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1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 245 (234)

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition
1948-49 Theatre Catalog
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 245
Page 245

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 245


ln-Car Speakers

It is a big job, shutting up shop under the starsaone that starts from three to four weeks before the actual shutdown. In-car speakers, for instance, are taken up and stored, one by one, until by closing day the manager is on the homestretch of this strenuous undertaking. Sometimes a little foresight makes the work easier. Bernstein saves all the cartons in which the manufacturers packed his speakers and junction boxes and repacks them in their original containers.

The cable ends of the dismantled speakers should be covered with tape to preserve during the last few weeks of operation adequate sound volume in those that are left standing. The speaker poles themselves may be either capped or covered with heavy felt tarpaper, held in place by wire. The former, requiring the removal of the flange which holds the junction box in place, is probably the more expensive practice of the two.

Beware of Floods

Speakers and junction boxes may be piled up for the winter on the counters of the concession stand, a dry enough place ordinarily. But in regions where hoods have been known to occur, this equipment should be stored in a safer and drier place.

Proiection Equipment

The same precaution, of course, applies to projection and sound heads. In addition, these should be well oiled and greased in preparation for their period of inactivity. As for projection lamps, they may be left set up, but require suitable protection. Most projectionists know how to deal with this problem.

In order to prevent dirt from seeping into. lamp housings and the projection booth, all lamp exhaust vents should be taken down and holes plugged. It is im perative that projection lenses be carefully packed and advisable that they be locked up in the ofiice safe.

Bernstein specifies as a condition of his shutting down an ozoner, the summoning of a sound engineer, who may suggest additional precautions in the storage of booth and sound equipment. For example, to eliminate the possibility of the booths being broken into during the winter, all booth shutters should be securely closed; and, to minimize damage from weather, the projection room should be cleared of all equipment sensitive to cold and moisture.

Anti-Freeze Imperative

Care of water services entails the disconnection and drainage of all lines, and the pouring of anti-freeze into all water traps. Further, sewer trenches and drainage ditches should be cleaned up before the theatre is considered properly closed for the season.

Concession Equipment

At the concession stand, such holdover equipment as freezers and coldstorage boxes should be insulated with a lubricating agent, possibly vaseline. In order to permit air to circulate freely about them, they must not be wrapped up or covered, however. Such items as coifee urns, griddles, and hot boxes must be stored in a place where a more or less even temperature is maintained throughout the winter.

Burglary Insurance

To thwart those who picked up unauthorized keys while the drive-in was still open, additional padlocks should be hung on all doors. Glass preservation is also a problem. Bernstein suggests that a carpenter be hired to cover glass at the boxoifice, storeroom, concession stand, and office so that the possibility of weather and theft breakage can be kept at a minimum. .

THE BERNSTEIN METHOD of barricadinq drive-in entrances below. uses two types of blocking. chain and wire. At the top. left. may be seen the dismantling of an in-car speaker from the junction post. Speakers are then stacked prior to being conditioned, wrapped. and stored. Tops 0! iunction posts are covered with heavy paper to withstand the weather and keep out rain or snow. An over-all View of the wrapped posts amid a blanket of snow can be seen in the last photo.

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 245