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1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 538 (522)

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition
1947-48 Theatre Catalog
1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 538
Page 538

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 538

entered these wholesome contests. It is estimated that contestants for the 1948 tournament will more than double this number.


Edgar Lynch, architect and director of the Brunswick - Balke - Collender Companyls architectural research department, is responsible for the design and plans for the Cue and Cushion. Lynch, who has been in practice since 1929, interrupted a noteworthy career as architect and consultant to outstanding Chicago and New York business and realty firms to collaborate with Donald Deskey Associates on the original concept of this modern billiard room. Lynch says, ttWe are happy to co-operate with others on plans and designs for the building, equipment, and design of modern streamlined billiard rooms. . . . We plan to offer a series of practical Workable brochures designed to serve as springboards for the builders own thinking, they will demonstrate a sound solution to various problems usually encountered in designing modern billiard recreation structures."

The Cue and Cushion, according to the architects report, is an example of ttfunctional planning for todayls recreational needs." The room was planned in three parts: (1) the playing area, (2) '

THE BILLIARD LOUNGE at the Melrose Theatre, Nashville, Tennessee, is another example 0! how ptotitable this combination can be. In this develop the soda and lunch lounge, and (3) the service area.

The room offers fourteen playing tables. Eight of the tables are for pocket billiards; four are snooker tables; and two are carom tables. Pocket billiard tables predominate since this game is by far the most popular of the cue games.

Recreational Area

Lynch calls attention to the fact that in the recreational area great care was taken in locating and spacing the billiard tables to allow the maximum amount of player comfort. In studying this problem it was found that twenty tables could have been squeezed into this room using typical playing methods. In the developed plan only fourteen tables were usede-thus giving the players maximum playing comfort. All tables have revolving cue racks conveniently located and special settees for both players and spectators. The floor in this area is a soft grey asphalt tile. The

walls in the recreational area are striated plywood or Weldtex and are finished in a soft grey harmonious

with the grey cloth that is used on the tables. The color on the walls, the settees and the floor was deliberately designed to create a restful background for the game of billiards. The walls

are lighted by a recessed cove containing fluorescent lamps that cast a warm glow on the walls. The tables are lighted by recessed louvred incandescent fixtures carefully located after much experiment to cast an even, non-glaring flood on the table surface.

Lounge-Refreshment Area

The lounge refreshment area is elevated and thus segregated from the recreational area. It has a dropped acoustical ceiling and contains a row of cold cathode plus louvred lighting. The tables and chairs are especially designed where light lunches, sodas, and so forth are served, and from where one may watch the players. The soda fountain and food area are of a special and unique design. The floor in this area is white terrazzo with black diagonal stripe.


This new type of recreation center will serve as the pattern for billiard rooms of a similar type which are expected to spring up in all parts of the country; ultra-modern billiard centers which will bring to the cue sport the environment the game deserves as one of the nations most popular pastimes. '

Yes, it seems that plus profits can improve from mutual enterprises.


another portion of the.structure. The owner, having lound billiards a: protitable, selfssupportinq attraction," feels that others should give thought

ment, store space has been utilized instead of the normally unused portion to the use of basements and extra space for the inclusion of such Here bowling alleys have been included in

beneath the auditorium.

IaciIiIies. Indeed, more profits can accrue from these mutual enterprises.

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 538