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1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 271 (260)

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition
1948-49 Theatre Catalog
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 271
Page 271

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 271

FLOODLIGHTING PLAN for the model Drive-in Theatre. Union, New Iersey, shows the schedule of Hoodlights as follows: (A) For the parking. entrance and exit areas, ten G. E. Type L-43 floods, new superseded by Type L-83, with plain clear door glass and 1000 watt general lighting lamps; (B) For the intermission lighting. three iloods, same as above: (C) For the moonlight area. two iloods, same as above. exoept for socket arranged for 500 watt daylight lamp and complete with plain green door glass. and (D) Two Hoods same as above, except with plain amber door glass and with 800 watt general lighting lamps. This schedule has resulted in a satislactory degree oi lighting that contributes much toward safety.


It may be difficult from the enclosed pictures for one to see the benefits from the light tower. This tower has two main objectives. It gives sufficient light for the patrons to see their way around

the theatre when they first enter, and .

there have been many people who have been afraid to drive into a drive-in theatre because of the darkness. Furthermore, it encourages the family type of patron.

This is the first tower of its kind ever

to be erected at a drive-in, and was worked out with the General Electric Company.

After installation, the first trial proved that light in any intensity could not be used, since it interfered with the patrons enjoyment of the pictures. Then came a series of experiments with red, blue, green, and amber doors on the floodlights, and with lamps of various wattages and types.

In one of the experimental arrange THE "STANDEE AREA" can be effectively flooded with white light at the same time the man-made moonlight illurnines the auditorium area. The IUD-foot pole. left background. though apparently quite a distance away. gives a sufficient degree of illumination for this waiting area so that cars can safely be operated without lights. Fixtures for both types oi illumination are mounted on the same pole.

ments (See photographssEd.) it will be noticed that there are four fioodlights which shine down on the theatre proper. The lights on the extremities of this bar, the two outside lights, have amber lenses with SOD-watt GE lamps. The two center lights have green lenses with 500-watt daylight bulbs. The six floodlights on the opposite side of the pole are used merely for lighting of a parking or storage area behind the theatre, and have no connection with the theatre lighting itself.

The materials which were required for this installation are as follows: one 100foot floodlight pole; four 20x45 socket adaptors; two green lenses; two amber lenses; four lioodlights (Type L-43), without lenses; two SOD-watt daylight lamps (for green lenses), and two 300watt general service clear lamps (for amber lenses).

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The final arrangement is shown in the diagram. The four sets of lights are described below. (It should be noted that the reflector has an etched finish, selected because of the wider beam of light that is thrown.)

'The floodlights use 1,000-watt general service lamps, and light the reserve parking area and the adjoining roadway. These Hoodlights are lighted throughout the evening, and are aimed so that no stray light enters the theatre.

The thi, fioodlights are the same as the ffA" floodlights, but they are lighted only during intermission and at the end of the evenings show. They flood the theatre with white light for rapid movement of cars.

The moonlight hoodlights ffCll and ftD" are turned on during twilight, and remain lighted until the end of the eveningls show.

The ftC" fioodlights are equipped with doors made of green glass and 500-watt daylight general service lamps. TheSe floodlights are aimed to light the center of the theatre, from the projection building to the base of the pole.

An attempt was made to light the sides of the theatre with this ffC" type floodlight, but as the beam of the light is extremely wide, the light could not be projected to the sides of the theatre. So the ffDll floodlights were decided upon. These are equipped with doors of amber glass and 300-watt general service lamps. The light is gold in color.

There is no problem of area lighting in the ramps between the projection building and the screen. These ramps are normally filled during twilight and the next movement occurs during intermission.

Red neon tubing is installed at the top of the pole to attract attention to the theatre. This tubing can be seen for quite a distance from the theatre.

The L-83 Floodlight Type L-83, which supersedes Type L-43, is a lightweight general-purpose lloodlight having a hinged door for long life and easy servicing. Designed for higher efficiency through the addition of an auxiliary reflector of Alzak finished aluminum, the lamp is available with either narrow beam polished or wide

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 271