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1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 536 (520)

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition
1947-48 Theatre Catalog
1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 536
Page 536


1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 536

Billiard Parlors with Theatre Enterprises

In Mutual Ventures, Extra Profits Derived

From the Usually Forgotten Basement Space

Planners of theatre projects and recreational facilities are fast realizing the extraordinary public appeal and additional profits for their investment in new "double threat" theatre-billiard room combinations. These modern motionpicture theatres of the much-discussed post-war era are comprised of a motionpicture plant of the most advanced type and a billiard parlor of extraordinary public appeal which is located in the usually forgotten basement space of the building.

RECENT VENTU RES

The principal element of the new plant is, of course, the theatre portion. But beneath the theatre there is the modern billiard room which is an extra incomebearing element which undoubtedly deserves priority in the description because of its rather remarkable record of earnings, which average around 171/2

THE BILLIARD PARLOB in the basement of the Midwest Theatre, in Scottsbluti, Nebraska. is equipped with twelve Brunswick Commander Model V tables. which include nine snooker tables, ecu-om tables, and one pocket billiards table. Fluorescent tube lighting in specially designed fixtures

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H. B. MACCREADY

The Brunswick-Balke-Collender Company

percent in volume to the dollar of daily income.

Twelve to twenty billiard tables of the sophisticated type usually occupy this basement areaethe room being accessible from the street as well as from the lobby of the theatre proper.

Midwest's Billiard Parlor

An excellent example of this type of establishment is that of the Midwest Theatre of Scottsblutf, Nebraska. It was constructed and is operated by the Midwest Amusement and Realty Company of Scottsbluff and is headed by W. H. Ostenberg, III, as managing director.

The Midwest billiard parlor, construction and equipment, which cost approximately $23,000, has it own confectionery

and refreshment room, as well as other provisions for the comfort and convenience of the customers, most of whom are before-or-after patrons of the theatre portion.

This room is equipped with twelve Brunswick Commander Model V tables, which include nine 5 x 10 snooker tables, one 5x10 carom table, and two 4%) x9 pocket billiard tables. Fluorescent tube lighting in specially designed fixtures illuminates the tables, and the parlor has its own heating and air-conditioning system. The floor of the billiard room is covered with asphalt tile which is also used for the wainscot. It is theatrical in atmosphere and easily accessible either through a massive aluminum door opening off the street level or from the stairway in the lobby which leads to the billiard room below. The architect has carefully adhered to the fundamental objective to achieve interior designs that

illuminates the tables, and the parlor has its own heating and air-conditioning system. It has its own conlectionery and refreshment room, as well as other provisions for the comfort and convenience oi the customers, most 01 whcm are betere-or-aiter patrons o! the: theatre. Cost was about $23,000.



THEATRE CATALOG 1947-48
1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 536