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1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 298 (285)

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition
1948-49 Theatre Catalog
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 298
Page 298

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 298

ness and hardness, and coefficient of expansion as regular plate glass. Tuf-Flex is available in clear or colored grades.

Special plate glass can be used for both doors and stair rails. And any number of artistic combinations can be suce cessfully incorporated in the theatre front with all-glass doors as the central ingredient. When transparent glass doors provide a view of the lobby, the extensive use of plate glass mirrors can suggest the feeling of spaciousness and brilliantly augment the lighting effect of marquee and vestibule.


Mirrors, in fact, have been standard equipment for a long time. Polished plate glass is now available for quality mirrors in lobby, lounge, and washroom; for the cashier's booth; and for any other location into which they can be artistically harmonized. Their judicious use is guaranteed to make any room appear much larger than it is. For lobby and washroom walls and facade, easyto-clean and sanitary Vitrolite colorful glass facing is available.

If the theatreman is interested in unusual mural effects for his lobby, he should by all means investigate the recent installations of transparent mirrors in various public buildings. The Sarah Siddons Walkenamed for the famous nineteenth century English actress-4n the Ambassador East Hotel, Chicago, is a sterling example of the attractive art of aesthetic deception. Designed by Samuel Marx, the installation consists of a wall of mirrors three feet behind the ram wan of transparent a}: 2135:. 35.5.3035? $t?ii:;*f.:2?:2.53.55313??? 3553:3235; as:33%;;assuring:

complishing a remarkable and convinc- slaveibegeled e-Idg'le: for aldditional'effect. Below. pyramids-of etched glass attractively set off the top of lng llluswn of dlstance, espeClany when e s :1 ea rai ese 9 ass sechons serve the double purpose of breaking noise and drafts.

combined with lighting effects and a fioral and shrubbery arrangement. Concealed overhead lighting fixtures illuminate the miniature garden and the mirrored walls multiply its size to create the optical illusion of endless rows of flower beds stretching out to infinity. When it is not lighted from behind, the transparent mirror appears merely as a normal reflective surface.

Glass Blocks

No discussion of structural and decorative glass utilization can very well omit mention of those revolutionary manifestations of our times-glass blocks. These dual purpose units are adaptable to either modem or traditional settings. Employed with imagination and taste, panels of them can create little islands of aesthetic warmth even in a bleak, barn-like structure. The charm of graceful stairwells is enhanced by this architectural ingredient; a corner is made more congenial by its translucence; and the facades of many theatres fairly sparkle with the magic blocks.

Glass blocks commend themselves not only as admirable sun and artificial light transfusers but also as compositions that. combine strength (panels have a minimum crushing resistance of four to 51X hundred pounds per square inch), Sturdlness, and an easily cleansed surfaceew'ith high insulating qualities. A'ld, Since they are. hollow, outside :mlSes are kept down and comfortable emperatures preserved.

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1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 298