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1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 446 (422)

1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition
1950-51 Theatre Catalog
1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 446
Page 446

1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 446


Proper Handling of Theatre Supplies

An Efficient System for Ordering, Storing, and Issuing Housekeeping Items Is Explained Herein

BRIEF: No theatre housekeeping program . . . which purports to accomplish the desired results in cleanliness . . . can be set up in a haphazard fashion . . . The supplies . . . so vital in. the correct and thorough performance of the necessary chores . . . must be handled in accordance with a system that will assure maximum efficiency in their usage.

Described here is a supply system . . . conceived and put into practice by an executive of a leading circuit . . . which offers practical solutions to such problems as: storage . . . . ordering . . . . and inventory . . . The methods outlined here will . . . in all probability . . . be helpful to other theatremen with supply problems.

---- A good housekeeping program, obviously essential in the proper maintenance of any theatre, depends largely for its

success on the correct handling of required supplies. As a matter of fact, an efficient system for ordering, arranging, issuing, and supervising the use of supplies is absolutely necessary, if maximum service is to be obtained from them and extravagant waste avoided.

Fully alive to the importance of sound methods in ordering, storing, dispensing, and using theatre supplies, John D. Conner, City Manager of the Pulaski and Dalton (two Neighborhood Theatre, Inc., houses in Pulaski, Va.), has developed a system for this purpose which appears to fulfill all of the goals to be desired in simplicity and efficiency of operation.

Centraliza'l'ion of Items

Under the Conner system, supplies for both theatres are kept in the supply room at the Dalton, a 919-seat house originally built in 1921; the Pulaski has a seating capacity of 845 and was first constructed in 1910. It has been found

that great economies have been effected by combining supplies for the two houses in one supply room and issuing them as needed because there is little danger of the over-buying or waste that often result from dispersal of supply sources.

Purchase Order System

When supplies are to be ordered, a purchase order system devised by Conner is said to result in a notable saving of time, edort, and money. Each purchase order sheet is clearly dated and the name of the vendor, which must be a reputable firm that Will deliver the desired goods at the lowest possible prices and best discounts, stated exactly at the top. The quantities requested are marked opposite each item, which is described fully with complete specifications, the net unit price, and the total cost. The theatrels name, location, and signature of the city manager must be on each order.

not only to the future uselulness oi the supplies themselves but to the efficiency of llawless inventory control. Theatres at distances from normal supply stores will find that there are both savings and good management in such supply stock rooms. at times oi either real or eniorced scarcities.

THE SUPPLY POOL irom which both the Pulaski and Dalton Theatres draw their needs is located in the Dalton. Neatly shelved and stocked. all supplies are kept properly grouped in relation to their theatre use, and are visible (or a spot check at any time. Cleanliness and orderliness are important

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1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 446