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1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 26 (6)

1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition
1950-51 Theatre Catalog
1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 26
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1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 26

RICORNER OF POWDER-ROOM in the Paris. N. Y. C.. shows a section of the long dressing table With concealed lighting in the glass counter. natural-finish, plastic-upholstered chairs. and draperies.

group is lost, or when it is so large that the individual feels "buried in the crowd." The right choice of color can bring the theatre down or up to size.

Colors which have blue in them appear to "recede," while those which contain red or yellow seem to "advance" to the eye. Thus, a red chair 20f distant will seem to be a step nearer than a blue or bluish-green chair 20' distant (from another angle, of course, so that the eye does not have the opportunity to compare the positions on the floor.)

Example of Sophistication

An effective color scheme is that of the Paris, New York, designed by Warner-Leeds. The theatre is small with 150 seats in the mezzanine and 421 in the orchestra. Medium light-steel gray is used for the walls of the auditorium with a white ceiling to provide good reflection for the indirect lighting. Seat upholstery is terra cotta and the chair arms are in natural finish birch wood. The curtains are a Chartreuse hue, while the carpet is rust color. The resulting sophisticated effect is especially appropriate to this small, select theatre.

Example of Simplicity On the other hand, the Trylon, Forest

Hills, Long Island, N. Y., a neighborhood house in an unsophisticated sub

urban setting, achieves-with an overall color scheme of rust, green, and shades of beige and brownea simple effect which contrasts with that of the Paris.

Glamor Outside

Theatre marquees and ticket booths, since they are the first and closest contacts between patrons and management, should be decorated in glamorous tones which will serve to accentuate the showcase appearance of the outside. Lighting and wide glass door entrances which reflect the decorative impact of the foyer or lobby also serve to create an inviting impression.

Decorative Beauty Inside

The main opportunity for using color effectively lies in the lobby and foyer, since the interior is usually dimly lit. Patrons see the auditorium only between pictures, or when they are leaving, and while its physical appearance guides their impressions of the theatres quality, it is the lobby and foyer which set the mood; hence, they need principal attention.

A good plan for the foyer is to use a light, clear color such as pale bluegreen, plain blue, or yellow for the entrance walls and a dark contrasting shade (deep red for the blue-green, or blue and dark blue with the yellow) for

the end-Walls, which generally are too far apart in proportion to the depth. This effect can be further; enhanced by placing mirrors above dado height along the walls leading into the theatre.

Decor of Auditorium

In working out a strictly modern functional design for a theatre interior, where eye interest depends less on ornamentation than on the shape and texture of surfaces, it might be well to decorate in large masses of contrasting color. The nature of these colors and their use depend on the size and shape of the theatre, on Whether it is desirable to emphasize warmth or coolness, and on whether an objective is to make the sidewalls of a too-wide theatre appear closer together, or those of a too-narrow theatre seem more distant.

When selecting colors for the theatre auditorium, it is, of course, necessary to choose hues which will not reflect light from the screen. Sometimes * a slight change in color makes enough difference to cause or prevent light reflection. For example, a very bright, light pink on the walls would set a gay mood and appeal particularly to the element, but it would also reflect screen light; however, a dull pink, which would also please feminine patrons, would not do so.

Inviting Tones in Rest Rooms

The appearance of rest rooms can be improved by: pastel colors on walls and ceiling to give a fresh, clean look; vitreous ceramic mosaic tile or a resilient tile flooring, such as asphalt, cork, or rubber in colorful designs; and plenty of mirror areas to impart brightness and sparkle. The color scheme should be of vigorous tones for the mens room and soft, light shades for the powder room. The latter, especially, calls for an atmosphere of luxury and charm to which furniture, upholstery, and decorative fabrics should all contribute.

Restful Shades in Lounges

As far as lounges are concerned, the furniture, decorative fabrics, accessories, floor coverings, and background colors must be harmonized carefully in a related color pitch to create interest. A distinctive example is the basement lounge of the Paris (referred to previously). Chief color decorations there are provided by wallpaper with scenic etchings on a brown background, gray carpeting, and natural-finish chairs and tables which all combine to create a hospitable and restful atmosphere. At the far end of the lounge is a compact kitchen Where refreshments are prepared for patrons, and in that corner also are the telephone booth and entrance to the powder room.

Example of Other Applications

The architects advice cannot stop at the functional layout but should extend to eVerything that relates to the theatre, including uniforms, murals, draperies, etc. A clear example is the work of William LescaZc, architect for the Calderone, Hempstcad, Long Island, N. Y.

Here, as in every theatre, the underlying idca was to get across a feeling of festivity. The vibrant, gay interior scheme uses the simple technique of clear colors over large areas. Visitors

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