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1952 Theatre Catalog, 10th Edition, Page 50 (16)

1952 Theatre Catalog, 10th Edition
1952 Theatre Catalog
1952 Theatre Catalog, 10th Edition, Page 50
Page 50

1952 Theatre Catalog, 10th Edition, Page 50

ing to the auditorium, contributing an illusion of spaciousness. Red-bordered display frames on the wall provide the single note of vivid color.

With the eXCeption of two support columns placed at the extremes of the balcony, there is an unobstructed view from all points in the auditorium. A large, oval-shaped cove surrounding the ceiling, and holding concealed light fixtures, is the main source of illumination in the auditorium. There is no proscenium frame, the curtains following a shallow concave rail over the stage, and the stage frame curved slightly outward

to give a finished, though informal, effect. Belgium

In Belgium, the new Acropole, an

1,100-seat Showplace in Brussels, represents some interesting ideas in theatre design and a unique approach to the problem of inadequate entrance space. The theatre is situated off a main avenue, and a back street runs past the rear of the house. Since only about 12 feet of frontage was available on the avenue, the problem was how to plan the theatre so that it would be easily accessible from the main thoroughfare, afford adequate seating, and provide sufficient exit space. The problem was handily solved by building a long but narrow boxofiice and lobby within the confines of the 12-foot frontage on the avenue, with the lobby leading into an ample foyer. Numerous exit courts emptying into the back street were built in order to leave

I}! FRENCH MOROCCO. the 774-seat Renaissance, Rabat. resulted from the remodeling of an outmoded, slightly larger theatre. Worthy of a main-stern anywhere in the World. grand effects were achieved.

the front entrance free from congestion. The evacuation level rises about 25 feet above the entranCe level. By employing a stadium-type seating plan in the rear of the house, with semi-balcony situated over the foyer and the only entrance to the auditorium, additional space was gained for seating.

With its modern stepped ceiling, unusual asymmetrical design, and handsome appointments, the auditorium redects refined taste in structural planning and decoration. Italian marble has been used extensively throughout the nonshow areas of the theatre, notably in the inlaid pattern of the foyer door, to achieve an atmosphere of luxury.


The new theatres of Denmark, sedately modern, and built with the finest construction and decorative materials available anywhere, are continuing to meet the high standards which have long prevailed in the country.

One example is the Kino Palace, 3 well-planned, 815-seat house in Copenhagen. The original theatre was destroyed during the German occupation in 1944 by explosives placed in the building by saboteurs. Only the outside walls remained standing, and are incorporated in the new structure. The interior, hOWever, is entirely different from that of the old house. The result of architect I. Rimstadfs planning is a handsome, modernistically functional theatre, and the first showcase to open in Copenhagen since the end of the war.

The theatre is equipped with two Westrex Master projection machines, both with double film attachments for running separate picture and sound reels for reviewing double-film dailies (the Kino Palace is owned by ASA Film Studio) during the morning hours, as well as for screening ordinary release prints for public performances.

(For additional data on the Danish theatre industry and details of another new theatre in the country, see "The New Palads in Aarhus, Denmark? which appears in this edition.)


A high degree of progress in updating existing theatres and erecting new ones has been attained in the major cities of North Africa. In Algiers, for example, the new Ritz, Maison-Carree, smartly-styled and excellently equipped, is one of the countryis best theatres. Seating 750 in its main floor, balcony, and mezzanine, the Ritz is designed in the conventional Continental modern style, with a minimum of adornment inside and outside. Its auditorium come bines straight lines and plane surfaces, in the balcony and proscenium, with graceful curves, in the side walls and stage platform, to achieve harmony of design and good acoustics. In place of the customary candy stand there is a small cocktail bar, as is seen frequently in many deluxe houses of North Africa and Europe. The decorative treatment throughout, from facade, lobby, foyer, auditorium, and restrooms, is highly impressive for its very simplicity.

1952 Theatre Catalog, 10th Edition, Page 50