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1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 129 (118)

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition
1948-49 Theatre Catalog
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 129
Page 129

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 129

The Old Trail

Columbus, Ohio

The exterior of this l300-seat suburban house is of white painted brick with interest spots of stylized Chinese design motifs. The facade is characterized principally by a huge pylon and the mass of unbroken area of the front. Accentuating the weight of this mass is a four-by-four foot idol niche, backed in handsome Wang Pu red structural glass, highlighted by white oriental grill work. On the ceiling of the marquee, 317 incandescent lights carry out a Chinese design,

connected by red and gold painted lines and neon.

The marquee abutts the pylon on one end; and is supported by the boxol'fice on the other. Eight birch' Vslab doors, centered with three equal square cut-outs of glass, distinguish the entrance into the lobby. Recessing of these doors beyond the line of the front of the building achieves an inviting appearance and provides for a spacious ingress area.

The sidewalls and ceiling of the entrance lobby are of sand color, offset by a painted circular oriental design, emphasized by neon, on the ceiling. The nagstone fioor of the lobby, of Vermont slate, gives a warm and distinctive overall effect, suggestive of a temple garden walk.

In the standee space and the main auditorium, the attention of the theatre patron is drawn to the strong Chinese colors so artfully blended in the design motif. The ceiling has a Chinese red field extending from the proscenium to the standee space. This center field is further complemented by a surrounding teninch wide gold stripe, a wide band of sprout green, and a surrounding field of clear jade green which extends down the sideWalls on either side of the proscenium. The ceiling area near the proscenium is featured by huge cloud-like designs of sand color. The vivid coloring 0n the rough acoustical plaster ceiling finish gives the effect of a giant Oriental rug.

The Old Trail Theatre is unique in its air conditioning system. It was the first theatre in the Middle West to be equipped with a Glycol Vaporizer which is fully described in this edition of THEATRE CATALOG.

THE LOBBY (top) is highlighted by gilded wooden Chinese grill work superimposed on a carmen red leatherette background. Chinese motif is subtly carried into the auditorium. Iade green spun glass tabric covers the sidewalls. The proscenium is in Chinese red with a base oi rich Ming purple. The curtain is brilliant gold.

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 129