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1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 284 (262)

1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition
1950-51 Theatre Catalog
1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 284
Page 284

1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 284

ADVERTISING AND TRAFFIC DIREC'I'ING VALUES are lay-products oi the rubber link mats that are so popular in theatre lobbies. It is also possible to create illusions of enlarged or minimized dimensions.

thicker than the tread itself. However, if the tread is not rubber alone, but a compound of rubber and cord, it is not necessary to increase this thickness at the curve of the nosing.

Although there are several types of stair tread nosing, the plain rubber type, which extends over the lip and back about an inch on the stair, is one of the most common. When this kind of nosing

is used, the carpet can be brought up to the point where an even joint is formed. The carpet is thus protected, for only the nosing receives the wear.

Every theatre operator should remember that it is on the nosing of a stair that his tread or carpet will show the greatest wear. These nosings may be installed by cementing to the stair surface. Of course, if the stair itself is of

THE DEEPLY CORRUGATED corded runner previously illustrated can be used for throw purposes to protect carpets in wet weather, as well as in heavy traffic areas where wear will create embarrassment.

wood construction, a corded rubber stair tread may be tacked on it.


In order to insure long life and extended service, rubber mats must be properly cared for and maintained. Since the present emergency may eventually curtail their production, it behooves every theatreman to acquaint himself with the correct ways of preserving his mats. The following suggestions for this purpose are offered in the hope that management and employees will be guided accordingly.

Practices To Be Followed

After all ordinary floor mopping has been done, rubber mats may be scrubbed with a deck or scrub brush using clean, lukewarm water and a mild cleaning compound (no astringent oil base soaps). By all rights, the top surfaces (at least) of theatre mats should be washed a couple of times a week to keep them free of grime. It is always advisable, however, to wash the bottoms of mats at the same time in a similar fashion. Likewise, the area on which the mat lies should be cleaned thoroughly.

All mats should be rinsed and dried thoroughly before they are returned to use. Link types may be rolled up loosely and stood on end to dry, while solid molded mats should he stood on their sides and allowed to drain and dry. A solid mat should never be rolled too tightly, as there is always the danger of cracking it.

Practices To Be Avoided

Sharp objects should never be dragged over any type of mat, and heavy things, such as film cans or cases, should never be thrown on them because cuts and tears will inevitably result.

Mats should never he grabbed at one end (either by hand or a hook) and carelessly dragged out of their positions on the fioor, for the resultant weakening will cause them to curl up and present a real traffic hazard to theatre patrons. Possible tearing is also prevented by avoidance of this practice. If it is necessary to move a mat, it is advisable to have two men handle it.

Finally, colored mats should never be exposed to direct sunlight for long periods of time because the colors in the matting are quite liable to fade, even though they are sufficiently color-fast under normal theatre lighting conditions.


It should be pointed out, in closing, that any theatre operator contemplating a rubber mat installation would do well to seek the advice of a competent authority on the subject. In addition to firms with trained staffs of men who specialize in solving matting problems, many theatre supply companies have representatives well acquainted with the qualities of the various types of matting available.

The purchase of rubber mats for theatre installation is not at all comparable to buying mats for use outside the front entrances of homes or in automobiles. There are many factors to be considered that the average theatre operator may overlook, so it is best to rely upon the technical knowledge and experience of a matting engineer in making a selection.

1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 284