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1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 367 (329)

1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition
1953-54 Theatre Catalog
1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 367
Page 367

1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 367

Push Button Parking

An Analysis of the Completely Automatic System That Might Be the Answer to Midtown Theatre Parking Woes

BRIEF: One of the most pressing problems facing operators of theatres in congested areas is the lack of parking space . . . Many patrons are refusing to risk coming to town only to discover that they cannot find parking space . . . or may have to pay for it . . . Many solutions have been offered . . . but most of them have proved themselves unworkable.

. . . A recently developed system known as Alkro Integral Parking . . . may be one of the answers to the situation . . . Capable of being built right into the heart of a building the system is completely automatic . . . The only one to ever enter the automobile is the owner . . . and in a test operation in Houston. Tex., over 220,000 cars have been parked and unparked with practically no sign of wear either on the machinery or the cars . . . With the recent lifting of certain restrictions on construction and material Alkro Integral Parking might be considered by possible builders of large midtown theatres.

One thing which is a constant source of wonder to all who come to the United States is the amazing number of automobiles that are to be found. To them it seems as if everyone has his own car. This wonderful example of the benefits of living in a free democratic society, however, has a drawback of which theatre owners have long been aware. The simple fact of the matter is that there are simply not enough facilities to park the numbers of cars that are on the roads.

Parking Problem

The unhappy result of this situation is that movieegoing is becoming increasingly difficult for the average family. Faced with the problem of riding on overcrowded streets and the probability of having to spend a great deal of time and energy looking for a parking space, only to discover that there is none, the average movie-goer will often decide to stay right at home with his television set. If the situation continues to worsen, and it appears that it will, the conventional theatres in metropolitan areas may be faced with the alternative of either supplying some sort of parking facilities for their patrons, or run the risk of having to close their doors.

Being aware of a problem and being able to do something about it are two vastly different things. In the majority of cases metropolitan theatre operators find that there is not enough center city property available for parking lots or garages, even if they desired to supply their customers with this service, All sorts of solutions and systems have been expounded and experimented with, and most of them have been found to be


unworkable and impractical. One answer to this important parking problem might be found in a revolutionary new patented method of parking known as Alkro Integral Parking.


Recently perfected in Houston, Tex., Alkro Integral Parking represents the results of much research and labor. The name t*Alkro" is derived from the names of the inventor, Mihai Alimanestiano, a graduate engineer, and Cornelius Kroll and Company, engineers. ulntegral" denotes the adaptability, both from a physical and economic standpoint, to

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incorporating these parking facilities as an integral part of a building, just as passenger elevators, heating, lighting, and air-conditioning have become integs ral parts of such buildings.

System Is Automatic

The system is entirely automatic. It consists basically of: (1) A standard automatic elevator, (2) a conveyor mounted on the elevator platform and supports a series of horizontal transverse members, four inches wide and spaced five inches apart, that can extend laterally to either side of the elevator shaft, and can raise or lower six inches.

Diagram Showing How a (at ls Picked Up by The 'Alkro' Conveyor

1 The elevator upon which the conveyor is mounted is stopped at the driveway level ready to pick up a car.

2 The transverse members of the conveyor then extend laterally into the spaces between the transverse members of the driveway at a level 3 inches below the level of the driveway members.

3 lhe conveyor raises 6 inches to a position 3 inches above the level of the driveway, which gently raises the automobile now on the conveyor members to 3 inches above the driveway floor.

4 "ii-transverse members of the conveyor then retract onto the elevator carrying the automobile with them onto the elevator. Yhe elevator with the automobile ascends or descends as required.

lo Place the (or In a Stall, the Above 4 Steps Operate in Reverse
1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 367