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1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 120 (100)

1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition
1950-51 Theatre Catalog
1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 120
Page 120

1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 120


Aside from the provision for ample leg room, crutch patients in the two rows in front of the wheel chair section have movable foot rests at their disposition. During a performance patientsl crutches may be stowed away on metal racks situated directly behind their seats. The racks are beveled to stand upright on the sloping fioor.


As far as can be determined, the design of the Great Lakes theatre, which also contains dressing rooms and lighting facilities for Hflesh" shows, is without parallel in hospital auditorium construction. Its 476 conventionally spaced main fioor chairs and 117 balcony seats, although they give it a rather unusual capacity as far as hospital theatres g0, would not make it unique in themselves if it were not for the addition of 14 wheel chair spaces and 54 specially staggered seats for crippled cases. Great Lakes hospital patients can now relax and enjoy movies and shows with no fear of cramps and discomfiture because of this adroitly planned auditorium layout.

EXTERIOR AND ENTRANCE was unchanged, but the added ramps at sides and rear of auditorium made it unnecessary for invalids to climb stairs.

FLOOR PLANS oi the first and second level show the nice proportions of the auditorium and the facilities for the movement and placement of handicapped patrons through the use 01 ramps.

PRIOR TO REMODELING the area was an old

combination auditorium-gymnasium using folding chairs and having the usual hazards and deficiencies of such rooms, as well as difficult sight-lines.

CRUTCH PATIENTS SECTION (above) is provided with special tootrests and metal rocks on the chair backs on which crutches are stowed. The Wheel Chair and Stretcher Section (below) has floor bumpers to prevent chairs from rolling on the floor. This theatre is believed to be the first of its type in the U. S.

1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 120