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1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 51 (41)

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition
1948-49 Theatre Catalog
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 51
Page 51

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 51

electric time clock. This system, recently developed, permits temperatures in five floors of ofiices to be controlled within one degree plus or minus.


The theatre has nine fully equipped toilet rooms. Each fixture is fitted with air chambers to prevent water hammering in the lines. Water closets throughout the building are equipped with vacuum breakers and fitted with open front black whale-bonite seats separated by metal partitions in the various toilet rooms. Stall urinals in the mens rooms have extended lip receptors with the automatic water supply tanks concealed in walls and ceilings.

Lavatories in all washrooms are fitted with soap dispensing valves; and soap storage tanks are over each basin with pipes from the storage tank to the soap dispensing valves concealed in the walls. Showers are provided in the stage dressing rooms, the ushersy dressing room and the managers private toilet room. Drinking fountains in the theatre are provided with chromium plated angle stream jets with self-closing oscillating handles and concealed volume regulators.

Water comes into the building through a 6 inch main. A 4 inch stack and 3 inch vent pipe run from the top door to the basement, with 4 inch Y and 3 inch T connections. The cast iron drain system is trapped, vented and provided with a house sanitary trap. Rain water is drained through a 9 inch vitrified clay pipe connected to the roof leaders and catch basins in the yard. .

Floor drains in the basement floor, elevator pit and tunnels empty into a sump from which the water is pumped by an automatic sump pump into the drainage system. A special pump in the basement acts as a stand-by in case of fire in the building. Should the pressure of the water in the city mains drop below a predetermined level during a fire, the pump automatically starts and provides 50 pounds pressure as far as the top door of the building.

Water requirements of the plumbing system are large. Water supplied to the air conditioning system alone is 600 gallons per minute. And domestic hot water for the building is supplied from a 469 gallon black steel storage tank built for 100 pounds working pressure and speCially painted on the inside. This tank has a special copper itUi, bend steam coil built into it which will heat 150 U. S. gallons of water per hour from 50 degrees to 170 degrees with steam at 5 pounds pressure. The tank is complete with hot water thermometer and circulae tor with immersion type aquastat.

Structural Background

Before construction work was started on the new theatre, several buildings on the site were demolished. When these were cleared away, the engineers made a number of test holes and, as a result of these tests, it was decided to set the footings down 25 feet on dry hard clay. . The framework of the superstructure is entirely structural steel. Altogether, nearly 1,000 tons of structural steel were used in this building, while the averageSIZed theatre built in Canada is said to use approximately 150 tons.


A SECTION OF THE GRAND STAIRCASE which leads from the lobby to the restaurant, art promenade. and mezzanine loges. In the lower right oi the photo is the courtesy desk. A 53-foot curved mural, "The Modern Motion Picture Industryl', can. be seen in the background. Center, wireglass windows are required by law but are sandblasted decoratively. Bottom is the entrance to the art promenade where a constant exhibition of the works of Canadian artists draws continuous attention.
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 51