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1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 119 (108)

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition
1948-49 Theatre Catalog
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 119
Page 119

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 119

The Odeon

West Vancouver, B. (1., Canada

Although Jay 1. English died last year, some of the best contributions to theatre architecture of his fruitful career progressed to their opening during that same period. A tribute to his knowledge of the physical theatre building, he has left his permanent mark on the Canadian scene with some of the superior theatres on the North American continent. This relatively small theatre in West Vancouver is no exception.

Depending on a drawing area of 10,500 retired and business residential neighbors, the theatre plays class pictures on single bills that change twice weekly at a top admission scale of 50

cents for adults, 30 cents for students,

and 20 cents for children.

Constructed of reinforced concrete and steel, and classified as itslow burning", the front is faced with medium gray hammered local stone, with sections of light colored stucco and of glass. A canopy marquee with attraction board facia forms part of the accent trim of the entire building, and is surmounted by a stone tower topped with neon outlined letters spelling out the theatre name. A small confectionary store

worked into the front and backing the theatres interior counter is certain to increase that itextra profits" feature. Aluminum counter-sunk display frames are advantageously placed near the entrance doors, and near the confectionary store window.

The terrazzo floored lobby features a series of view windows overlooking a lattice-covered patio which will be impressively planted and lighted. Hammered rock is carried inside to form an effective decorative treatment around the ticket counter. The rosy purple plastered and carpeted foyer gives access to the various lounge and toilet rooms and is furnished in modern manner.

The auditorium is virtually devoid of ornamentation except for the accent of the Haired front wall framing the stage draperies. Typical of many of the works of Jay 1. English, this feature gives lift and dramatic width to the stage opening.

The manner in which the exit doors are painted into the dado is also worthy of note. All lighting throughout the theatre is by means of down-lites that have been mounted flush with the ceilings.


OWNER & OPERATOR: Odeon Theatres (Canada), Ltd.


SIZE OF LOT: 92' x 228'. ACOUSTICAL MATERIAL: Acoustic plaster and fibre glass.

AIR CONDITIONING: by Air Conditioning Engineering.

CARPETS: by Toronto Carpet Co. CHAIRS: by Interiro Hardware Co.

8HANGEOVERS: by Wenzel Projector o.

COINCHANGER: Johnson Lightning Cashier, by Johnson Fare Box Go.

CURTAIN CONTROLS & TRACK: by Automatic Devices Co.

DECORATOR: Crawford Painting & Decorating Co.

GENERATORS: matic Devices Co.

PROJECTION LAMPS: by C. S. Ashcraft Mfg. Corp.

PROJECTION MACHINES: by Century Projector Corp.

REWINDERS: by Wenzel Projector Co.

SIGN & MARQUEE: by Neon Products of Western Canada, Ltd.

SIGN LETTERS: by Adler Silhouette Letter Co.

SOUND: by Gaumont-Kalee, Ltd.

TICKET ISSUING MACHINE: by General Register Corp.

WALL FABRICS: by Woodwards, Ltd.

Stabilarc, by Auto

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 119