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1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 150 (139)

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition
1948-49 Theatre Catalog
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 150
Page 150

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 150

1948; and the Capitola was opened on August 6, 1948efour months and one week after building restrictions were removed.

The long period of research paid off in lowered construction and equipment costs, a true economy come by honestly without any compromise with patron comfort or enjoyment. Cost of the building, not including equipment was $51,372.89; while the equipment itself, not including air conditioning, totaled $17,000.

Materials of construction included: basalt concrete building block, brick, reinforced concrete and steel, and the laminated arch. In selecting the laminated arch for the support of the auditorium roof, Mayer and Jacobs not only provided a wooden skeleton with the strength of a structural steel framework for the building but also gave it one of its most distinctive features. Fabricated and installed by Timber Structures, Inc., the glued laminated arch was no newcomer to architecture but its utilization in moving picture theatre construction first received serious consideration in the

fourth annual edition (1945-1946) of THEATRE CATALOG.

It was this treatise on the advantages of the laminated arch for use in theatre construction, according to .Mr. Mayer, that played a dominant part in its selection for the Capitola. Its strength, beauty and low cost made it the ideal material, and the curved ceiling erected over the semi-cylindrical framework pro



duced a decided acoustical advantage. No special acoustical materials were required because of the use of air chamber basalt blocks for the sidewalls of the auditorium, U. S. Gypsum wall board tile for the ceiling, and, finally, because of the obvious acoustical properties of a semi-cylindrical hall, the laminated arch.

In the Capitola Theatre, the glued laminated arches were left in their natural color, varnished and exposed below the ceiling. With a radius of 24 feet, the apex of the arch attains an approximate height of 27 feet. The span at the base is 48 feet, a width which allows satisfactory space for both seats and aisles. Five arches placed on 16 foot centers make up the roof support; and 2" and 8" purlines connecting the arches form the frame work for the roof sheathing and ceiling. The ceiling itself is made of U. S. Gypsum board in 16H x 32" tiles applied to battens. Set in parallels, the surfaced tiles required no additional finish.

DIRECTLY BELOW is the architect's floor plan at the Capitola Theatre. On the right-- 1. The ground is broken and footings poured. Note that the masonry walls serve as forms tor reiniorced concrete posts. 2. The use at 6" building tile over the 8" concrete block provided tire-resistant walls and substantially reduced insurance premiums. This important structural element is not visible to the public. 3. Framing tor the concrete beam be tween layer and auditorium. Basalt concrete building blocks provide an air-chambered wall which requires no additional plastering inside or out. 4. The walls take form. At this stage of construction, considerable thought and work had been devoted to the Capitola.

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1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 150