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1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 295 (282)

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition
1948-49 Theatre Catalog
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 295
Page 295

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 295

Glass for Construction and Decoration

A Review of the Versatile Possibilities and TroubleFree Functional Values of This Theatrical Material

Glass, the material of a thousand and one uses, staggers the imagination with its infinite versatility and adaptability. In the theatre, where its multiplex possibilities have always been exploited to the hilt, glass is especially valued for its innate Showmanship and its low-cost maintenance. Its beauty, usually en

hanced by the skill of both designer and craftsman, is one of its outstanding characteristics. Its hard, abrasion-resistant surface resists scratching and marking. It is completely beyond the reach of corrosion; is unaifected by weather. It can be cleaned quickly with a damp cloth or with water (with or without small

LARGE WALL MIRRORS provide an almost endless list of theatre adaptations. For the small lounge where an illusion 01 great spaciousness is desired, mirrors on opposite walls create an impression oi width. In the photograph below. large mirrors on one wall at the lounge in the Yorktown, Cleveland. reflect the opposite wall and make the room seem large. (Pkg/or Cam/u} of Libbey-Owem-Ford Clan Ca.)


In a combined surge of energy and inspiration, glass manufacturers and research men are busy developing new types of glass and new applications of established types. This article discusses some outstanding developments and describes several specific installations. New usage is not confined to the theatre field. In fact. some of the installations described below appeared jirst in non-theatre locales but are included because of their innate interest and their probable effectiveness in the moving picture house. The wide variety of decorative and structural glass makes this material especially valuable in. new building or remodeling. Adaptations of existing varieties are probably endless.

additions of wetting agents or suitable solvents) and a squeegee. In short, glass has many talents and special properties which make it an indispensable part of the theatre building of today. And in recent years, the structural and decorative functions of glass have been greatly extended as a result of many new developments in glass technology.

Early Glass Decor

Just as glass is one of the Inost ancient of substances, with ancestral roots going back into the dim recesses of Egyptian history and before, so glass Showmanship is nothing new. Many years before the original nickelodeon opened its doors to the first horde of fun-loving movie-goers, Edgar Allan Poe described a glass decor that even today should warm the cockles of any imaginative theatrenianis heart.

The scene is the castle of Prince Prospero, wealthy playboy and, in his own peculiar way, patron of the arts. it. The apartments were so irregularly disposed that the vision embraced but little more than one at a time. There was :1 sharp turn at every twenty or thirty yards, and at each turn a novel effect. To the right and left, in the middle of each wall, a tall and narrow Gothic window looked out upon a closed corridor which pursued the windings of the suite. These windows were. of stained glass whose color varied in accordance with the prevailing huc of the decorations of the chamber into which it opened. That at the eastern extremity was hung, for example, in blue and vividly blue were its windows. The second chamber was purple in its ornaments and tapestries, and here the panes were purple. The third was green throughout, and so were

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 295