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1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 26 (xxvi)

1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition
1953-54 Theatre Catalog
1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 26
Page 26

1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 26



Schlanger has always been an advocate of multiple upper level seating, and because of his work on floor slopes, it became possible to create balconies of an extremely ttHati, nature. An outstanding example of this type of construction may be found in the beautiful Tacna, in Lima, Peru.

Constructed in 1937, the theatre, is part of a 10 story building which includes apartments, offices and shops. Schlanger, working with architects William Hoffberg, Reisner and Urbahn, created the first theatre in Peru to be equipped with modern air conditioning, and completely fireproof. It has 883 seats on the main iioor, 405 on the mezzanine level and 657 seats on the second balcony.

Patrons find the main iioor appearing more or less level, with no uncomfortable downward slopes while walking in the aisles. An extraordinarily short stair climb leads to the upper Seating levels.

In the aisles of the upper level seating, there is only one step between the successive platforms of seating, in place of the step-and-a-half that was commonly used. This extra little step was eliminated by the mild and comfortable upper level slopes.

The auditorium plan provides an excellent viewing and hearing position for every one of the 1,945 auditorium seats. No seat is placed too far from or too near the picture, and not too much above the level of the screen.

Each of the three floor levels is situated to afford the most comfortable viewing position. The motion picture screen appears to be at a level with the eyes of persons in any location. Seated in the balcony, the patron has no feeling of looking down at the screen as in earlier types of theatre design.

Staggering of seats completely eliminates the blocking of vision which occurs when people are seated in front of each other. Most of the credit for this innovation was rightfully given to Ben Schlanger, for it was his research that made the design possible, and created what are considered to be the ufiattest" balconies in the world,

Schlangeris hand can be seen in other parts of the house. The materials and color scheme were selected from the standpoint of beauty and maintenance. The design stresses the simplicity of room surfaces whether they be wall, ceiling, or floor. Here again is a working out of one of Schlanger,.s basic ideas; that excess ornamentation distracts from the. attention to the screen, and also creates added problems of maintenance.

The auditorium has a dado wall at all the levels of white oak arranged in vertical battons. The walls above the dado are in neutral transite with small perforations to accomplish proper sound treatment. The rear standing wall is covered in dark brown leather and two structural columns are covered with a yellow gold colored metallic fabric, The structure of the orchestra floor and balconies is reinforced concrete, designed as a rigid frame to resist earthquakes. The roof consists of steel trusses with corrugated aluminum sheets.

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