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1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 20 (xx)

1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition
1953-54 Theatre Catalog
1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 20
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1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 20

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FUNCTIONAL SIMPLICITY is shown in views above and at lelt of the Universal Artisls' screens inq room, another Schlanger accomplishment.

Along about the middle 1930s Schlanger made a study of the use of staggered seating in many European theatres, and he could not see why this system was not adapted to theatres in this country. He noticed that the seating on either side of the central section of seating in auditoriums automatically, due to positioning, provided the benefits of stagv gered seating. He concluded therefore, that there was no reason why the central section of seating in an auditorium could not be arranged so that the same benefits afforded from the side seating, could not be incorporated so that everyone seated in the auditorium Would be view< ing the screen between the heads of the persons sitting in front of them, Without having to shift their head or body to achieve such a view.

The somewhat jagged aisle line created by staggered seating, however, caused some building code authorities to object. Schlanger fought for many years to eliminate these objections, and for the most part, they have been overcome by arm block fillersy or a realization that the indented aisle line had existed anyway in the side seating sections. Today staggered seating is in common use, and is even installed when existing theatres put in new seats.

Having gotten general acceptance of staggered seating, Schlanger is now attempting to encourage the use of what is commonly known as ucontinental scating," where all of the longitudinal aisles are eliminated with the exception of thlongitudinal aisles against the side walls of the auditorium. With this type of

MANY VALUABLE CONTRIBUTIONS were made by Mr. Schlanger toward the elimination oi the black border around the motion picture screen.

THEATRE CATALOG 1953-54
1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 20