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1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 87 (75)

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition
1947-48 Theatre Catalog
1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 87
Page 87

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 87

An Expanded Operation Follows a Fire in Mount Jackson, Virginia

The Nelson Theatre

In the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, not far from Woodstock and Luray, in the heart of Virginiais famed caverns country, lies Mount Jackson, where, last summer, Burgess E. Nelson opened the Nelson Theatre, replacing a 300-seat cinema of the same name which had been destroyed by fire.

The 716-seat theatre, designed by J. R. Mims, is completely fire-proof throughout, with tile walls, long-span joists, steel deck, and a steel suspended ceiling.

The lower part of the front is faced with black Carrara glass which is carried to the top of the building in the space above the theatre entrance. The outer thirds of the upper level are faced with yellow brick. In the central third is also

THE NELSON THEATRE, in Mount Jackson, Virginia, replaces, on the same site, an earlier cinema destroyed by fire. The tacade oi the theatre is faced with black Carrara glass, with trim of ivory, which material in the central portion over the theatre entrance is extended to the top 0! the


a glass-block area about 8 by 31/2\ feet. The island box office is finished in black Carrara glass the same as the facade. The outer lobby is covered with a perforated rubber mat in a light green and ivory design.

The lobby and the lounge-room walls are paneled to a height of 5 feet with black Formica above which the finishing material is press-board. Trimming is with stainless steel. The ceilings are plastered.

The auditorium is finished in natural Sabinite, with two-tone red furrow striping. The side walls are each adorned with a large mural, obtained through Novelty Scenic Studios. As an added precaution against possible fire, all stage


drapes and curtains are of glass fabrics. (Theatres throughout the country are coming to rely on the inherent fire-proof qualities of spun-glass fabrics more than on treating the usual run of textiles.) Throughout the auditorium and balcony, 20-inch chairs are installed.

As the theatre opened for the entertainment of an estimated white population of 5,000 in the immediate area, the operational policy was to have three changes a week-shows on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, on Wednesday and Thursday, and on Friday and Saturayspecializing as far as possible on action drama and comedy. Top price was established as 30 cents for adults and 12 cents for children.

building. This central portion, on the second-floor level, is broken by a columnar panel of glass blocks. The other lacing material on this level is yellow brick. The island box ottice is centered below the triangular marquee on which provision is made for two rows of silhouette letters.
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