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1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 118 (84)

1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition
1953-54 Theatre Catalog
1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 118
Page 118

Drive-ins Mentioned

Cherry Hill Drive-In, Cowpens, SC

1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 118

Another Home in a Screen Tower

A South Carolina Exhibitor Builds a Dwelling That Top for Comfortable Living

Few Rural Families Can

There's no place quite like home for the family of Howard T. Chapman, owner and operator of the Cherry Hill Drive-In, Cowpens, S. C. For home, in this case, is a deceptively roomy lean-to structure in the screen tower of their theatre, and few rural families can top it for comfortable living.

The two-story dwelling has a living room, bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom on the first fioor, and maidls quarters, another bedroom, another bath, and a large storeroom upstairs. There is enough space in the entire structure to provide 12 rooms.

The idea of building the house in the screen tower was conceived at the same time that construction on the drive-in was begun, and the building of both was directed by Chapman, without the aid of formal plans and with mostly unskilled labor.

Construction of the house is along simple lines. Ten large creosoted poles form the main support of the structure, with five of these, 65-foot base poles spaced 12% feet apart, holding the framework for the face of the screen, and five ffpusher" poles placed in a leaning position 24 feet directly behind the base poles. Viewed in profile, the structure is a right triangle, with the base formed by the ground line, the

BRIEF: Home for the family of Howard T. Chapman is the screen tower of their Cherry Hill Drive-In, Cowpens, S. C. . . . Slanted supports for the screen form the framework of the dwelling . . . which is big enough for 12 large rooms . . . Downstairs are a living room, bedroom, kitchen, aml bath . . . while upstairs are. another bedroom, another bath, a large storeroom, and maidis quarters. While the Chapmans, home is not unique . . . (the 1943-49 edition. of THEATRE CATALOG described a similar project built by a Salt Lake City exhibitor) . . . its very excellence merits mention here. Built without formal plans . . . and with mostly unskilled labor . . . the screen tower-house, as well as the theatre itself, typifies the ingenuity and resourcefulness that characterize the American showman. .

side formed by the screen edge, and the hypotenuse represented by the sharply sloping roof of the house. The. "pusher" poles were securely fastened to the base poles 1114: feet from the top of the latter. Large bridge spikes were driven around the bottoms of all ten poles to grip them firmly in steelu reinforced concrete of the front porch.

Supporting the roof of the front porch are five concrete block columns, built

THE TWO-LANE ENTRANCE leads past the boxolfice. The corrugated sheathing matches that of the parking area fence and of the screen tower roof under which is the comfortably modern Chapman's home.

four feet behind each Hpusherly pole, and reinforced with storm drain pipe on the inside. Two other columns like these were constructed, one on the entrance side of the theatre, and one at the exit, as starting points for the aluminum fence that surrounds the drive-in.

The house is of frame construction with white asbestos shingles. A ladder has been installed up the center of the aluminum roof for use when the screen is painted. A six-inch asbestos tube was run from the house chimney at the porch line to the top of the screen tower to eliminate back drafts. Ventilators for the dwelling areas have been set in the Side of the building.

From the front porch, measuring 10 feet, three inches by 51 feet, eight inches, the front door opens into a large living room that has been tastefully furnished with antiques and decorated in a pastel shade of dusty rose. The Chapmans plan to put an arch through the living room into the Space where the. piano now stands (see accompanying photograph) to lead into a combination den and bedroom to be, built under a large stage which will be erected for the presentation of filive" shows. Also contained in this area under the stage will be a back porch and an adjoining garage.

The 24% x 181/iz-foot bedroom area accommodates the entire family, and has a number of closets, The walls are done in light blue, and the floor is covered

with gray-black asphalt tile. Adjoining is a tile bathroom. An intercommunication system connects the bedroom to the boxoifice, and is left on all night to warn of intruders.

The 17 x 13-foot kitchen is done in pale yellow with white enamel woodwork and white plastic tile which runs around the room under large double windows to the back door. The asphalt tile floor is cream with traces of red.

A door in the kitchen opens on a flight of stairs which lead up to the second floor. Here are found two finished rooms, one of which is occupied by the maid, and a bath. The maids room, measuring 13 feet by 14 feet, is done in pale green. One of the unfinished rooms is used for storage and drying laundry in bad weather.

The drive-in home is heated by an air circulating oil burner installed in the bedroom. Since the dwelling is insulated with rock wool, it is quite easy to heat in the cooler months, and is comfortably cool in summer.

This insulation, as well as shutters on the windows, also helps to seal out sound when the show is on. The heat circulates through the downstairs rooms by its own radiation, and is carried upstairs by air currents when the kitchen entrance door is left slightly ajar.

Just outside the doorstep of their novel home whose excellence gives them every reason to be proud, the Chapmans

1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 118