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1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 277 (266)

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition
1948-49 Theatre Catalog
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 277
Page 277

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 277

THIS IS A SKETCH of a concave all-steel drive-in theatre screen as seen from the highway. Prefabricated by the Elizabeth Iron Works, the towers are available in three sizes, for theatres holding 400. 650, and 1000 cars

surface, and is a permanent part of the tower.

Sizes and Erection Costs

The screen towers are available in three sizes as follows: 38 feet x 50 feet screen surface for a 350-400 car theatre. 44 feet x 60 feet screen surface for a 450e650 car theatre. 53 feet x 72 feet screen surface for a 650*.1000 car theatre.

For the overall height, to the above sizes must be added the leg sections, which will vary between 17 feet and 19 feet in height, depending on the location of the screen tower in proximity to the projection booth.

Though prices for comparison are not readily available, it is believed that the cost of any of these screen towers erected is no more, and, in most cases, considerably less, than the average combinations of materials and temporary types of structures now being built throughout the country.

A SKETCH oi the tower from inside the theatre reveals the slope of the screen which does away with the "Keystone" projection usually found to he obiectionable. The main supporting members of the screen are tall,

Simple and complete sets of detail erection drawings come with each purchase. For example, a 44 foot x 58 feet screen tower can be erected in six days at a cost of less than $1500. This figure is based on the AFL wage scale in metropolitan New York.

Concave-Sloped or Sloped Screens

For those exhibitors who feel the need for a concave-sloped screen to help increase the viewing angle, the Elizabeth Iron Works, under license arrangements with Park-In Theatres, who have applied for the patent, make this feature available to the latterls licensees at no extra charge in royalties or fees.

However, the straight-surface, slopedtype screen to eliminate the keystone is and exclusive of the Elizabeth Iron Works and is available to whoever desires to purchase without royalties or licensing of any kind.

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respectively. A unit serving a 650 theatre can be erected in six days. The structure is compact, powerfully built, and yet is most graceful in its majestic slope. A minimum of maintenance is required.

concrete, are not included in the purchase price. This work should be done by a reliable contractor. Varying of course with location and type of soil, it is estimated that a 44 x 60 feet tower would require 83 yards of concrete costing $996.00, plus $450.00 for steel reinforcing bars.

Utilizing Base Openings

The open area formed by the leg sections of the structure lend themselves admirably to an inexpensive means of attaining the use of a building 14 feet to 16 feet wide at the base by 60 feet or 72 feet depending on the size screen, and with ample head clearance.

The arch and leg sections acting as the supporting members can be drilled for the fastening of wood, masonite sheets, or corrugated steel sections. This enclosure could be used for storage of equipment, concession booth or managerls oiiice and living quarters. (A suggested layout is shown in the sketch.)

tapering frame bents, while the screen surface is composed of 1/3 of an inch thick steel plates ribbed by flat bars and angles. At the top and back portion of the screen is an easily reached open-type grating walkway.

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