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1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 90 (79)

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition
1948-49 Theatre Catalog
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 90
Page 90

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 90

Colonial induence in twentieth century moving picture house design has sometimes been indirect but it has always been vital and noteworthy. In the Smyrna Theatre of Smyrna, Delaware, building modes more than two centuries old prove their basic validity in a small GOO-seat house of unusual beauty. Designed by John J. Zink and F. L. W. Moeble of Baltimore, Maryland, this theatre brings to a progressive community of 10,000 citizens an attractive Showplace for the optimum enjoyment of screen entertainment.

The front of the Smyrna is a quiet, dignified, almost ascetic combination of Colonial brick, limestone and terra cotta trim. The brick motif is further elaborated by the use of brick and cinder block walls over a structural steel frame. Cement floors, fabric and plywood walls stress the idea of structural simplicity which serves as an undeviating foundation for the rich artistry of the interior.

In keeping with the rather severe treatment of the exterior, the marquee is relatively small and of conservative design. However, once inside the glass doors, patrons find themselves in a lobby with birch plywood walls, plaster ceiling and terrazzo iioor. The environment has begun to change from the emphasized simplicity of the outside to a veritable wealth of decor. Adjoining the lobby is a soda and refreshment shop, with asphalt tile iioor and plastered walls relieved by gay mural decorations depicting hunting scenes.

The logical focus of attention is the auditorium where interior decoration transforms the room into a bright, joyous center. Williamsburg green-an authentic Colonial shade*is the color of the fabric on the walls. Over this basic color are superimposed gay designs in lighter colors and even the sidewall indirect lighting becomes an integral part of the design. Large murals on splays near the stage project the ever-present Colonial atmosphere with two interesting harbor scenes, the story of which is probably pertinent to Smyrna, Delaware.

In harmony with the rest of the Smyrna Theatre, the lounge and toilet rooms are finished with plywood walls, plastered ceiling, and concealed lighting.


The Smyrna

Smyrna, Delaware
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 90