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1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 55 (45)

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition
1948-49 Theatre Catalog
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 55
Page 55

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 55

encircling the auditorium at the mezzanine floor level.

The TACNA is designed to insure maximum economy in the use of floor space in the auditorium, mezzanine, and balcony. Yet comfort is hardly neglected. For show enjoyment-which most frequently depends upon sitting easeethe theatre is equipped with American Seate ing Company body-form chairs fully upholstered throughout. As originally announced in the 1947-1948 THEATRE CATALOG, the seating capacity is 1945. This includes 883 seats on the main floor, 405 seats in the mezzanine, and 657 seats in the balcony. For statisticians these facts may be interesting: The number 657, representing the seating capacity of the balcony is almost midway between the seating capacity of the auditorium and that of the balcony; with a total seating capacity of 1945, the TACNA can draw on an estimated theatre public of about 250,000 according to a late estimate of Limals population.

Although the TACNA was constructed by Paramount International Theatres Corporation, and is operated under that companyls supervision, the actual owner of the sumptuous cinema palace is Inmobiliaria San Martin, S. A., an organization of prominent Lima business men. Manuel Gaboldoni is President, and J. Bayly Gallagher is Director General. Present manager of the theatre is Alfonso Gaillour. For additional credits* and their mention is well justified by the splendid results achieved in building the


SOUTH AMERICAN DIGNITARIES headed by the president of Peru and his wife, attended the April 1 gala premier of the Tacna. Ray Milland. Paramount star, was on hand to represent Hollywood, and the entire affair was one that will be long remembered by the elite of the Peruvian capital.

TACNAethe reader is referred to well documented list on pages 11 and 12 0f the 1947-1948 THEATRE CATALOG. It seems somehow appropriate that Lima, Peru, should set the pace in contemporary theatre building south of the equator. In fact, it was nearly four hundred years ago that the first institution

of higher learning in the Western Hemisphere opened its doors to students in Peru. This was the University of San Marcos, founded in May, 1551, eightye five years before Harvard began its career. So, historically, there is an over whelming precedent for pioneering in the liner things of life.

FROM THE FIRST FLOOR LOUNGE a tree standing stair leads to the mezzanine through an open well that is the dominant ieature at both floors. Bronze railings, with wood paneling covering the open side and black marble on the closed, give this a rich and modern effect.
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 55