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1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 44 (32)

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition
1947-48 Theatre Catalog
1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 44
Page 44

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 44

The R

eview of Recent Theatre Construction '

The Picture Presentations of New Theatres

And Notable Reconstruction and Remodeling 1'.

When publication of this annual reference work was resumed (1945 edition), it was deemed desirable not to publish a New Theatres section, but rather to devote the photolithogrophic portion of the book to architectsi renderings of post-war planning. Among the many there represented, the eight, whose facades are re-presented on this page, have come into being and are shown in pictorial detail in the following pages: Madison, Covington, Kentucky, on page 114; Belmont (now the Dabel), Dayton, Ohio, on page 106; Covedale, Cincinnati, Ohio, on page 48; Esquire, Columbus, Ohio, on page 51; Saint Laurent (now the (Normandie), Saint Laurent (Montreal), Quebec, on page 127; University, Columbus, Ohio, on page 124; May, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on page 116; and Strand, Wildwood, New Jersey, on page 81.

Theatres of the usual construction continue to be the main architectural interest, although the utilization of Quonset >10 in theatre design is fast becoming a potent factor for smaller theatres, as indicated in the three previous articles (pages 19, 24, and 28). Other types of low-cost construction seem not to have strongly developed during the past year.

Mention should be made of a newcomer to the low-cost construction field ethe Alumi-Drome, an all-aluminum theatre of arch-rib construction, described in greater detail on pages 166 and 167.

Since the end of the war, the number of drive-in theatres has steadily increased. This presentation, however, is devoted to theatres of the orthodox type, with the outdoor cinemas treated in a special Drive-In Section (page 179 and following), in which eight pages are devoted to five of the more recent projects. With drive-ins, as it has been with regular cinemas, the trend is toward the bigger and better, both in the size of the development and the magnificence of the facilities offered. To this end, the development of specialized items of equipment has played a major role.

In the accompanying 96 pages of photolithography, 38 theatres are presented in pictorial detail, the material representing 29 of the newer theatres in 16 states and the Territory of Alaska and nine new theatres in five foreign countries. (For pictures of other U. S. theatres, with particular reference to signs and letters, the reader is referred to the article on page 212 and, for a similar consideration in reference to foreign cinemas, to page 225.)

The material here presented has been selected in such a way as will show what has been done in a wide variety of situations, from small country places to great urban centers, from a few hundred seats to a couple of thousand. Textual comment has been kept to a minimum, that the pictures may themselves be their own most eloquent commentary.

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 44