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1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 283 (261)

1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition
1950-51 Theatre Catalog
1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 283
Page 283

1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 283

matting installation goes a long way toward reducing the staggering costs of frequent carpet cleaning and replacement. Furthermore, the use of rubber mats to trap harmful dirt is by no means restricted to the entrance or lobby. Inexpensive, corded rubber runners in color have been developed which may be used to protect carpeting in such heavy traffic areas as those around refreshment stands. In this particular connection, they retain spilled drinks, candy, popcorn. ice cream, etc., in grooves below the level of the foot and keep them from iiowing out onto the carpet.


There are perhaps more than 50 different types of rubber mats on the market today. Many of these are made from tire fabric, others are of a colored rubber link type, and the remainder mostly fall into the simple perforated, corrugated, and corrugated-perforated categories.


This type of mat is manufactured with a smooth top surface in which there are perforations. Although they can be

CORRUGATED RUNNERS have many uses as iloor protectors and have 1/3 inch deep ridges.

made in various patterns, perforated mats have little value in the theatre field because their dirt-removing 'and nonslip properties are practically nil.


Running in thickness from 1/3" to 3/3" and in rolls up to 50 yards long, corrugated matting provides a fairly safe walkway but is generally classified merely as a fioor protector. The ordinary type cannot trap dirt effectively because there are no holes in it.

There are, however, corrugated types of matting with ribs running in diii'erent directions which are 1/3" to 12" higher than the back surface. These mats will hold some dirt and prevent it from being tracked into the theatre, but they have a big disadvantage in that they can hold only so much dirt and are difiicult to clean.


Popular with theatres for many years, this type of mat can be made in attractive patterns and has a corrugated surface with perforations through to the bottom. While it removes more dirt from feet than the ordinary corrugated kind, Its ability to do so is lessened considerably when the fine corrugations, which


RECENTLY INTRODUCED is a low priced deeply corrugated runner matting that creates a pleasing effect when installed wall-lo-wall. Cleaning maintenance with a mop or hose would he very simple.

are not very high above the bottom surface, wear smooth. At the same time, the safety factor is likewise diminished.


Among the various types of link mats is the tire fabric variety. Although it is a fairly good product and is quite suitable for use in a factory or institution, it possesses none of the eye appeal necessary in a theatre mat. Made of old tires, it takes a long time to dry out when wet and does not stop water from being tracked into the theatre and onto the carpets.

Another type in the link category, however, the colored rubber kind, is a mat that combines all the good points of the other Varieties mentioned but has none of their drawbacks. It has one especially distinctive advantage from the point of view of maintenance in that new links may be easily inserted into worn areas toimake the mat as good as new. In the case of solid rubber matting, on the other hand, it is almost impossible to vulcanize a new section into a defective area, so the mat must usually be disposed of in the interests of safety.

INSTALLATION Corrugated-Perforated

All rubber mats can be made to fit an entire lobby from wall to wall and door to door, but it is more practical, particularly as far as the corrugated-perforated types are concerned, to cut them up into units four to five feet square. The floor should be laid off and brass dividers used between each square.


Link type mats can be made in widths and lengths that will distribute the square footage of the lobby area equally. The mats can be easily rolled from the inner doors to the outer doors for cleaning, as it is only necessary to fasten them in position on a severe ramp. Fasteners have been developed which fit between the holes of the links, screw

. into the door beneath, and do not pro trude above the top surface of the mat.

S'l'air Nosings

The nosing or lip incorporated in a stair tread made out of rubber should be

COLORS AND DESIGNS are without limit in rubber link matting. Thoroughly anchored on the

steep ramp of the Albert Theatre, Berlin,


New Hampshire they complement the decoration.
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