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1952 Theatre Catalog, 10th Edition, Page 183 (149)

1952 Theatre Catalog, 10th Edition
1952 Theatre Catalog
1952 Theatre Catalog, 10th Edition, Page 183
Page 183

1952 Theatre Catalog, 10th Edition, Page 183


bodying the same genera] principal as STILL ANOTHER FLA-N- could be adopted wherehone 'lh'eatxe with a 969 lfurbcupcxcity wogld sufiice. the first, were drawn up to be applied 01' where budget difficulties are encountered i e original proposal mlg t e constructe in parts.

under such circumstances.

Alfernafe Plans

The first alternate plan calls for a larger parking area to accommodate 1,200 cars, and eliminates the balcony for walk-ins. The two sections of the theatre form a diamond instead of a semi-circle, as in the original plan. The second alternate plan reduces the capacity to 960 cars, also eliminates the walk-in section, and has but one Screen. Under this second alternate plan, the whole theatre would closely resemble one of the two sections in the original proposal.

After copyrighting the idea for the center and applying for patents on its design, our company planned to license the project under a royalty basis, and collect a percentage of the theatre grosses but not share in the shopping and recreation area returns. At the time government restrictions were imposed on commercial construction, several investors were negotiating with our company for franchises to operate indoor drive-ins in St. Louis, Minneapolis, and Toronto. In addition, several large insurance companies have been very receptive to the idea of financing such projects in other parts of the country. ' \

Having evolved from the dream stage W 3) to the drafting board, the indoor drive- ' * c

in theatre is but one short step removed . . from realization. - ALTLKHAlLi PLAH- b'

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EDITOR'S NOTE: For those who doubt the forward-thinking realism of Mr. Agey's views.

As a glimpse into the future: a revolutionary rain-defying amphitheatre, that can be covered by a huge plastic umbrella in two and one half minutes, will be built in Pittsburgh when government restrictions on metals use are lifted.

This novel structure will house the activities of the Pittsburgh Light Opera Association. The elementsefree arena, believed by its designers to be the worlds first, will be used for concerts, lectures and stage performances. One switch will operate the cover.

Seating 9500 patrons, the plastic. fabric tent top of this unusual bowl will be Supported by a movable steel framework. A giant arch-like frame extending from the rear to the center is the key to the arrangement. At the 0nd of this cantilever u mast will rise overhead. From here, commcting cables will run to the various roof segments.

$500,000 of the estimated $1,000,000 cost has already been provided from the Edgar J. Kaufl'mann trust fund, and the balance has been pledged by the city of Pittsburgh.

1952 Theatre Catalog, 10th Edition, Page 183