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1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 57 (47)

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition
1948-49 Theatre Catalog
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 57
Page 57

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 57


The Never-Swept Theatre of Mediapolis

Ingenious and Effective Cleaning Installation Simpliiies Housekeeping and Freshens Atmosphere

I. R. Glesne, co-owner of Iowais first Quonset theatre, the iiSwan7, in Mediapolis (Theatre Catalog 1946-47, pages 165-166) found an effective answer to one of the basic problems of theatre maintenance in a well-engineered combination of water and gravity. Utilizing floor drains in a focal low spot to catch and carry away water, Clesne put the old tried and true flushing action of street sprinklers to work on sloping floors. Result%n exceptionally simple and ({mactive cleaning system which rinses dirt down drains; eliminates laborious and time-consuming sweeping.

Design Cycle

The operation is the acme of simplicity. Essentially, Glesnels cycle consists of turning on the water and nooding his double-sloped door from perforated pipes at both ends of the auditorium,

The two floor-level pipe-lines follow the contours of the stage and foyer limits continuously except for side-aisle breaks. (Corrosion-resistant, the pipes are made from 5%" copper tubing, soldered at the ends and drilled with holes at two inch distances.

When the operating valve is turned on, water hows into the pipe and out of the perforations in an overlapping pattern that insures complete iioor coverage. At the junction of the two slopes -t0wards the front of the auditorium# drains in the central and the two side


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areas carry away the water with its trapped soil, leaving the floor in all its pristine spotlessness after the iiood is over. Candy wrappers, popcorn boxes, bits of paper, etc., are caught by the metal strainers on the drains which constitute the only area of the theatre from which refuse must be manually removed.

lnstallation Method

Installation of this tipipe-line cleaner" is said to be accomplished easily in any new construction. The pipes, of course, should be put in place before the floor is laid.

The floor is made of 6" reinforced concrete, specially surfaced with a truscon quartz product titrelled,y into the topping cement. This special conditioning imparts an ultra-hard wear-resistant quality to the heavily punished fioor surface.

To add to the effectiveness of Glesnels unique cleaning system and to give the floor sufficient resistance to moisture, the surface is waxed, utilizing a special red-dressing compound which renders it impervious to water without creating a potentially dangerous slippery condition. The waxing, in fact, has the highly beneficial effect of promoting rapid drying after each nushing operation and thus preventing harmful dampness.

Island Carpets

The two carpeted side aisles, running the length of the hall and dividing it into three distinct cleaning areas, stay high and dry-untouched and unaffected by the daily wetting-downs. Here again, an otherwise troublesome ob ..."yvy - . WW? 0 O O o O . o o O O ' 92.29.29... w"

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stacle in the cleaning program has been neatly licked by old faithfulethe law of gravity.

Rising one inch above the adjacent concrete floor, the aisles are carpeted the entire width of their level surface. However, at the carpet boundaries on each side the aisle plateaus slant gradually downward at an angle to join the fioor proper. In the cleaning operation the volume of water released from the pipes is valve-controlled for safe level operationwbelow the 1" aisle height.

This cleaning method, in constant use at Mr. Glesneis Swan Theatre, does a thorough job of keeping the iioor tidy and giving the theatre a fresh, clean smellean important intangible factor in successful theatre operation.


It saves time, money and labor and facilitates eiiicient housekeeping. Glesneis ideaeadaptable to both Quonset and conventional theatre construction, offers many interesting possibilities to all new theatre builders who may be temporarily stymied by out-of-thisworld maintenance costs or a difficult labor situation.

THE DRAWING BELOW has resulted from an artist's conception of the manner in which the cleaning (low would operate, as reasoned tram the data supplied by Mr. Glesne and superimposed over an actual floor plan of the theatre. From it can be noted the manner in which the carpet "islands" prevent dampness or soiling from reaching these expensive furnishings. As a matter of deduction. a carpet installation handled in this way should have a longer than usual life. for the cleaning flow will most certainly remove all loose grit resulting from the normal "dusting" of a concrete floor. :1: a better manner than the often inadequate push broom. The diffis cult. and often slipshod method of cleaning around seat standards would be eliminated.
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 57