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1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 56 (44)
1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 56THE KEN THEATRE, as has been pointed out, is the tirst theatreeevat least, one of the first theatres-to utilize Quonset arch ribs on a lot whose major axis is parallel to the highway, a circumstance not infrequently encountered. As pointed out in the last (1948-47) edition of this reference work, utilization of the Quonset in no way imposed any restrictions on the ingenuity of the architect, but rather that this type of construe tion was only one method of lowering construction costs. Indeed, since the Quonset arch ribs per se are never seen, any more than is the more orthodox structural steel, it is apparent that the same general principles of construction and decoration and treatment hold in both cases. Accordingly, a Quonset theatre can be expensive, but such a theatre can be very nice and very reasonable, such as this one, a 496-seat theatre built and equipped for about $27,000. The Ken Theatre was started on lune 25 and opened to the public on September 19, 1947, two days over twelve weeks. On this page are shown three pictures of the theatre, the top and bottom pictures showing each side 01 the Quonset section of the cinema and the middle photograph revealing the construction of the from just belore the tinal touches were effected. The pictures show the manner in which cement blocks were used to make the end walls and also indicate how the boiler room was con. structed back of the screen area but still under the Quonset portion of the construction. The pictures oi the Ken Theatre, taken in conjunction with photographs 01 other recent Quonset theatres to be found on pages 19 through 23. show what can be done to provide the less populous areas with modern theatres and at a first cost which makes the venture economically feasible. But the wise theatre owner, tyro or old timer, will always employ the services ol (1 qualified architect as well as rely on the engineering tacilities ot the StramSteel Division at the Great Lakes Steel Corporation. The rules applicable to all construction are equally in force here.