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1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 62 (51)

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition
1948-49 Theatre Catalog
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 62
Page 62

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 62

the water away from the foundations and the exit courts.

Comparative Cos'l's

At present day prices, the costs of a standard type theatre, with masonry walls, steel roof trusses, and general fireproof construction, will be between $175 and $210 per seat, varying with the location, and the comparative size of lobbies, foyers, etc. and also the type of interior treatment and finish. The above price includes the cost of heating, ventilation, and complete year-around air conditioning, but does not include decorative painting, display signs, stage drapes, sound and projection equipment, seats, or other items classed as equipment. Figuring on the same basis, the type of construction described in this article should reduce the per-seat price from $50 to $75 or even more in some cases.

Saving in Construction Time

Since the Quonset buildings are standard, and are available on short notice

from dealers located through the country, considerable time can be saved over that required for steel fabrication of the usual type of construction, and since the sections required to completely enclose the auditorium of a 650-seat theatre can be erected, after the foundations are completed, in approximately seven working days, it is estimated that the time required to complete the construction of a theatre of this type is about 60 working days, under normal conditions.

Fufure Developmeni's

Several manufacturers now have, and others are already working on, complete prefabricated fronts for this type of theatre, which will include the boxofiice, entrance doors, signs, marquee, etc. Prefabricated projection booths are also being designed and patented. These items, in conjunction with the factoryfabricated enclosure for the building itself, will come as close as possible to producing-a prefabricated theatre building which can be erected in the least amount of time and at a minimum cost.

Summary and a Prediction

The statement at the beginning of this article bears repeating at this time, viz., we believe that this type of construction can be recommended on account of cost, ease of construction, and present availability, but we also definitely know that it does not now, nor will not in the future, entirely supplant the standard type of theatre construction. It does, however, lend itself to certain sizes and locations, and can be, with intelligent design and planning, made to fill a need for theatre construction in these instances.

At press time it has been learned that there is an experiment taking place in a Southern city, where by the use of ' special extension roof trusses a normal 40' 0" Quonset arch is being expanded to 50' 0" and resulting in a theatre of over 1000 seats. If this proves successful, we predict that Quonset arch use in the theatre field will receive accelerated interest.


First theatre of the quonset-type to be constructed in the province of Ontario, the 618 seat Roxy, opened on April 13, 1948, just 18 weeks after building activity commenced and in the face of extreme winter weather.

Designed by Molesworth, Secord and Savage, "architects of Toronto, for National Theatre Services, Ltd., the lot size is 50x150 feet and the size of the quonset building is 40 feet wide, 132 feet long and 20 feet high. The foundation wall was extended up four feet to give an average 24 foot ceiling inside the auditorium. 15 feet of the steel building was used for part of the front and lobby section; with an additional 12 foot front section built of reinforced concrete slabs with steel beams and 21 facing of Georgetown Sand Stone, completing the structure.

The entire steel building is insulated against sub-zero weather and extreme heat. A unit heating and cooling system of hot and cold water coils supplies a 3-minute airchange for the auditorium, with individual radiation in all other Spaces. The heating and cooling system Dlpes are laid under the aisles, with the only excavation at the front of the building under the ladies room for the heatlng system. The floor is three and onehalf inch concrete slab road mesh, reinforced by a one and one-half inch smooth finish, and a four inch cinder base well rolled and tamped.

.C'olor scheme of the lobby and foyer Ceiling, and carried into the walls and ceiling of the auditorium is a sky blue \Vlth a slightly darker blue on the bands of the ceiling. A dado of knotty pine around the auditorium carries through the sidewall treatment of the spacious lounge; and no standee area is provided.

CHIMNEY for the heating installation is utilized as part of the exterior design. and. in addition (0 lbs local sandstone. the trim and marquee is ff wood except for the changeable letter area. n (he auditorium View can be noted lhe grilles 0;! either Slde of the proscenium and in the face 0 the stage apron. for unit heating installation.


1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 62