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1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 200 (180)

1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition
1950-51 Theatre Catalog
1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 200
Page 200

1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 200

AN OVERALL VIEW FACING SOUTH in the left illustration ShOVV'S the quartet of separate parking areas at the Four-Screen Drive-In. Chicago.

St. Ann Drive-In. St. Louis

Although this Saint Louis Amusement Company project is due to open in the spring of 1951, construction had not been entirely completed at the time of this writing; hence, its owners were

unwilling to release much data on it for inclusion in this edition of THEATRE

CATALOG. However, it is pictured here as another example of the adoption of Architect Wilsonis four-screen scheme.

Like its Chicago counterpart, the St. Ann has a quartet of screens which permit an equal four-way division of the car capacity, so that no automobile will be more than approximately 325' from the screen of the unit in which it is parked. A similar eight-lane holdout area has been provided to take trach off the main highway. Near the entrance to the theatre area proper, these eight lanes are divided into four channels by

means of concrete dividers. Each of these channels leads, of course, to a separate section of the theatre.

The managers office, rest rooms, refreshment stand, and projection booth are likewise housed in a single structure in the center of the site. Projection is handled by the same split-beam optical system used at the Chicago operation. It is hoped that a more complete written and pictorial presentation of the St. Ann may be included in the pages of the 1951-52 Edition of THEATRE CATALOG.


Due to the considerable interest which the economical four-screen design has already aroused in the ranks of the drive-in industry, it is reasonable to

RIGHT: The name of the theatre is prominently displayed at the head of the main entrance drive. whence cars teed into the four unit lanes.

assume that a number of other outdoor theatres built will be constructed on this plan as soon as the government ban on amusement construction is lifted. The practical layout incorporated in the

scheme certainly makes for flexibility of '

operation, and it is estimated that the construction economies effected permit the building of a four-screen drive-in at one-third to one-half the cost of a conventional drive-in with a 1,200car capacity.

Although Architect Wilson holds a patent on the scheme, he does not, however, endeavor to collect any royalties or to sell any franchises for its use. He simply allows the patent rights to go along with his architectural and engineering services.

CONSTRUCTION WAS STILL IN PROGRESS on the St. Ann Drive-In, St, Louis, when this shot was

taken showing the fence. boonices, central

building, and two of the tour screens erected.

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