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1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 524 (509)

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition
1948-49 Theatre Catalog
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 524
Page 524

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 524

winter months; removes the necessity of marring tile and marble walls in mounting wall cabinets, and is easy and inexpensive to install.

Furthermore, a National Survey reveals, as a conservative figure, that 21/2 paper towels are required for one thorough dry. A carton of 3,750 towels costing $3.00 therefore provides 1500 drys.

The same National Survey reveals, as a conservative figure, that electric driers provide 100 thorough drys per k.w.h. of electricity. Fifteen hundred drys then, would consume 15 k.w.h. and average electric current cost is but 3 cents per k.w.h. The result is $3.00 for 1500 paper towel drys and $0.45 for 1500 electric drys.

Many theatre owners and managers have been exceedingly neglectful and passive in relation to the maintaining of proper washroom sanitation and ofttimes are even ignorant of unsanitary conditions in their own theatres. A patron, appalled by unsanitary washs room conditions, will rarely complain to the manager because of the intimacy of the complaint. But the same patron will almost certainly spread the news to his or her close friends, resulting in loss of patron good will to the theatre.

Sanitation Service

The importance of sanitary conditions throughout a theatre can never be overestimated. To emphasize this, John and Drew Eberson, one of the most prominent theatre architect firms in the United States, have always regarded as the four most important patron facilities of the modern theatre: tlgood seats, good sight, good sound and sanitary, luxurious toilet and lounge rooms." Most operators agree with them.

In addition to all the sanitary washroom facilities mentioned before, another very important factor must be taken into consideration.

Except for the very large theatre that boasts of a large and well trained staff, the average theatre janitor is neither a sanitation expert nor a very thorough cleaner. His main concern is to tidy up and clean the obvious in the shortest and easiest number of hours. In his hands, even the best of equipment and disinfectants may be badly used or

'asted without accomplishing a sanitary, odorless result. The manager and other staff members cannot be expected to do the toilet room work, with the result that many a theatre has a bad odor condition where the only needed ingredients are regular periodic attention and a basic knowledge of the proper method.

Cleansing Specialists

To remedy this one important iniSSing factor, at least one of the, largest manufacturers of sanitary equipment and supplies, the West Disinfecting Company, recently introduced a free service to its customers that merits closer inspection and consideration by theatre men.


Under this free service, a trained sane itation specialist will call at any particular theatre at regular intervals, as often as once a week, and using highly specialized tools and equipment will give all toilet fixtures or other potential trouble areas a thorough and exact cleaning. During this service visit it is requested that the regular janitor be on hand and receive instruction on the proper daily cleaning and maintenance that must complement the major weekly one, With supervision by management to be certain that the small daily chore

is actually done, such a weekly routine should result in perfect conditions in many theatres now plagued by odor and dirt.

Relief from the worry that toilet rooms are earning a theatre an uns savory reputation should be welcomed by most thinking industryites.

Regardless of the method adopted it is the duty of all theatre men to adopt some safeguards and use some reputable cleaning and disinfecting agents, in or der to maintain a high industry standard of sanitary excellence.

All Photographs Used in this Surrey are through the Courtesy of West Disinfecling Company

WEST DISINFECTING COMPANY makes available a free periodic service to its customers that includes a thorough heav duty cleaning by West trained personnel. All sanitary installations are given a complete deodonzing..cean51ng. and disinfecting to insure patron health and good-will. Few managers and owners realize the Importance of an extensive regular cleaning program which can accomplish much.
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 524