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1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 52 (42)

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition
1948-49 Theatre Catalog
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 52
Page 52

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 52

THE THEATRE RESTAURANT is shown at the top. Overlooking the foyer. it stretches around in an Lshape. Center, a Closeup of the modern etched glass partitions which separate the alcoves in the restaurant for greater privacy. Bottom can be seen the soda and serving bar arrangement as well as the cashier's desk in the rear of the restaurant. The front tables overlook the foyer and lobby. This theatre combines many new designs tor the ultimate in patron comfort.

Erection of the steel work involved some interesting engineering problems. One was the fulcrum supporting the cantilever balcony trusses which spans 94 'feet clear and weighs 60 tons. Another was the intricate design of the cantilever action with outrigger truss supporting the end of the balcony. The main roof truss is 90 feet long, weighs 20 tons and was raised in one piece by a heavy derrick. This is the truss from which the projection room is supported. The stage required heavy grid framing with rear wall columns almost 90 feet high. Ceiling structural steel work follows an intricate pattern since the plaster follows the contour of the steel work.

The side walls and rear wall of the building were originally intended to be brick and tile. However, these plans were changed to avoid labor and material delays. On the suggestion of the JacksonLewis Company Limited, these walls were made of poured concrete 8 inches in thickness. Forms for the concrete were lined with masonite on the exterior face of the walls to give a smooth finish to the surface. The interior surface of the outer concrete walls was faced with Ten-Test saturated with damp-proofing material on the face adjoining the interior concrete walls. The insulating board is attached to a wood strip incorporated in the concrete pour.

Another outstanding engineering feat is the proscenium arch spanning the stage. It is a combination structural steel and concrete girder, with the structural steel truss being designed to carry only the dead weight of the concrete encasing it. The combination of steel truss and concrete forms a composite girder which carries the weight of the masonry wall above, including the grid, and the portion of the roof resting on this wall. The girder is 62 feet across and contains 100 tons of cement which was poured in 10 hours.

The roof deck over the auditorium is pre-cast Aerocrete. Over this is a 20year bonded built-up felt and gravel roof. The built-up roof consists of a moisture barrier over which two l/2-inch layers of insulating board are mopped in with hot pitch. The insulating boards are separated by cut-offs, 20 feet square, to localize any leaks that might occur. Over the insulation are five plies of roofing felt, each ply mopped with hot pitch. Final application is a covering of gravel to protect the roof from the actinic rays of the sun.


The Odeon-Toronto, in its advertising, boasts that tta committee of experts" has chosen it as "one of the five most distinguished theatres in the world". In many ways it seems to merit such distinction. For those who knew Jay 1. English, or, as the Editors of THEATRE CATALOG, were the beneficiaries of his advice, sincere criticism and learned submissions of data, down through the years, there is real pleasure in knowing that his crowning design achievement has produced a theatre that is so signally honored.


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1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 52