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1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 246 (235)

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition
1948-49 Theatre Catalog
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 246
Page 246

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 246

1948-49 THEATRE


And so that no amount of hammering on the entrance of the dark theatre will let anyone through, all entrances should be shored up with a barricade at least six feet high. Confronted by an obstacle as high as that, any motorist hoping to get his car into the deserted theatre will become discouraged and drive off.

Lights and Other Gear

Spotlights and floodlights will have to be packed away. It is advisable, hovever, to leave neon and other lamps in their receptacles. This will prevent corrosion of the sockets. Other items that will have to be cached away, more than likely in the concession stand, include ticket machines, of'lice equipment, lawnmowers, cleaning gear, paper, and so on. Should it prove unfeasible to store them in the refreshment stand, a place might be found in a nearby city where everything could be stored together-a distinct advantage.

Weekly Inspection

About ten days before the shutdown, the utility companies will have to be notified since it often takes that long to get telephone and light services disconnected. As a final step in preventive maintenance, arrangements should be made with someone to go over the property at least once a week during the winter months.

The Grand Re-Opening

When Spring and ideal drive-in weather return, operators who have properly carried out these precautionary measures and others applicable to specific locations will be able to resume business with a minimum of replacements. In the work period prior to actual showings, publicity-minded operators can lure customers by setting up attraction boards to keep passing motorists posted on the grand re-opening. This deadline can be met easily by following Bernsteinis sound advice.


These are the views and suggestions of the men who are actually on the Hfiring line." We fully expect that as the various manufacturers of d r i v e - i n equipment and supplies become cognizant of the special seasonal problems of the majority of drive-in owners, more specialized advice like Hertnefs will be forthcoming. However, experience will probably always be the best teacher, and we donit expect to see drive-in theatres prove any exception to this rule.

VALUABLE EQUIPMENT, such as that in projec. tion booth, can be given special care a la Bernstein. At the top, leit, can be seen the interior of a booth showing lamp house, base, sound head. and lower magazine, all thoroughly coated with petroleum jelly and leit intact. Projection heads and carbon burner have been removed with lens and condenser to dry storage. Portholes of the proiection booth may be seen being tightly sealed in the second photo. Thirdly. water has been turned off and all pipes are being thoroughly drained. Even minor items oi equipment. such as compressed air door closers. are dismantled and greased during the winter. At the top. right, all metal parts 01 the concession stand are thorouhqu coated with grease. They will then be covered with several layers at newspaper. 'Windows. signs, and all damagable parts are caretully protected. The next photo shows the boarding-up oi the windows in the cashier's boxes. Display and name signs are also protected with heavy boarding. The last photo shows the removal oi changeable silhouette letters prior to their being stored away until the drive-in reopens its doors to the public.
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 246