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1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 48 (38)

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition
1948-49 Theatre Catalog
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 48
Page 48

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 48

VIEW OF THE THEATRE AUDITORIUM from the rear of the reserved seat section. Smoking is permitted in all mezzanine loge seats. Center. the back row at the auditorium on the main floor and the self serving hearing aids built into the standee rail where they are available to any patron without asking an attendant. Bottom is the detail of the standee rail which is constructed with a kick-area recessed at the floor and a sloping arm rest at elbow level. By its width alone it eHectiVely isolates standees.

to obtain an unlimited number of colors and hues either separately or simultaneously in the coves. Beautiful' pastel shades and vivid colors are brought to life. By means of a special control panel actuated by Thyratron controlled reactors, the colors fade out and a-new set takes their place. So gradual is the change that spectators are scarcely conscious of it. , The focal point to which the eyes are drawn, naturally, is that of stage and screen. Here the color emphasis is also important. A huge shrimp-colored contour curtain weighing 31/2 tons is operated from above the stage by various motorized manipulations which permit a variety of contour openings for the stage and organ console. The curtain is lighted from above and from the sides in varying colors depending on the light filters used. Like previous designs by the late Jay 1. English, the Odeon-Toronto has no proscenium arch, the contour curtain continuing around the Sides to the first set'of light coves. ' Deep blue stage draperies provide contrast and give a feeling of depth. As the curtain opens, the turquoise tones lead the eye to the screen by a progression of border strips and legs of light in

,medium and deep-toned turquoise.

A mammoth theatre-type pipe organ with full orchestra effects has been installed on a small stage to the right of the proscenium. For recital programs and solo appearances, the organ slides out of the wall on tracks.

The tearoom and dining lounge on the second floor overlooks the main lobby and foyer, and forms a welcome addition to theatre appointments. Here, patrons and theatre parties may have tea or a complete meal before or after a performance. A call service informs the patrons by loudspeaker that the feature picture is to begin in so many minutes.

The color scheme is gay and informal, and eminently serviceable in the use of materials and equipment. Extensive use is made of Oak Flexwood, a new type of plywood design formed into modernistic patterns. which is used on the walls above the built-in seating finished in natural color. Partitions between the wall seats provide interesting decorative accents with sand-blasted designs on glass which is lighted from above. Beautiful iioral planting around the balus trades further enhances this pleasant


Another feature of the theatre is the Art Promenade on the balcony iioor which is designed to display montth exhibitions of painting and kindred arts. In the theatres opening weeks, this gallery held a display of photographs done by John Steele of workmen and others who helped build the theatre. Walls of the balcony foyer and art promenade are painted a greyed flesh pink with the ceiling in turquoise blue. Special accents are inserted by the balcony doors which are lacquered a clear vermillion red.

All the furniture in the lobby, foyer, tea lounge and balcony promenade has been especially designedgto echo the modern feeling throughout. In interesting contrasts to the public areas are the washrooms and powder rooms. For example, the ladies' powder room, off the


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