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1952 Theatre Catalog, 10th Edition, Page 184 (150)

1952 Theatre Catalog, 10th Edition
1952 Theatre Catalog
1952 Theatre Catalog, 10th Edition, Page 184
Page 184

1952 Theatre Catalog, 10th Edition, Page 184

Building Drive-Ins During Metal Shortages

Limits on the Availability of Steel and Copper Need Not Rule Out Outdoor Theatre Construction

While government restrictions on theatre construction have been eased sufficiently to permit the building of some drive-in theatres, steel. copper, and aluminum remain in Short supply. Sudden, unpredictable changes in domestic or international conditions could further diminish or completely out off supplies of these metals and bring about the restoration of the construction ban. If, for some unforeseen reason, the supplies of steel, copper, and aluminum become limited enough to warrant new construction prohibitions, would the building of drive-in theatres necessarily come to a halt? The answer is no, for even under the original stringent NPA regulations it was possible to build small outdoor theatres within full compliance of the rules. The two regulations which were most restrictive were the two-ton limitation on steel and the ZOO-pound limitation on the use of copper.

(Present regulations, subject to change at any time, permit a theatre builder to use five tons of steel, 200 pounds of copper, and 250 pounds of aluminum in any one quarter. This means that if a builder started construction of a theatre in the last week of September,

By AL BOL'DOURIS President, Theatre Equipment Company. Toledo, Ohio

BRIEF: Steel, copper, and aluminum . . . while presently available in limited quantities for use in theatre construction . . . are still in short supply. But even what is today available could be sharply diminished or completely cut of} by sudden shifts in donmstic or international conditions. In such a highly possible eventuality, drive-in construction could conceivably continue . . . if government regulations are fully umlerstood and liberally interpreted . . . and if wood is used to do the job of steel in screen towers and speaker posts. Described in this article are some expedient measures which would be of ralue to a drive-in owner at any time . . . but which would assume special importance if NPA controls on theatre construction are restored to their original rigidity.

1952, which he would finish in January, 1953, he could purchase 15 tons of steel, 600 pounds of copper, and 750 pounds of aluminum, as his purchases would extend over three quarters.)

Assuming that conditions take an adverse turn and rigid controls are once more imposed on all commercial construction, it is still very likely that a SOD-car drive-in could be built and expanded each quarter to practically any size.

Class A. Class B Equipment

To understand how a modest drive-in could be built if the original controls are restored, the following NPA rules should be noted:

1. Class A equipment is that equipment which you purchase and fabricate into a roofed building or any other structure on your own site.

2. Class B equipment is that made of steel, copper or aluminum, which you buy as a completed unit and simply install when you bring it to your site.

ANOTHER GOO-CAR DRIVE-IN THEATRE designed, built and equipped by Theatre Equipment Company.

Owned by Mallets Brothers and located in Bluttton, Indiana, the theatre is equipped with Century

projection and sound. Strong lamps and rectifiers, and Eprad speakers. This is typical of construction under restricted conditions but, as can be seen, most acceptable facilities are provided.

1952 Theatre Catalog, 10th Edition, Page 184