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1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 274 (263)

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition
1948-49 Theatre Catalog
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 274
Page 274

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 274

A Modern ToH System

Combining A Treadle, Electrical Counting Circuit, And Lighted Indicators For Cash Control

While drive-in theatre operation has adapted most of its equipment and operating methods from. its older and more experienced roofed sister, much originality has been shown by drive-in designers and owners. The toll gate principle. designed around a treadle register in the entrance drive. was borrowed from the method found most practical for large tra$c movement at toll bridges and tunnels. How it' LUIS adapted to the needs of drive-in theatre cash. control is here outlined.

A modification of collection systems used at the largest toll bridges and tunnels has been developed for the drive-in theatre market.

Designed to eliminate the siphoning of cash into dubious channels and the hit-and-miss methods of recording admissions at many of these places, especially during peak periods, the new system has resulted from the efforts of Taller and Cooper, Inc., working in conjunction with theatre experts.

The problem of cash disappearance arose 20 years ago when the first of the large toll bridges and tunnels were placed in operation. A system was developed and subsequently considerably improved until a substantially foolproof method for collecting and recording toll receipts was obtained. A modification of this method can readily be applied to the collection of admissions at drive-in theatres.

The components of this system as applied to a drive-in theatre are installed in and adjacent to a booth operated by a collector for each lane. The cashier stands at the door in such a position that he can collect directly from the occupants of the car. The transaction is registered by the collector on the key bbx which is set on a counter above his cash drawers and accessible as he stands at the door of the booth.

Associated with this key box are:

1. A treadle set in the roadway.

2. An electrical counting circuit ac tuated by the treadle.

3. An overhead classification indica tor.

4. A patronls admission indicator, and 5. A printing and counting device. Automatic

The work performed in handling a transaction by the cashier consists in registering the number of admissions of each class, such as adults and children, by depressing the proper buttons of the kcybox, receiving the cash, and waving


the car on. All other functions of the equipment are automatic.

Each cashier or collector is given a key with a distinct identification number. When he opens a booth, he inserts his key in the keybox, turns the key, and operates a print lever. This unlocks the machine, and takes a print of all the counters, the number of the key, the time, and date. Simultaneously, a lamp or sign is illuminated over the booth showing that the lane is open for business.

Lights and Bells

An automobile entering the theatre stops at the booth, and pays the required admission. The collector depresses the proper keys in the keybox. This starts the following functions:

1. Adds the proper number of counts to the corresponding counters in the register.

2. llluminates a sign in the side of the booth showing the patron the number and type of admissions collected.

3. Illuminates a characteristic figure in an overhead indicator which is mounted over the booth and visible for several hundred feet in each direction.

4. Sounds a bell or chime which audibly indicates that the transaction has been registered, and also serves to attract the patrons attention to the admission-paid illuminated sign on the side of the booth.

Treodle Count

The vehicle now proceeds, and rolls over the treadle counter set in the roadway adjacent to the booth. In passing


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THE ADMISSION INDICATOR at window level with incoming cars is flush mounted in the wall 01 the booth and illuminates the number of adults (in this case 3) and the number of children (in this case 2) for which admission is paid.

over the treadle, electrical circuits are actuated in sequence corresponding to the rolling of the vehicle. This and only this sequential operation of the treadle contacts will cause a count to be added to the treadle counter in the register. The treadle will not respond to walking or jumping on it or to any other motion.

When collector closes his lane, he operates the print lever once again and removes his key. This takes a final print similar to the first print. It also darkens the admission and overhead indicators and the booth-open light.

The collector counts his cash, and turns it in with a deposit slip. The manager or auditor at a convenient time goes to each register, and removes the printed section of the sheet which shows the tabulation of the days transaction. This sheet will show the time when the lane opened and closed, key number of collector 0n duty, total number of vehicles counted by treadle, total number of transactions registered by collector, total number of adults, and total number of children. These totals are ob ELEVATION DRAWING- ol the Taller and Cooper boxottice {or drive-in theatres shows the manner in which the; (1) lane open signal. (2) overhead sale indicator, (3) patron sale indicator. (4) key box And printer, and (5) recording treadle, all work in unison to announce and record each cash transaction. Blind checking ol 0 car can be done at any spot around boxoiiice where lights can be seen.

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1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 274