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1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 537 (521)

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition
1947-48 Theatre Catalog
1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 537
Page 537

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 537

ENTRANCE to the Midwest Theatre's billiard parlor is at the far end of the In the billiard room, the floor is covered with asphalt tile, which It is theatrical in atmosphere and easily

front. is also used for the wainscot. accessible. The architect has carefully adhered

do not subordinate the functional problems involved. Here, for example, lighting, air and sound conditioning are parts of the whole conception and it is along these lines that the development of this theatre-billiard room was planned, built, and installed.

Melrose's Billiard Lounge

Another example of how profitable this new type of combination theatre and billiard business can be is that of the Melrose Theatre and Billiard Lounge of Nashville, Tennessee, whose owner, James H. Vester, states that "this billiard parlor in the basement of the Melrose Theatre is a profitable, self-supports ing attraction0 and that he feels that if others who are going to build theatres will give some thought to the use of the basement, they, too, can profit by the same situation that he has developed.

The Cue and Cushion

The Cue and Cushion, which opened in Springfield, Illinois, in the fall of

1947 and is sponsored by the Brunswick-.

Balke-Collendar Company, the 103-yearold manufacturers of bowling and billiard equipment and supplies, is an example of integrated effort to make the ancient game of billiards, which fell into disrepute during the early part of the century, a thoroughly ffwholesome and respectable, sport which can be enjoyed by the entire family, father, mother, daughter, and son, alike. This modernistic, streamlined billiard room is


to the fundamental

a bright, tube-lighted, air-conditioned, sleekly streamlined neighborhood resort Where the whole family can enjoy their leisure hours in the mild and healthful exercise / of billiards. The Cue and Cushion is making a special effort to prove that the game of billiards is by no means for men only and that women, girls and the younger generation of the male sex, can find highly interesting sport and relaxation in the wielding of the cue and the mastery of pocket billiards and three-cushion billiards, as well as the many variations of both games. Women, who have established beachheads in practically all other sports, such as golf, swimming, softball and bowling, are expected to be among the

obiective to achieve interior designs that do not subordinate the functional problems involved. Here, lighting, air-. and sound-conditioning are parts of the whole conception, and it is along these lines that the development of this theatre-billiard room was planned, built and equipment installed.

more regular patrons of the Cue and Cushion. The sport of billiards, with its many games, always has been attractive to women. It appeals to them because it is a sport of skill rather than a pastime which requires brawn. Co-eds at universities throughout America have been competing in billiards since 1940, When Charles C. Peterson, worldis fancy shot champion, introduced his co-ed system of key-shot billiards. This key-shot system of billiards has already been played by the male students since it was introduced at the University of Wisconsin in 1931. Boys, clubs have also been competing in national billiard tournaments and in 1947 over 5,000 boys between the ages of nine and twenty years

BASEMENT PLAN of the Midwest Theatre shows the layout of the billiard parlor, without curtailing the house facilities of the theatre itself. A long corridor connects the fan room with the boiler room and storage spaces at the front of the building. The workshop is so arranged that its facilities

can be used by both the theatre and the billiard parlor.

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Charles D. Strong was the architect.

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 537