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1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 170 (159)

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition
1948-49 Theatre Catalog
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 170
Page 170

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 170

quire as accurate regulation as the auditorium, it is good engineering to put the lobby portion of the house on a separate air-cooling zone.

Upon investigatlon it Will very frequently be discovered that air-conditioning gear in the lobby, if any, is undersize or does not do the job for which it is intended. The economical answer to this is the unit air-conditioner, which may be had in one and one-half tons to seven tons capacities. The equipment will show a great saving in duct work. In many instances, it may be put into the lobby without ducts of any kind.

It is not necessary to concern onels self unduly with the relative humidity and dry-bulb temperature of the lobby, since patrons do not remain here for long, except during holdouts. In this last event, they will be standing. A dry-bulb temperature of from 12 to 15 degrees will be quite satisfactory. Persons standing or moving about are not as susceptible to drafts and temperature differences as those who are seated.

The Perforaied Ma'l'

If carpeting is used for floor covering, space must be reserved for at least four feet of rubber matting or asphalt or rubber tile immediately inside the entrance doors. This will help to remove some of the dirt and water from the shoes of patrons before they walk onto the carpeted area.

The perforated rubber mat does this job as well or better than any other type of mat. It is more expensive, though, insofar as daily upkeep goes. Rubber mats should be laid in sections small enough to be handled easily, no larger than four-by-five feet. These sections should be separated by metal strips set flush with the tops of the mats and against the concrete floor. Thickness should be from three-eighths to one-half of an inch. Also, it is well to remember that entrance floor material must be laid flush with the top of the adjoining carpet.

Storage Space

The more extensive lobby remodeling job should include provisions for a storage space for sign letters and for rubber runner mats, used to protect carpeting during bad weather. Generally, with a little foresight, such a space may be blocked out in the vicinity of the front entrance. The cost of setting it up will pay for itself many times over in labor and maintenance savings.

Summing up for the lobby, the alteration should furnish a well-lighted, attractivelyedecorated interior that may be seen from the street through entrance doors. It should provide for the control of crowds and for their comfort while standing in line or passing through to the street or to the auditorium.


Adequate Facilities a "Musf"

The most characteristic privation of the older facilities is cramped space, this in face of the fact that building codes now set minimum requirements for toilet fixtures. It is advisable, inci 1748-49 THEATRE CATALOG

Oddly enough, one of the most significant changes in theatre business outlook in recent years has been shown in regard to the set-up of toilets and retiring roomsea factor vitally important to box office success. In old-time houses, these special facilities were puttin, more or less, on the construction set principle, wherever they happened to fit into the final pattern.

Sometimes they were located in the cellar; sometimes in a corner. That is why the ingenuity of remodelers is taxed today. The problem is how to bring these tucked-away facilities up to modern standards of aesthetics and of sanitation. The public, especially the feminine contingent, wants superlatively comfortable, meticulously-kept rest rooms.

dentally, to go beyond the law, and to add one extra water closet to the ladies room and one extra urinal to the menis.

At least two lavatories should be put in each toilet. These would be increased in accordance with the theatres seating capacity. Division stalls may be of marble, slate, or metal, finished in either porcelain enamel or baked-on-enamel. In order to prevent denting by mops and rusting, a stainless steel channel should be secured to the bottom edges of metal stalls.

Ceramic Tile

Floors and walls, of course, should be covered with an impervious material. For this, no better material has ever been discovered than ceramic tile, with the glazed-finish type for walls and the unglazed for iioors.

Owing perhaps to price, limitation of wall tile to wainscot or toilet stall height has been a time-honored custom. This is impractical on grounds that maintenance of plaster surfaces is in the long run more costly than the installation of tile from floor to ceiling, and, further, in the ceiling itself. Plaster surfaces demand constant scrubbing and painting. Tile is more sanitary.

A new type of adhesive enables new tile to be laid on old. By employing a bullnose at the top of an existing wainscot, the tile may be continued to the ceiling.

Provided water pressure is adequate, hush valve water closets are recommended over tank types. Seats should be of the coverless, open-front types. If the budget will stand it, the walls hung water closet is best for the reason that it is more easily cleaned. This fixture, in conjunction with a hanging toilet stall, gives an unimpeded floor space for mopping.

Opinions differ in regard to the type of urinal which should be put in. Some operators prefer the wallehung type, and others the floor type. The argument is useless, as both types call for constant sanitary upkeep in order not to become offensive. If the door type is used, the door should be sloped slightly toward the urinal. This would obviate the need for a floor drain. In all cases, a floor drain should be provided in the ladies,


Lavatories with integral compartments for liquid soap are now available, and are recommended. Or a lavatory may be ordered with a cut-out section for the insertion of a metal or glass container of liquid soap. In either case, they are equipped with a plunger atop the lavatory for dispensing soap. Lavatories should be equipped with selfclosing faucets to prevent flooding due to stoppages and water waste.

LOBBY OF THE PISMO. Pismo, California. is smart and modem. This 750 seat theatre owned by Hardy and Chamberlin was entrusted to Architect Vincent G. Haney who accomplished some unusual results. Lighting and the use of modern materials play a large part in the decorative scheme carried out in greens and browns. The carpet is a Kamgheusian Wilton known as "Nightblooming Cerius."
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