$68 per seat 423-seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..$60 per seat 537-seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..$56 per seat 689-seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..$47 per seat

AUDITORIUM OF THE PREFAB THEATRE is as tire-resistant as possible, and maintenance problems are at a minimum. The inside shape of the building, being set, of course, by the curvature ot the Quonset 40 ribs, is perlect for sound, heating, air-conditioning, and ventilation, and it is clean,


The cost per seat for the GSfLseat house indicated is very economical at the unheard of price of $47 per seat and, although the cost per seat for the 323seat house of $68 seems to be high, by comparison with present-day building costs, this is also very small.

Naturally, the same identical projection booth, proscenium, stage, heating rooms and almost the same identical lobby are required for a theatre building whether it be 300 seats or 1,000 seats. The same holds good for equipment. Every theatre requires complete projection equipment regardless of size.

From the above, it can be readily seen that the larger the seating capacity the less cost per seat.

After studying these computed costs, it would seem that building a theatre of 323 seats would not be practical inasmuch as a 400* or 500-seat theatre can be built for a cost per seat which

. is much less than the smaller house. It

is suggested that the seats be spaced 36 to 38 inches back-to-back instead of 32 inches; the trend is in that direction and the cost of the theatre is very little more.

In connection with these computed costs, every possible item has been included. It is possible to cut these costs considerably if the owner is willing to sacrifice some of the refinements.

Costs were based on an average cost of $1.85 an hour for all tradesmen. Poblocki and Sons has established dealers in

every film territory in the United States and will establish dealers in Canada in the immediate future through Whom plans can be purchased. Equipment costs can be procured from these dealers who are thus in a position to offer a turn-key job on the entire theatre at a definite cost.


In regard to financing, a 40 to 50 percent loan on a first mortgage plan can be obtained from an insurance broker in almost any location.

Northwest Mutual Life Insurance Company and the Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company have been advertising in Sunday newspapers for loans on one-p'urpose buildings, such as theatres and apartment buildings.

In the event the would-be theatre owner is a former serviceman, it would be possible for him to obtain a so-called GI loan.

If a loan cannot be obtained through established agencies, the Reconstruction Finance Corporation can be approached for a 40 percent loan on a first mortgage plan, covering a period of 10 years, with interest of approximately 4 percent on the unpaid balance.

The Companyls dealers have information as to how finances can be obtained in their immediate territories and have CPA forms and so forth to be properly executed, facilitating this phase of the deaL

modern, and lends itself well to ideas in attractive decoration. Plans and specifications have been prepared for theatres to seat 828, 423, 537, and 639 Drsons, to sell, respectively, for about $26,000, $30,000, $34,000, and $37,000. These costs include the various items for the front of the theatre.

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 43