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1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 171 (160)

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition
1948-49 Theatre Catalog
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 171
Page 171

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 171

THE MODERN TOILET ROOM should reflect the ultimate in luxury rather than the minimum in accommodations. Tile to the ceiling, tile or terrazzo lloors and modem colored lixiures in the Community, Hudson. New York. provide a patron-pleasing elegance. Ladies' lounge in Skouxas Theatres newly remodeled State, Jersey City. New Iersey. carries out the modem trend with exceptional patron iacilities.

Floods Will Occur

If the toilet rooms are situated over a finished interior of any kind, membrane waterproofing is mandatory. It must be installed under the fill for the entire area of the tile iioor, and turned up in the walls for at least 12 inches. Sooner or later, a flood is sure to occur in the rooms. Membrane waterproofing will pay for itself many times over during an experience of this kind.

A new electric hand dryer, more efficient apparently than the older one, is being installed in better-class houses. The old dryer, following its installation, oftentimes was promptly taken out. The dryer, of course, does away with expensive, mussy paper towels. Provisions should be made during rest room alterations for electric outlets to service this equipment. Either the wall type or a pedestal type, for the central area of the toilet room, may be had.

Importance of Lighting

A well-lighted toilet room will do more to gain the favor of the clientele and to keep these areas clean and sanitary than any other means that might be adopted, not excluding an attendant on constant duty.

The area outside the stalls should be lit with an intensity of at least 35 footcandles at the iioor. Probably the most efficient types of lighting to this end are flush fluorescent trot'fers, with the twotube kind outside and the three or fourtube models over the stalls.

That the stalls themselves should be brilliantly lighted is not merely theoretical. It is being proved in practice. Wherever this theory is at work, the difference in the tidiness of the stalls is truly remarkable. It not only causes porters to clean more thoroughly, but, more important, affects the condition in which the stalls are left by patrons.

For Privacy's Sake

For privacy, and to preclude disturbances, it is imperative, naturally, to provide some sort of ante-room or vestibule for menls and ladies toilets. Entrances should be separated or shielded from one another.

If the rooms adjoin each other, separation of the entrances, after a little consideration of the plan, is not difficult. Adjoining rooms, incidentally, result in the least expensive piping layout. In the average non-metropolitan community, there is no particular advantage to be gained by setting up a large smoking and retiring room with the menis toilet. In fact, more often than not, such an accommodation is abused and an unnecessary expense. Our recommendation is that a well-lighted, medium-size vestibule be provided. The floors and walls of this room should be of tile. With the exception of sand urns, the place should be Without furniture.

For the ladies, however, it is a different story. Here a room of comfortable proportions, with dressing tables or shelves, mirrors, chairs, and tables, is virtually a necessity. The wall covering of this room, note well, will be subjected to the worst abuse of any throughout the theatre.

A material from which lipstick and other marks may be readily effaced must be chosen. On the market are many

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 171