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1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 259 (239)

1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition
1950-51 Theatre Catalog
1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 259
Page 259

1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 259

RAMP INDICATORS are cast in two sections accommodating a large variety and number of speaker lights. The word "VACANCY" is a plastic panel with painted letters partially illuminated by pin lights of vacant speakers. The word "FULL" is in cast letters with a unit light that flashes on when the last indicator light flashes off. The ramp number disc is attached with same bolt that secures indicator.

110. The wiring was installed at the same time the speaker wire was run in the theatres where the system is now in use, and the junction boxes were drilled in advance by the speaker manufacturer. Although the Ezell management used approximately 125,000 feet of wire per theatre to rig up the system in each of the four 750-800 car drive-ins, this figure will, of course, vary with the size of the operation.

It should be noted, however, that considerably more expense would be involved in adding this traiiic control system to

ENGINEERING DETAILS of the iunction boot showing in cut-away sections the two plunger type switches. The very weight of the speaker in its cradle


drive-ins that have already been completed because the paving would have to be disturbed to run the extra wiring required. Furthermore, junction boxes would have to be removed and drilled, a job which could be performed by the drive-in owner or a local machine shop with a jig; there would be no real necessity for returning them to the original manufacturer for drilling.


Although present plans do not call for the design and installation of a central

INITIAL INSTALLATION in a Claude Ezell newer drive-in. It is claimed that this new system stops hazardous "cruising" in the dark to find an empty space and removes need for ramp attendants.

board in the managers office or boxoiiice, to which information or ramp vacancies could be transmitted from the individual ramp indicator boards for hold-out or checking purposes, Reynolds states that such a master panel could be added to advantage and may receive future consideration.

This automatic traffic control system is protected by U. S. Patent No. 159319 in the name of Albert H. Reynolds and is assigned to Ezell and Associates. Permission to use it can be obtained for a small fee.

activates the switch and turns on the corresponding indicator light. Side view shows the size relationship of the switch to the iunction box.
1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 259