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1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 256 (236)

1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition
1950-51 Theatre Catalog
1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 256
Page 256

Drive-ins Mentioned

Preston Drive-In Theater, Louisville, KY

1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 256

THE PLOT PLAN ABOVE shows the compact arrangement of recreation facilities at th M t r-I Theatre, Malaga, Calif. BELOW: the neat layout oi miniature (min truck at the Starlite, Mesiordo. oOren.

A NOTABLE FEATURE of the Preston Drive-In. Louisville, Ky.. is the small train by the Miniature Train Co. It runs on two hacks. one near the concession stand. while the other lollows the highway.

Oftentimes, it will be possible to incorporate layouts for certain rides, such as miniature trains and motorboats, neatly into the landscaping scheme of the theatre. Tracks for the former can wind past and draw attention to certain interesting scenic features in the theatre grounds, while the latter may run along attractive water courses around the grounds and thereby add to their promotional value.

In addition to thorough inspections of mechanical devices by qualified experts at regular intervals, daily checks should also be made to make sure that there are no loose parts to cause trouble. All equipment should, naturally, be kept oiled, greased, and otherwise serviced. Careful storage during the closed season Will help to maintain it in good working order.


The very fact that they are mobile requires that mechanical rides be supervised. In spite of thorough safeguards, children often find ways to injure themselves with mechanical devices, and experience seems to indicate that an attendant is required for each single or pair of small rides to see to it that things go smoothly.

Supervisors should be chosen who not only understand the rides, but who also are fond of children and know how to handle them. Qualified women may be employed for supervisory jobs, provided they are granted sufiicient authority and not given tasks which tax their strength unduly.

Operating Policies

The question of whether or not to charge a nominal fee for rides has been a subject of heated debate since they Were first introduced to drive-in recreation areas. There are, of course, valid arguments on both sides.

Outdoor theatre operators who are opposed to charging admissions for rides contend that they should be regarded as extra services furnished free by the management. They feel that many patrons would be unwilling to pay for the cost of several rides on top of the charge for admission to the theatre. In other words, this group looks upon rides in the same way that roofed theatre operators
1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 256