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1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 87 (76)

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition
1948-49 Theatre Catalog
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 87
Page 87

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 87

The Woods

Grosse Pointe Woods, Detroit, Michigan

Here is a theatre with many distinctive features-from its towering concave facade to its permanent exhibit space in the main lobby. And with a capacity of 2478, the Woods Theatre finds it advantageous to place all seats on one floor.

The Woods, which cost $650,000 to build and $75,000 to equip, occupies a prominent position on the main road in a growing residential suburb. This location will undoubtedly become even more valuable when the retail shopping center eon the drawing boards in 1948a materializes.

Psychologically the facade is ideal. It is an interesting curved wall of Shawnee limestone decorated with a simple incised line carving. Any tendency toward massiveness is relieved by a line of natural evergreens at the junction of the marquee roof and the facade base. The concave section of stone is flanked by face brick pylons and suggests the influence of the predominant style of residential architecture of this exclusive neighborhood. At night, floodlighting accentuates the unique character of this

wall. The walls of the vestibule and display frames are an interesting application of cast granite, granux, highly polished and of contrasting color-pearl gray display frames against the mahogany red of the wall. The entrance wall features a line of plate glass doors in

stainless steel frames surmounted by panels of rigidized stainless steel. In the vestibule, the floor is of varicolored tile in a special design.

For the convenience of patrons who drive to the show a paved and lighted parking area for 3000 automobiles is provided. Floodlights on the roof of the theatre augment normal lighting facilities. This parking area is designed to accommodate cars for both the Woods and the shopping center.

The exhibit salon in the main lobby is a unique permanent display area measuring 30 feet wide by 15 feet deep. It is planned to use this space as a focal point of attention to community, neighborhood

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1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 87