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1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 269 (258)

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition
1948-49 Theatre Catalog
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 269
Page 269

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 269

stand and the rest rooms in one structure at the population center of the theatre several ramps in back of the projection booth. The projection booth is located on the fourth, fifth or sixth ramp depending on size of the screen.

The Ticket Booth and Tratfic

The ticket booth or booths should be located far enough from the highway to allow storage of from 100 to 200 cars ahead of the booth. This is to prevent backup of cars on the highway with the resultant irritation of local and state traffic authorities. In heavily populated areas it is often necessary, in addition, to provide parking lots of from 200 to 500 car capacity, so that patrons may wait for the change of show when the theatre is filled. This lot should be so located that cars can easily be driven into it from the entrance drive and out of it to the ticket booth. It should also have an tiescape" drive so that a patron can leave should he tire of waiting. This is the reverse of indoor practice where the wait comes after the purchase of a

ticket;-but is considered good business in drive-ins.

Electrical Installation

No mention has been made of the electrical installation, but it is a large one. The projectors and projector lamps must be the largest and most powerful manufactured and the equipment in the concession booth also draws a heavy load. Driveways and walkways must be illuminated and the ramps must be identified by lighted numbers. In-car speakers must be connected by a cable sunk in the ground. A number of eastern theatres are lighted from a 100 f00t pole, located at the rear and equipped with a battery of vari-colored hoods. These bathe the whole theatre in a soft glow while the pictures are being shown; soft enough to prevent interference, but bright enough to allow safe walking. Be tween pictures, the floods are brought up much brighter.

Landscaping is essential. The theatres are very bleak and bare without it. Landscaped areas are suggested on every Park-In plan (Fig. 5). The actual selec-' tion of materials is left to the local

owners. Local, native materials are inexpensive and have the advantage of producing luxuriance, the secret of all good landscapes.

Chief Problems Engineering Ones

It is seen from the above that most of the problems in actually constructing a drive-in theatre are engineering ones. One of the most critical of these is the grading problem, where proper design can mean the difference between a modest cost and a staggering one. To illuse trate this, just one inch error in elevation over the area of a seven or eight hundred car theatre, throws estimated earthwork out 1,000 cubic yards. This is because of the tremendous size of the theatre,

The tisighti, problem, that of providing adequate visibility, is a most important engineering one; as are also the design of screen, projection and concession booths, electrical lay-out, entrance and exit drives, parking areas, etc. The entrance, exit and parking facilities call for a high degree of traffic engineering.


DRAWN by the inimitable ANGELO and reproduced through the courtesy of the Chicago Sun-Times Syndicate. this cartoon was tea. lured in many daily papers such as The Philadelphia lnquirer, and others of similar prominence. It is indicative of the public attention that drive-ins have acquired through the years.

"Two in [be Balcony, p/eme!"

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 269