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1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 275 (264)

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition
1948-49 Theatre Catalog
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 275
Page 275

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 275

THE DOUBLE FACED OVERHEAD INDICATOR shows the entering patron. by its green light. which lane is open tor business; but, most important, its white lights for adults and amber lights ior children tacilitates spot checking by any exec.

tained by subtraction of the initial and final counter, readings. The company lists the following ad vantages for its collection system:


The patron pays the collector directly and eliminates the use of car hops or runners.

There are no tickets to be handled with the possibility of collusion.

There are no stubs to be strewn about the grounds.

Ticket examination is eliminated.

The possibility of distributors and potential competitors learning the number of patrons by comparison of ticket stub numbers is ended.

The advantages of audible and visual indications to patrons of admissions registered at each transtion.

Overhead indication for the use of supervisor, inspector or manager, enabling him to check a car at any time, some distance before or after it passes the collector, and without collectorts knowledge.

All pencil work in copying ticket numbers is eliminated. Instead, a clear and tamperproof method is employed to print the counter numbers in a locked compartment accessible only to a responsible person.

PLOT PLAN of a two-lane boxottice equipped with a double set of indicators, key boxes and treadles. While the designers claim this type at collection system at toll highway facilities enables one collector to handle as many as 500 to 700 transactions per hour, which would be adequate for any drive-in theatre. the added lane may be used at peak periods and would be a standby against breakdowns.

THE ALL-IMPORTANT MAIN ENTRANCE through which the major revenue passes should get prime

attention. This is the Kallet, Syracuse. New York.

9. A brief dark period elapses on the admission and overhead indicators between transactions in order that the registration of each transaction may be checked.

10. Each adult transaction adds one unit to the transaction counter and the number of adult admissions to the adult counter. The total transactions recorded must therefore check with the treadle count. (It is assumed that children will never be admitted without adults.)

11. Passes are received, and recorded as adults. The cash differential between total admission price and government tax is easily computed.

12. Because the cashier is unaware of the number of transactions, he " must deposit all cash received. Any discrepancy will be evident to the management. Collector performance may readily be evaluated by a comparison of the number of errors in receipts with the general counting record.

13. Operation of the print lever will produce statistical records of admissions at any time. Should stae tistics be desired every 15 minutes, the cashier will pull the print lever every 15 minutes.

The system is based on the use of a mechanical register in which the keybox button mechanically adds the proper counts to the associated counter. The printer is a part of the keybox and the printed record must be removed from

the register in each booth.

In larger installations, it may be helpful to have the remote electrical registers for all booths located in the central office. A remote electrical recorder is actuated electrically from the keybox in the booth.

The experience of Taller and Cooper, Inc., with this type of collection method at toll highway facilities indicates that a collector may handle 500 to 700 transactions per hour in peak periods. By a carefully planned booth system, collection at drive-in theatres can be achieved at close to this rate with only one man per lane, a considerable saving in labor cost over most present methods.


1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 275