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1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 195 (175)

1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition
1950-51 Theatre Catalog
1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 195
Page 195

1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 195

PLAN OF THE BOXOFFICE is efficient for the handling of two traitic lanes by one cashier and two car hops. It is interesting to note the convenient

bered to enable rapid assembly on the job site. Salt-treated lumber and tempered masonite were chosen for the main part of the construction, and the saws were designed to cut up to 15 sheets of the latter at one time. The finished panels were marked, numbered, and stored for shipment to the job site.

The boxoflice buildings (which include the managers office, desk, and file cabinets), concession stands, projection booths, attraction signs (including storage room for changeable letters), screen towers, and the power cut-in station were all prefabricated. We also made our own letters for the attraction boards, advertising frames, all cabinets and counters for the concession buildings, and all fence posts were cut and holes drilled in the plant. Ramp markers, directional signs, exhaust vents for the projection machines, and other miscellaneous items were produced in our tin shop. All of the above pieces were completed in the plant and shipped out to the theatre site as one unit.

Screen Tower Design

The screen towers were designed in three sections, which were completely bolted together on the ground and pulled up into place individually by a light motor crane at the job sites. The roofs on all the buildings were a steel Q-deck type, cut according to our specifications by the manufacturer. This type of roof is designed to cover long spans and to support its own weight.

Screen surfaces were constructed of tempered masonite with the rough side out. While we were aware that transite board would have made better screen surfaces, the masonite was much easier and faster to handle as well as more economical for our purpose. Since the masonite uSed for the screen surfaces received one coat of paint in the prefab plant before shipment to location, it was only necessary to apply one coat of paint at the site before erection, thus speeding up the construction process.


Boxoftice Plan

Falling back on experience gained in operating other drive-ins, we designed the boxofiices with ttY" shape fronts to sell tickets on two sides. Popcorn warmers were built into the wall with doors both inside and outside on each side of the glass-enclosed cashieris cage. The popcorn operator places the popcorn boxes into the warmer from the inside of the building, and they are removed through the other door on the outside of the building by the car attendant. The popcorn machine may be located either inside or outside of the boxoliice, depending on the weather.

The attraction boards were indirectly lighted with a panel opening on each side containing five tracks 20' in length capable of holding 12-inch letters. Storage space for the letters was built right into the attraction signs.

Concession Stand Design

The concession buildings, located in the center of each theatre area, were constructed of adjoining masonite panels. The panels were designed so that the buildings could be raised or lowered 15" to fit the individual situation and insure a proper view of the screen. Each concession building and projection room are under the same roof and separated by a breeze-way. The refreshment area is open to the screen and has counter space across the front and down one side. The fronts of the concession stands are encased with glass across the top with removable panels at the bottom which can be taken off for ventilation during the summer months. Separate counters for salt, pepper, mustard, dressing, pickles, etc., are set up on the opposite side of the breeZe-way across from the service counter, so that valuable space will not be taken up by customers dressing sandwiches, hot dogs, etc., after sales have been made.

Through many experiments and tests at our other drive-ins, we had already decided on exactly what was to be sold at the concession stands and how the

manager's office, the built-in popcorn warmers. and the alternate locations for the popcorn machine dependent on weather conditions and traiiic load.

cabinets and counters should be designed for peak efficiency under a itstation" system type of operation. We used one type of equipment in all of the 20 driveins, including grills, steam tables for hot dogs and buns, drink machines, etc. Since one kind of equipment is used throughout the entire circuit, our maintenance department can stock the necessary parts to make immediate repairs on any piece of equipment in the event of a breakdown.

Construction and Erection

In constructing and erecting the prefabricated drive-ins, four teams were set up to do the work:

Team No. 1 was the grading crew. Arrangements were made with a grading contractor who had plenty of equipment to do the entire project. This crew was, of course, the first on the job site, after the engineering had been completed, to do all of the grading, set up the ramps, etc. A portion of this crew came in later to handle the surfacing and other matters, once construction had reached the proper stage.

Team No. 2 poured the foundations, concrete floors, etc., for the buildings and set the foundations for the screen tower. This group included a plumber and an electrician who laid underground pipe and conduit and itiroughed inii the plumbing.

Team No. 3 actually set up and assembled the prefabricated buildings, including the screen tower.

Team No. 4, the finishing crew, painted the buildings, the screen tower, and did the decorating as well. The various buildings and structures were given separate treatments in painting, for example, in each location.

Our engineering department coordinated their electrical work and equipment installations with the work of the aforementioned teams. The crews coordinated very well during the construction period, except, of course, during spells of bad weather, when certain ones were unable to work; thus, some unavoidable ttlost motioni' resulted.
1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 195