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1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 30 (10)

1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition
1950-51 Theatre Catalog
1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 30
Page 30

1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 30

PRACTICALITY OF ASPHALT TILE for theatre use is shown in above views of lobb and led ' I of Trylon. Forest Hills. 1.. 1., N. Y. BELOW: 1. Rubber tile flooring in lobby of the] Hobart.x$oo%lsli:i;:






Asphalt tile on wainscoting oi stairway

in Loew's National.


N. Y. C.

that area will innuence the choice of the material best suited for it. In concentrated high-traffic areas, such as the lobby and foyer, concrete and terrazzo prove to be of practical advantage. Cork tile may be used in the auditorium, rubber or ceramic tile in rest rooms, and asphalt tile or linoleum in lounges. A proper selection, however, must carry out the principal objective of theatre design-functional estheticism.

Concrete and Terrazzo

Concrete is perhaps the most favored of all materials for use in the heavy traffic areas of the theatre, but terrazzo is also ideal for this purpose with its durable qualities. Furthermore, in the interests of decorative appeal, it has novel design possibilities of a pictorial or geometric nature in any combination of colors.

Asphalt Tile

This type of fioor covering has been steadily growing in favor for theatre use because it embodies a number of qualities which make it particularly suitable for this purpose. First of all, its decorative and design possibilities are almost endless; Kentile asphalt tile, for example, is available in 25 diiTerent colors. Special tiles with insets of letters and designs are helpful in marking off sections and rounding out a decorative scheme.

Furthermore, the non-slip qualities of asphalt tile provide a priceless accident preventive, while maintenance is reduced to a minimum; all that is required to keep it clean is a washing with mild lukewarm soapsuds.

Cork Tile

Cork tile flooring, such as Kencork, is of particular advantage to theatres because of its high acoustical properties. The air-filled material helps make the interior virtually soundproof with footsteps practically inaudible. In addition, it has a high safety value because it is skid-proof. There is no danger of persons slipping or sliding on the surface when they come in from wet streets, since cork tigripsii anything pressed against it.

From the decorative standpoint, cork tile iiooring rates high because beautiful effects can be achieved with random shades ranging from oak to walnute rich coloring which blends well with any design plan and creates an air of luxury.

Rubber Tile

Rubber tile fiooring has a cushioning resiliency which provides comfort and quiet underfoot. This material acts as a shock absorber and a mutl'ier of sounde qualities greatly valued by both management and patrons.

Kentile rubber tile, for example, comes in 15 colors with delicately-Veined and marbleized effects to make it highly adaptable to decorative Hoor designs. Pictorial inserts in this material provide a further opportunity to individualize the theatre floor, and inch-wide feature strips can be used to add variety. Linoleum, available in roll form, tiles, and in borders with individual motifs has, like rubber tile, a wide range of colors which make harmony with any decorative scheme possible.

1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 30