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1952 Theatre Catalog, 10th Edition, Page 186 (152)

1952 Theatre Catalog, 10th Edition
1952 Theatre Catalog
1952 Theatre Catalog, 10th Edition, Page 186
Page 186

1952 Theatre Catalog, 10th Edition, Page 186

bottleneck if the old controls are reimposed.

But the 200 pounds of copper is ample, if the power company will bring power overhead to the concession stand and projection room, for then you can later put the service underground to the concession stand and booth. There is then enough copper, in weight, to furnish the underground wiring for the speakers and also the wiring up of the buildings.

Several times We have been able to have the power company bring service from the back, to the concession stand, and then bring us another service to the tower, to furnish power at that location.

The pOWer companies are entitled to do this for you if they care to. They have a copper allotment, just as any other manufacturer or business does. If they will bring the power in overground, on poles, to where you need it, it is entirely legal and proper. Usually, the power company will protest but this is simply because they cannot ask for further allotments for each quarter, and they want their copper to go as far as

possible, giving service to as many people as possible. However, they can and probably will bring the power to you in this way, if you use some ingenuity and persuasion in talking with the company.

The underground wire for the speakers weighs a little over 17 pounds per thousand feet. An ordinary {BOO-car drive-in needs only 8,000 feet of underground wire, so that still leaves ample copper for wiring in everything eISe. If the power company is unwilling to bring the power in overhead, you might prevail upon your supplier of copper wire to cut the wire in suitable cord lengths, so that all you have to do is attach it from junction box to junction box. Thus it may be possible to interpret this as being Class B material. In other words, if you don,t have to fabricate the material on your job, and you purchase the wire simply as you would any other extension cord or cord length at the hardware store, you are privileged to use the wire without applying it against your quota. Since this is drawing the

THE- PICTUttE-VIEW WINDOW IS THE OUTSTANDING FEATURE of this typical concession-stand ulterior deSJgned and engineered by Theatre Equipment Company. It is light, airy and elficient.

line pretty fine, it would be advisable to check locally and see if the interpretation would apply in your area.

Combining Quarterly Allotments

There is another possibility. If you start the drive-in theatre in one quarter, and buy and use material in that


About the Author

As a drive-in theatre owner, theatre equipment manufacturer, and an, engineer, Mr. Boudouris is well qualz'jied as an empert in many phases of theatre construction and operation. In addition to being president, Theatre Equipment Compam, he also heads the Ephrad Corporation; is president, Ohio Drive-In Theatre Association; a member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers; (L member of the Institute of Radio Engineers, and is co-owner, Battle Creek Auto Theatre, Battle Creek, Mich., and the Tower Drive-In, ElyrirtLorain, 0.


quarter, then you can use an equivalent amount in the next quarter and succeeding quarters. Again, this is drawing the line a little fine and it would be advisable to check locally.

It, is possible, however unlikely it seems at this writing, that the rules will be liberalized even further or will remain unchanged, rather than be restored to their original rigidity. But to plan for adversity is a wise preparation for the future in these uncertain times.

ILLUSTRATING HOW POWER CAN BE BROUGHT IN FROM THE BACK. overhead to the center building, is the Indian Trail Drive-In. operated by Leo T. Jones in Upper Sandusky. Ohio.

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