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1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 127 (116)

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition
1948-49 Theatre Catalog
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 127
Page 127

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 127




MATERIALS used in the iron! have high reileclive qualities. Glass is extensively used. with black Vitrolite lile and armor-plate glass door panels. Display frames are oi anodized aluminum and the lobby floor is polished terrazzo.

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The Odeon

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Victoria, capital of the Province and an important Pacific coast port, is located on Vancouver Island and has a drawing population of 75,000. From a theatre standpoint, it must cater to one of Canadais most unusual publics. An important section of the population is English, living in retirement. But in recent years it has become a winter and summer resort district drawing most of its visitors from the United States. In addition to its position as a government seat and naval base, it is the center of an area which is becoming increasingly industrialized with further population shifts in prospect. As a result of all this, there has developed two important theatre-going groups with diametrically opposite tastes in film-fare; but all agreeing on the need for modern patron comforts.

In the design of this new Odeon, an important consideration was the use of lighting for display and advertising purposes.

Located in the central business district,



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due to the circumstances of the site, its main street frontage was restricted to 30 feet, from which an exceptionally long lobby and foyer leads to the 80 feet wide by 115 feet deep auditorium. To give the front an effect of greater width, a concave facade, fluted and specially designed for floodlighting, was used. Great under-marquee and outer lobby brilliance, starts the first of a series of gracefully curved entrance rooms which smartly cut dOWn the effect of great length. At the auditorium end a high ceiling dome and grand staircase also tend to dwarf by contrast the entrance walk.

The auditorium is richly comfortable, depending on architectural planes and cove lighting for its decorative treatment. Aisles are thickly. carpeted, extra leg room exists between the over-upholstered seats, acoustics are good, and year-round air conditioning is automatically controlled.

Construction standards were high, and most equipment, is of British manufacture.

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 127