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1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 176 (165)

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition
1948-49 Theatre Catalog
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 176
Page 176

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 176

ly than replacing the supply and return lines under the floor slab, if these are found to be in bad condition.

If a new air-conditioning system is being installed at the time of the remodeling, this would be taken into consideration in the change, but it might also be indicated if mechanical ventilation is already installed or contemplated. Since an indirect heating system will necessarily depend on a blower for circulation of the heated air, it will be necessary, if such a change is made, to still retain the direct radiation in the front part of the house, including the toilet rooms, and projection booth, and any commercial portion of the building.

Elimination of Radiators

The installation of a booster heating coil and blower to blow heated air across the front entrance doors is recommended in every case. Such a change will permit the discarding of large unsightly cast iron radiators in this location, and will do a much better job of eliminating cold drafts in the lobby and at the rear rows of seats.

As previously mentioned, the replacing of old type cast iron radiation by the new convector or fin type, will be the means of saving space which will be welcomed in many instances, and will also make a definite improvement in the general appearance of the space in which the change is made.


The rules governing correct installation of the air conditioning system. have already been discussed at great length in this and previous editions of THEATRE CATALOG. However, because of the complex nature of the equipment and its special requirements, additional data on specific component parts is given here to enable the theatre owner or operator to get the most efficient operation from his system and to bypass mechanical breakdowns.


Difficulties may be expected in the installation of the ducts for the air circulation. If trusses have been used in the roof construction, then the problem is greatly simplified, as there will be ample space over the auditorium ceiling to run the larger ducts.

Before the work of installing the ducts over this ceiling is begun, the workmen should be cautioned and impressed with the fact that utmost care must be exercised, so as not to damage the ceiling in any way. They should be required to install temporary plank walk vays to all portions of this space that will be occupied by their work, and the operation should be inspected frequently during the installation, and given a final thorough inspection at the finish. to be sure that no plaster bond has been broken, and that no hanging supports have been out without proper replacement or reinforcing.


THE DON, Shreveport, Louisiana, presents a well

designed auditorium containing 1195 Heywood Wcrkeh'eld chairs installed by Delta Theatre Supply Company. Owned by Don George, the architect was Nield Somdol, under whose direction a modern air conditioning system was installed. Oi particv ular interest is the manner in which lcrlse walls containing the air and light ducts follow the viewing angle alter providing side aisles until the legal limit of seven chairs is reached.

Attention should also be called to the fact, that in some instances the damage will be very hard to detect from above as well as from the orchestra or balcony, and the plaster ceiling, especially if it has heavy ornamentation, may have become a menace, and portions of it may be liable to fall at some future time

during a period of prolonged vibration either from sound effects of the picture, or from vibrations caused by heavy trucks, street cars, or many other agents.

Before the contract is given out for this portion of the work, be sure that the contract price includes the necessary

CEILING AIR DIFFUSERS carry a plentiful supply of conditioned air to every seat oi the big one-floor 2000 seal Yorktown. Cleveland. Ohio. Designed by George Ebeling, owned by the Vermes Brothers. and decorated by Novelty Scenic Studios. this new theatre offers many new ideas to the prospective remodeler. Black lighted murals at either side of the stage opening, alternating plain and ornamental plush woll labric panels. and tastefully arranged stage draperies were part of the Novelty scheme.
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 176