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1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 115 (81)

1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition
1953-54 Theatre Catalog
1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 115
Page 115

1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 115

but with all fittings kept fairly looseh can be lifted into position and set down into the concrete.

Alignment of all frame members is of paramount importance, both to assure the best appearance and performance and maximum structural strength. So, while the concrete is still wet, and the fittings still loose, a level should be used on all members to bring them into perfect alignment, to make sure that top beams are level and straight, and vertical supports perpendicular to the ground. After alignment, the fittings can be pulled down tightly, and the concrete allowed to harden.

Here is a seemingly minor butoccasionally overlooked point. No apparatus should be attached to the frames nor any playground unit be placed in use until the concrete footings have hardened thoroughly. Forty-eight hours is the minimum time which should be allowed, with 72 hours a much safer period of waiting.

Time of Installations

With the installation prints as a guide, playground equipment can be installed in a relatively short time. For instance, three men can install swing sets of the various standard sizes in four to six hours; combination units, in five to six hours; Castle Towers, three to six hours; and slides, three to six hours.

Playground equipment will deliverlonger and better performance if the upright supports are anchored deeply and solidly in concrete. Concrete around the base of all frame support members should be troweled smooth and somewhat conically so that it is highest at the pipe members proper. It is recommended that at least four inches of turf cover all concrete footing, level with the ground line. This adds safety for the youngsters, protects footing, and can be seeded. For an extra measure of safety, the turf could be covered with tanbark, sawdust or shavings to cushion possible falls from the apparatus.


When the drive-in season ends, the time has come for inspecting, repairing, repainting, and storing the playground apparatus so that it will be all in readiness for use, without delays the following spring.

All equipment should be brought into safe repair to start each season, of course. Equally important, however, it should be maintained in perfect repair throughout the year. All apparatus should be inspected at regular intervals during the season. Frequent inspections will focus attention promptly on recurring acts of vandalism, the greatest single threat to recreational equipment.

Care of Apparatus

Wood parts of apparatus should be carefully inspected. Badly worn, spline tery or cracked siderails, swing seats or see-saw boards definitely are dangerous for the children, and should be repaired or replaced promptly. Swing chains, hooks, all hangers and frame fittings should be. checked carefully, too, for badly worn parts or sections of apparatus are (louny hazardous.


All wood parts should be refinished regularly. In far too many cases, the only paint the playground equipment ever receives is that applied at the factory, even though this apparatus is subjected to exceptionally hard use and constantly exposed to rain, snow, sleet, wind, hail and dust.

Years of extra service can be added to playground equipment by painting it frequently and regularly. American uses Wax-O-Namel, specially prepared for them by one of the nations foremost paint manufacturers; but less expensive, outdoor enamel will do very well. It should be also kept in mind that the protective paint coating will last longer, look much better if the wood parts are sanded reasonably smooth before they are refinished.

Worn slide chutes present a special problem. Few owners have the tools and equipment necessary to do a thorough, really workmanlike job of slide chute repair or rebuilding. Thus, if the siderails or bedways are badly worn and need to be replaced, its usually advisable to ship the worn chutes to the factory for a factory-rebuilding job. Frequently, too, if the chutes have been in service for 10 years or more, it is good economy to replace the worn chutes with new ones of all-steel construction. It's a good idea to send the chute fittings along with the chutes, so that the factory can properly locate them on the new chutes and thus simplify the installation job.

If they are properly galvanized by the hot-dip process, the metal parts of playground equipment will present few problems until they have been in use for about eight years, or more. In fact, if they were hot-galvanized originally, the pipe members, chains and malleable fittings tend to weather-out smooth and shiny as the years pass.

One sure way to protect equipment while it is in storage and to facilitate its reinstallation is to store all the equipment in an orderly, organized man< ner, so that you know where to locate the apparatus for each unit.


Another procedure which greatly simplifies installation, maintenance and replacement problems is standardization of equipment. An increasing number of drive-in theatre owners are standardizing on equipment of certain approved manufacturers. In this way, replacement is greatly simplified, even though many years have elapsed since the part originally was purchased. There are no orphan units or parts, and finally, familiarity with the units or parts of one manufacturer gradually makes installation, repair and maintenanCe work much simpler, less costly and much more efiicient.


Community Theatres, the well known partnership of the Goldberg Brothers, Adolph and Irving, and Charles A. Komer, has equipped three childrenis playgrounds with American apparatus at its Detroit drive-ins, the Town, BelAir and Grand River.

One of the partners states that the drive-in theatre and childrenls playground are twin essentials in the ozoner business. "Theylre like pork and beans," he explains.

He added that children's playgrounds start the trafiic coming early to the drive-in. While there is still daylight and the customers can drive their cars to the parking ramps unassisted, the ushers supervise the playgrounds. They see to it that the children are given their turns on the apparatus, and able to get full benefit from the facilities.

THE POPULAR merry-go-xound is an almost irresistible lure for youngsters. and this particular model was constructed to carry a capacity load of 25 passengers. It provides hours of healthful fun.
1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 115