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1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 268 (257)

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition
1948-49 Theatre Catalog
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 268
Page 268

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 268

The Screen

Screens vary in size from 35 x 45 feet to 53 x 72 feet, and in shape from vertical fiat to sloped-concave. The slopedconcave screen (Fig. 3) is a recent invention of Park-In Theatres, upon which application for patent has been made. Three of these screens have been erected in New Jersey and one at Miami, Florida. All were designed by Park-Ins Engineering Department, the one at Miami being guaranteed to withstand a wind velocity of 135 mi. per hour.

The advantages of the sloped-concave screen are the reduction of distortion and a better return of light to the theatre, resulting in a brighter picture. The latter is particularly important in drivein theatres where due to length of throw and amount of screen area, the standard of screen lighting cannot approach that of the indoor theatre.

Distortion is reduCed because all points on the screen are much more nearly equidistant from the projector

(FIG. 3.) Future periodic repainting and reconditioning of the screen can be greatly facilitated through the use of a built-in catwalk and monorail trom which rope platforms can be dropped by block and tackle or other pulley arrangements.

lens than in the conventional screen. This eliminates unnatural elongation at the center of the theatre, and greatly reduces it at the sides.

The screens are so large that they constitute a structural problem of the first magnitude. The top of a large screen is approximately 75 feet off the ground.

We believe the most economical approach requries separating this screen problem from others by keeping all other buildings as separate structures. This also allows their location in the most advantageous places.

Following this plan the screen can become similar to a glorified signboard; but one with sleek and modern lines. We believe in keeping it as simple as possible and merging it with the ground by proper landscape planting. These structures are imposing whether of the vertical, the sloped or the sloped-concave (ll-sign.


(FIG. 4.) View of same large theatre from the top of the screen tower. Note the 100 foot Headlight tower in the rear and the separate concession stand facing the screen so patrons can look while eating.

Concession-Proiection Buildings

The structural problem of the concession and projection buildings is to occupy as little height as possible. Too high a structure spoils parking in too many ramps to the rear of the structure. This dictates that these buildings be built with as thin roofs as consistent with safety, so as to make available as much working height as possible on the inside. The roof elevation should conform

to the sightlines of the ramp immediately behind it, and should be carefully engineered.

It was originally the practice to place the projection booth, the concession stand and the rest rooms in one building. First the concession stand was separated (Fig. 4) moving it to one side or in back of the projection booth. More up to date practice places the concession

(FIG. 5.) Landscaping at this northern New Iersey theatre won a "roadside improvement" prize offered by the State Highway Department and the Garden Clubs 01 the State. Such attention to the desrres of neighboring communities is sure to produce healthy results and enthusiastic friends tor the owner.
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 268