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1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 299 (286)

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition
1948-49 Theatre Catalog
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 299
Page 299

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 299


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AN EFFECTIVE USE OF GLASS BLOCKS sets off the name pylon and modem front of the Hiland. Adaptations of decorative glass for the theatre exterior are limitless. Panels set into otherwise plain walls of terra cotta. porcelain enamel. structural glass. cement or face brick. produce a sparkling modern and structurally excellent result. At the Lamar, Lamar. Colorado, a large panel breaks the monotony of the terra cotta blocks. Structural glass doors are also used with telling effect on this modern front.

The use of glass blocks for light transmission, in comparison with ordinary windows on the same basis, causes a reduction in heat gain, a factor of great significance in both seasonal and year-round air conditioning. Another interesting aspect of the product is that it rarely permits condensation on the room side of the block. This prevents the formation of water on window sills.

There are square blocks, corner blocks, and radial blocks ranging in size from five and three-quarters to seven and three-quarters inches. There are those designed with parallel flutes (utilitarian), with reeds (irregular effects), and with an asymmetric composition (decorative). The blocks are made at high temperatures with fused seals. The tight seals insure dry, dead-air spaces within the units. Hence, the blocks are relatively free of entrapped water vapor. Requiring no special skills or dichult techniques in installation, glass blocks seldom, if ever, require repairs or replacement.

Two popular incidental uses of glass blocks in theatres are in standee railings and candy stand counters. In the former adaptation, a panel of blocks frequently serves to denote *aisle openings, at the extreme ends of railed sections. More often than not, these are lighted up in subdued colors.

Their employment as supports for candy stands is traditional. Here, too, the panels light up colorfully. The effect is almost convivial, certainly festive, and in keeping with the other gay trappings of the stand.

For many theatres throughout the land, glass blocks provide a modern touch with a minimum of complications. The comparative simplicity of their installation is in direct proportion to the unflagging effectiveness of their appeal.

Other Applications

Many of the most interesting applications of glass in both structural and decorative usage originate in fields outside the theatre proper. But because they illustrate the many artistic possibilities inherent in the material, and because they are easily adaptable to theatre design, these applications deserve attention.

For example, the imaginative use of glass in the giant liner, Queen Elizabeth, might at first glance seem utterly foreign to moving picture house decor. But perhaps the ocean liner and the theatre are not mutually exclusive in their dress. At least, the supposition is worth an investigation.

The Queen Elizabeth

On the Queen Elizabeth the wall surfacing of the large air conditioned cabin class lounge combines cloudy vellum hide, silver bronze and a special material made from spun glass laid between sheets and silvered in the back, serving to diffuse light through the room. In addition, the lounge has maps of the northern and southern hemispheres deeply engraved on molded glass.

Jan Juta, British artist, has decorated the forward bulkhead of the first class ballroom which is lined with quilted satin. A deep recess occurs in the center of the bulkhead and he has lined it with

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 299