> > > >

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 263 (252)

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition
1948-49 Theatre Catalog
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 263
Page 263

Drive-ins Mentioned

Crescent Drive-In, Danville, VA

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 263

additional width and 50 feet in additional depth. Thus, it will be observed that the site selected should be as nearly square as possible. Drive-In Theatres, however, have been successfully built on irregular shaped tracts of land and a prospective irregularly shaped site should not be discarded until a scale layout has been made.

4. Heavy drainage, grading and ramp construction costs make a plot of land with widely varied elevations most undesirable. Gentle slopes are generally desirable, since they facilitate drainage.

5. Easy access to three-phase electric power is important and if city water and sewer connections are adjacent to the lot, the cost of wells and cesspools can be avoided.

6. Before the lot is purchased, by all means check with local zoning boards and traffic control authorities to make certain that a Drive-In will be permitted on the site selected."

Essentially, each drive-in site is a law unto itself and in its requirements differs from every other site. Consequently, there is no such animal as a stock plan which will cover all past, present and future drive-in theatres. In addition, experienced engineers know that most of the chief difficulties existing in drive-in construction were the unhappy by-products of incorrect design of the viewing area.

The ills that plague drive-ins are legion. In a number of localities, poor drainage layout makes parking virtually impossible after every heavy rain becauSe of residual water or viscous mud. Even more serious are the impediments

to clear vision. In many open-air theatres, the screen is either too small or too large for the ground area it serves. In some others, it is impossible for all rearseat customers to get a full View of the projected picture. Patrons unfortunate enough to be parked at the end of ramps in some locations see a pronounced "keystone effect" when viewing the picture because the designer, whose zeal for cash customers temporarily submerged his better judgment, planned the theatre with too great an angle from the center line. While this grotesque optical illusion may enhance a program of slapstick comedy, it is almost certain to discourage the return of those conventional patrons who insist upon projection of the very finest quality.

Poor design can be costly. Many owners of drive-in theatres have found that their drainage and construction costs were greatly in excess of the original estimates because the theatre area was not laid out in proper relationship to the topography of the site. There are also a large number of drive-ins that cause heavy traffic tie-ups because the operator failed to provide for proper entrance and exit drives and adequate parking or holding areas. This lack of foresight will not endear the operator to the state highway department and it is easily possible that he might be forced to do some fancy and expensive revamping of his heavy traffic areas if the high BELOW is the ramp. grading, and wiring plan drawn to: the Crescent in Danville. Va. Scale is 1 inch to forty feet and most of the necessary rules which the engineers considered conducive to successful drive-in operation are here indicated. 'C'ar' accommodations number 620.

way guardians think it necessary for safety.

If these and other mistakes are to be avoidedeand they can be, as the Danville theatre proves#the owner must be conversant with the fundamental requirements of his chosen location. In this respect as in others, the history of the Danville drive-in is a beautiful illustration of intelligent planning in action.

Getting off to a Hying start, the owner employed a local surveyor to make a thorough topographical survey of ,the entire area, showing roads and existing grades, types of soil, unusual obstructions and other information pertinent to the design of the theatre, particularly with respect to drainage problems. At the same time, ground borings were made to determine the proper depth for screen tower foundations since it was necessary to give the tower sufficient stability to withstand the average wind velocity around Danville.

The completed topographic-a1 survey was delivered to Motiograph who then made a layout of a theatre of the desired size. This layout gave all the necessary information on drainage, grading and ramp construction, location of the screen tower, projection building, ticket booth, concession stand, parking area, roads, in-car speakers, junction boxes, wiring, and the many other items which enter into drive-in theatre construction.

Standard procedure before construction is started is to check the layout carefully with state, county, or city traffic authorities since they may insist on specifying the location and dimen ,\. '7': "i rm}: new; .4. vied lpr'iivnvgtr' 6am . 53v Mag/wish r .011; dawn 6;] . For wnsvaarzpn ,5 dame; Marmara;


)5 5m?) (WW4; By ' avugsmaitght. .

.9 (mt 5/5 a Mile 2 oar 5 .51 g xcavamm and M21: dame, : pro; 27,900 ea. rm. own-archer: 3-. *mgmam (m. cv/wrr . r ya. Wow-314' Gm crown on all (new). : , s.Pr:;;ga vtrfitai mrrrawrg/r raw ,

ltterifar' famine/w Mow)! ore 620. ,H Fiery/snag: my nraw m bani m , > MI war 5: AIInFsms. 1; Wang. Md Paw. cab/v zgguf Mawn * gaze/tron 4 (ex. Janna "m; 0,;e , ,r rug . sandy an Par/mu; ebb/pawl! t arr/u Maw/6' Mr bx para m 74am: ' "cue/mg 41940:... L > w away: M can Add rm aligns is New mam rip prav'nv- trw/op

mmawww ' 5 in: an m

fawn. r s 4020'



1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 263