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1952 Theatre Catalog, 10th Edition, Page 49 (15)

1952 Theatre Catalog, 10th Edition
1952 Theatre Catalog
1952 Theatre Catalog, 10th Edition, Page 49
Page 49

1952 Theatre Catalog, 10th Edition, Page 49

than that of many other European countries which emerged from the war with less bomb damage and more stable economies. The greatest amount of new theatre construction is going on in the small towns, often where the localityis only place of entertainment was a theatre destroyed in the war, and a replacement is somewhat of a necessity. Though fewer in number, the large theatres being erected in the big cities are highly impressive for their modern good looks and technical excellence.

Two theatres which opened in German cities during the year provide striking contrasts in architectural treatment. The Metro im Schwan, Frankfurt, is of the simple-line, unadorned type, which was typical of the houses built in the years following World War I. The other, the Capitol, Kassel, raised from the rubble of a former theatre has an auditorium which displays curves and coves in a great variety, with walls treated in a way which suggests quilting. The ceil-' ings have an interesting multiple fan design.

The balcony of the Capitol continues the curve motif of the entire auditorium, its front sweeping around at its extremities in a bold, descending curve to terminate at loge level, well forward toward the screen. The stage is of shallow-bowl design, the screen curtains

RUINS of the old theatre Were cleared away and the Kino Palaeet was the first of many to open.

following the convex rim of the bowl a few feet withiny and sweeping back to the walls. There is no proscenium frame. The pear shape of the auditorium and its curved surfaces throughout aid in achieving near-perfect acoustics. Architect Paul Boda has given special attention to the traffic How of the Capitol by aligning entrances and exits, and welding them into an harmonious composition.

The Metro im Schwan, on the other hand, is extremely simple in design, its beauty achieved through a happy marriage of light and color. The walls and corridors of the cntrancc hall are perfcctly plain, but arc set oil" by indirect lightingr from fixtures mountcd in metal cm'cs. The ticket counter, centered in the cntranco hall, is Sct bctwr'cn four entirely unrclievvd pillars, as barc as trm- trunks. whilc the Hour of green marble, with grconislrblack stops load "'52 THEATRE CATALOG

IN DENMARK, the new 800.5eat Kine Palaeet. Copenhagen. replaces a theatre destroyed by explosives during World War II. While the front is a little confused, the interior is typical of modem desxgn and

appointments. Once again note the tastefully appointed bar that dominates the foyer.
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