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1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 172 (161)

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition
1948-49 Theatre Catalog
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 172
Page 172

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 172

such products. They employ plastic finishes to simulate fabrics, wood, and marble. These should be carefully looked into for absorption qualities and for resistance to fire and cigarette burns.

Disappearing Obied's

Ash trays and art objects, in short, all decorative pieces must be bolted securely to their resting places, or they will disappear quickly. Even table lamps have got to be bolted down or out they will go. Without these precautions, the decorations remain an insurance hazard.


First, it is recommended that windows, always an annoyance, be done away with, and the openings be filled with masonry.

Following this, a mechanical ventilation system should be installed that will change the air in the area once every two minutes, at least. The only exception to mechanical ventilation would be the insertion of grilles in the doors between the theatre proper and the toilet space. Exhaust fans might draw through these grilles conditioned air from the theatre, and thus provide aircooled conditions in the toilet rooms at all times.

Since it is necessary to exhaust some air from the theatre while fresh air is being drawn into the house, the grille arrangement would not impose a heavier-than-normal load on the air-conditioning equipment.


The theatreman will'hare to yield more points to the designer in the auditorium than anywhcro else. For reasons that are obvious, auditorium rehabilitation will involve the heavicst expenditure and the most drastic changes.

Richcty chairs will bow to superlativcly comfortable modern chairs; ancient floors to new doors; 29-inch row spaces to 34-inch spaces (with the loss of a possible 100 seats); music-hall boxes to no boxes at all; busin ornamented walls to suavc, acoustically-treated ones, and so forth. The designer might coon find it nice to round out the job with a now ceiling.

Professional rctnodclcrs invariably brat'lcct auditorium orcrhaul with "our scaling and sight limes in the firm conviction, that thcsv twin factors of lhcatrc comfort iiuiill itiilhout any doubt producv the greatest rcturn on the investment of any single improtfcnwnt that might be ntmlc in a thcatrc rcmotlcling job."7

llcrc then, is an exhaustive analysis of all the things that can be done to make the heart of the house (i bcttcr place in which to relax. It} up to tho individual Ihcatrcman to tlccidc how much. he can incorporate for thc figure that ho has in mind. h


IN ANOTHER VIEW of Skouras Theatres newly remodeled State, Jersey City. New Jersey, can be noted the manner in which modern lubrics can be used to conceal heavy pilasters and outmoded plaster ornamentation without structural changes. At Bob Lippert's Esquire, Fresno. California, .sorne of the plaster ornamentation was retained, and actually played up with eHecl through modern lighting.
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 172