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1952 Theatre Catalog, 10th Edition, Page 32 (xxxii)

1952 Theatre Catalog, 10th Edition
1952 Theatre Catalog
1952 Theatre Catalog, 10th Edition, Page 32
Page 32

1952 Theatre Catalog, 10th Edition, Page 32

A saving generally can be effected by disconnecting the large motors in the air conditioning system during the months when cooling is not needed.


Should it be necessary to install a new wiring system in the auditorium, it is wise to install also some autos transformer type dimmers, which differ from the resistance type in that they allow only that amount of current which is actually being consumed at the fixtures to be used. "This type of installation permits a great measure of economy, as only one wiring circuit is required to the fixtures, which can be dimmed to ttfull on" down to Tout." These dimmers are available in both automatic and hand-operated models.

All codes require provisions for emergency lighting, and these provisions may be satisfied in most cases by the installation of two 500-750 watt outlets in the main ceiling, connected to the emergency panel, and with secondary control through a three-way switch installed in the janitofs closet, or some other place where it will be readily accessible to the night cleaners. Thus, the requirements for both emergency lighting and cleaning illumination are met.


A check list of equipment necessary for the operation of a theatre, much of it equipment which will require replacement, repair or servicing during the remodeling program, is noted below. After each item is checked, it may be found that many items not included will suggest themselves, or that some of the items listed were overlooked in the orig inal remodeling plans. Following are the essentials:

The List

Acoustical material Announcement frames and stands Carpets Chairs, cashieris Chairs, theatre Changeable letters Cleaning equipment Brooms Pails Mops Rags, etc. Coin machine Decorative painting Directional signs DiSplay frames Electric bulbs Exit signs Exterior signs Fire extinguishers and axes Furniture, house Furniture, office Holdout posts Holdout rails Holdout ropes House drapes Lighting fixtures Lockers Picture booth equipment Horns Motor generators Picture sheet Projection Sound Public address system Rubber mats Sand urns Stage drapes Stage rigging Ticket chopper Ticket machine Towel holders

pleasing form,

Uniforms Vacuum cleaners Wall fabrics Waste receptacles


In Summary, budget limitations and government restrictions greatly limit the extent to which time-worn theatres can be transformed into show-places which are attractive and up to modern standards of comfort and motion picture presentation. Under these circumstances, all that can be done to enhance the earning power of each situation must be determined by a careful surVey, conducted with the authoritative advice and knowx how of experts in all the various fields involved in theatre remodeling. Each facet of the program should be developed into an individual project, with costs pre-determined as accurately as possible in each case, and these projects should be classified in order of importance so that first things are done first.

Modern methods of integrating eyee with efficient function are to be credited for creating a new concept in theatrical design which differs from the primitive layout of the old nickelodeons as much as the first horseless carriages differ from the sleek masterpieces of automotive designing that come off todayis assembly lines. Trick architectural effects and baroque decor went out with high buttoned shoes.

The trend today is toward simple lines, heavy emphasis on comfort, and functional good looks. That is the combination which will attract patrons and keep them coming back for the enjoyable evenings that only a completely modern theatre can bring.

49 YEAhS OLD but looking us fresh as tomorrow. is (his recently remodeled HEILEG, EUGENE, ORE. Originally built in 1308 as a stage theatre. its 1952 remodeling brought an conditlonmg, a cycloran-uc screen, Kroehler upush-back" chairs, and a general excellence unsurpassed by younger contemporaries.


1952 Theatre Catalog, 10th Edition, Page 32