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1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 301 (288)

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition
1948-49 Theatre Catalog
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 301
Page 301

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 301

decorative glass showing monkeys, flowers and other jungle life scenes. The central portion of the ceiling in this room is lined with gold mirror and contains elaborate equipment for colored lighting effects.

Lighthouse lenses provide illumination and decoration for the first class movie theatre, while the dance door in the veranda grill receives floodlighting from an illuminated decorative glass balustrade surrounding it. In the cabin class smoking room there is an extraordinary glass has relief done by Norman Forest.

The cabin cocktail bar has illumination from curved lines of Huorescent lighting, and an illusion of sunshine at night is furnished by internal windows glazed with spun glass of pale yellow and laminated between sheets of clear glass. The two principal mirrors of the cabin dining room were etched by Margot Gilbert in summer and winter carnival designs, while a simple mirror treatment, framed in silver bronze has been applied to the hatch running through this restaurant. Glass was also effectively used in circular illuminated discs placed in floodlit bays, the brilliance of which compensates for the lack of sidelights in the room. The discs are etched in Hower motifs and are outlined in light. Finally, the most prominent feature of the tourist winter garden is a large glass screen mullioned in silver bronze and etched with the itBirth of Life" by Ralph Gowan.

Photographic Gloss

One of the more spectacular recent developments, while still in the laboratory stage, may be the rage of tomorrow. Yes, photogenic glass is a reality. To Corning 'Glass Works belongs the credit for pioneering this new glass. Specially treated, it can receive permanent colored photographic prints with three-dimensional effect and exceptional fidelity. Its photographic reproductions will not fade and are safe from any damage except breakage of the glass. Durability comes from the location of the print inside the glass and the fact that it often permeates the whole piece.

This photosensitive glass can be formed in any desired shape consistent with ordinary glass making. It may be reworked according to conventional glass practices prior to the photographic process without any deleterious effect. Physically, it can be tailor-made for almost any purpose and tempered to the desired strength. Reproduction of extremely fine detail is possible due to lack of grain in the design.

Of clear high quality, the glasses are available in several colors. One glass will reproduce in brilliant red. Another permits pictures in blue, purple, ruby, or orange, while a third type prints in yellow or brown. The shade of any particular color is determined by the length of exposure.

The three-dimensional effect possible with this glass comes from the fact that shadowed areas penetrate farther into the glass than highlight areas. Unusual lighting effects can be obtained by placing a light behind the glass.

Corning has also developed photosensitive opal glasses whose myriad micro

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THIS BENTvGLASS TICKET BOOTH was a design feature by Architect Lewis C. Alexander. Fixedglass panels can be installed between all-glass doors. Framing with beveled mirror blocks is effective around an etched glass panel.

scopic transparent particles scatter light in different directions. Colors possible in this medium are: white, red, blue, yellow, or brown; and combinations of these colors. The opal and transparent glasses can be combined to make designs side by side or superimposed so that the opalescent glass forms a background for a transparent colored surface image.

Some of the many potential uses include: portrait photographs, scenic photographs, window photo-murals, decorative tile, illuminated advertising displays. To these few obvious suggestions, the fertile mind of the practicing theatre architect will undoubtedly add an imposing list and, when this specialized glass becomes available on a commercial scale, find a host of applications for the material in the theatre where it so naturally belongs.


On the functional side, the Appleman Art Glass Works has announced the development of a new structural glass called Murapane. The colors and designs embedded in this material afford an authentic reproduction of marble and alabaster, with the underlying pattern resembling the natural formation of alabaster, onyx, and other marbles. Murapane is one-quarter inch thick as compared to one inch thickness of bonafide marble slabs. And, unlike marble, Murapane is available on specification to almost any size. It is finished with the high lustre of polished marble and is durable and impervious to weather. Its cost is a fraction of that of marble.

Huge columns and walls of Murapane are to be used on 64,800 square feet of surfacing in the United Nations Secretariat in New York. The United Nations architects have selected Murapane in medium blue Temprex.

Living Walls

Another practical functional glass material manufactured by the Appleman Art Glass Company consists of a series of knock-down glass partitions and picture windows. "Temprex Livingwall" is a combination of die cast aluminum frame sections, 20" square and 37/3" deep, faced with tempered Temprex glass V52" thick and 191/2" square. One of the panes is permanently sealed in the frame at the factory, providing a tough joint. The other pane is fitted for easy removal.

The glass, which was developed during the war, is tough. It can support almost five times as much weight as ordinary glass, has a high resistance to impactsaid to be seven times greater than that of ordinary glass.

The "Livingwalls" are essentially stiff, self-supporting units which can be assembled without the use of any cementing agent. Simple, interlocking devices, an integral part of the frame structure, join blocks together both horizontally and vertically. Since they lock together mechanically, the self-supporting blocks can be demounted easily.

The ttLivingwalls" are susceptible to artistic treatment, too. Colors and patterns can be tired on the hard surface and in one of the more spectacular uses of the panels, electrical outlets are installed in the cavity between the two panes. When the wired wall is used as a

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