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1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 310 (288)

1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition
1950-51 Theatre Catalog
1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 310
Page 310

1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 310

DRAMATIC THEATRE CARPET'ING EFFECTS are not accidental. Ton: A popular Alexander Smith design carries the main ornamental 'interest in the otherwise quietly modern lounge of the new Crest, Great Bend. .Kansas. Center: A Guhstan diamond leaved pattern gives a feeling at great spaciousness in the semi-circular doyer oi the Garland. Spokane, Washington. Bottom: Large decorative. plumes n! the Mohawk desxgn share the ornamental accent in the lounge 0! the Gaylynn, Beaumont, Texas.

Figuring Underlining Yardage

The underlining yardage is figured by taking the total net carpet yardage, without allowance for matching or waste, multiplying it by 3, and then dividing by 4 to get the number of square yards of lining required. In re-carpeting jobs, new underlining is often necessary, for after long use linings tend to flatten out and may be damp and dirt-filled. Underlining should always be installed so that it is two inches inward from the carpet

edges. Providing Storage Space

Before a bundled roll of new carpet is shipped, steps should be taken to have adequate storage space set aside for it, for usually carpet will be the last item in a theatre installation. The storage space should be clean, dry, and large enough so that it will not have to be bent, an action which might well break its back. No girders, beams, or sharp instruments should be placed near the stored carpet.

Readying the Floor

When installation is to take place, the floor areas must be completely dry and thoroughly cleaned of all refuse, especially cement and plaster. A strong knife or cold chisel should be used to get the floor perfectly smooth and free. All surfaces should be checked to be sure that dampness cannot seep in, for dampness underneath can shorten the life of floor coverings appreciably.

Effects of Radiant Heating

Radiant heating is not harmful to wool carpet, according to studies made by the Carpet Institute. The insulating effect which soft door coverings have on heated fioor slabs is not great enough to put properly designed and installed systems off balance, and the temperature level at which these systems operate will have no damaging effect on the carpet. The possibility of enough moisture coming through the concrete to cause mildew development is negligible.

Other Considerations

Cigarettes may char carpet, but wool and chemifibers, such as hair underlining, are fire retardants, and, unless exposed to direct fiame, the carpet will not burn. Air conditioning units need cause no carpet worries for the theatre owner. On the contrary, some moisture in the air is a tonic for carpet, for excessive dryness can dull a carpet's looks and reduce its resiliency.


Soft floor coverings should not prove a headache for the maintenance department, as both wool and chemifibers are high in dirt resistance. Day-to-day care and emergency first aid, in addition to regular annual or semi-annual professional cleaning, should keep theatre carpeting in line shape for a long time.

The selection of quality carpeting, sturdy wear-resistant underlining, and a first-class installation job, plus conscientious daily care, will pay off in long carpet life. Carpet contributes to theatre appeal, and every house deserves the best in quality and maintenance.

1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 310