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1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 368 (330)

1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition
1953-54 Theatre Catalog
1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 368
Page 368

1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 368

The shelves consist also of a series of horizontal transverse members four inches wide and spaced five inches apart, lined up in such a way as to permit the transverse members of the conveyor, when they extend laterally, to intermesh with them Without contact.

An elevator and conveyor serves two vertical rows of shelves, which are the automobile stalls, one on each side of the elevator shaft. The number of floors spaced eight and a half feet apart, can range up to 50. Thus an elevator can serve up to 100 automobile stalls. A unit consisting of an elevator shaft with automobile stalls on either side of it ocupies an area of 24 feet by 25 feet or 600 square feet, and can serve up to 100 automobiles. Thus the actual ground area per automobile stall can be as little as six square feet, and can utilize the least desirable area of a lot. Another great advantage of this design is that the elevator shafts alongside the driveway, make possible the flexibility of grouping of any number of parking units either end to end or side by side.

System in Operation

In operation, the system functions simply.

1. The automobile is driven by its owner into the driveway, the door of which consists in part of horizontal transverse members like the previously described shelves or parking stalls. The

owner steps out of his automobile onto a sidewalk and can leave the brake on or off, leave it in gear or not, or lock the automobile door or not, as he Wishes.

2. The attendant gives him a ticket and pushes the corresponding button.

3. The button puts into operation the fully automatic parking cycle. The transverse members of the conveyor move laterally into the spaces between the transverse members in the Hoor of the driveway at a level three inches below the level of the driveway members. The conveyor on the elevator platform then raises six inches to a position above the level of the driveway, which gently raises the automobile, now on the conveyor members, to three inches above the driveway floor. The transverse members of the conveyor then retract onto the elevator carrying the automobile with them on the elevator. The elevator then automatically starts traveling up, stoping at a predetermined floor. The automobile is then gently deposited in a stall by the reverse operation of the cycle by which it was placed on the elevator. The elevator then starts down to the driveway level ready to pick up another automobile, or it may stop at any other floor level ready to unpark an automobile, as the case may be.

Test Operation

A full-size conveyor unit has been built and is in daily test operation in

THIS DRAWING indicates how the Alkro Integral Parking system would be used it it were part of a building. It would after an ideal solution to the parking problems ot large midtown theatres.

Houston. The conveyor to date has parked and unparked over 220,000 automobiles without any noticeable wear or mishap of any kind to either the conveyor or the automobiles. This is the equivalent of Several years in operation. This daily operation will continue until some measurable wear can be determined.


Due to the fully automatic operation, and the fact that automobiles are moved sideways, the parking and unparking is very fast. As an illustration, in a garage with 10 units, 200 automobiles can be parked in approximately 15 minutes, it is claimed. Parking of one automobile and unparking of another can be done automatically in a round trip of an elevator. A five-time garage turnover can be achieved in less than eight. hours.

No damage to fenders, brakes, tires or engines occurs as no attendant ever enters the automobile, and no grease spots are left on steering wheels or seats.

In Alkro Integral Parking, no one gets in the automobile but the owner. The automobile can be locked if desired, but no one has access to it anyhow.

No gasoline is used to climb steep ramps, or make elaborate maneuvers, nor can it be stolen.

The very small unit space required by Alkro Integral Parking enables it to be placed in the very heart of a building, providing an ideal service to customers. They are saved the nuisance of crossing streets or walking blocks to and from parking.

Alkro Integral Parking facilities, built in conjunction with a building, cost $1300 per automobile stall. However, the value of the ground area saved by the system reduces the overall cost of installation per automobile stall far below any other parking facility, it is claimed.

A GOO-stall Alkro garage can be efficiently operated with a staff consisting of two attendants and one cashier.


At the present time the Alkro Integral Parking system is still in the final experimental stages. The extensive tests in Houston, however, indicate that this new method of parking cars can and does work satisfactorily. Of course the high cost of building and installation makes it impractical for smaller situations. Its main application in the theatre field, therefore, seems to be restricted to the large metropolitan movie palaces. The parking problem is growing increasingly acute, and the managements of large theatres will have to do something to alleviate the situation or face a steadily diminishing audience. With the relaxing of certain government controls on building materials and construction it appears likely that when and if the Alkro Integral Parking system is offered to the public, enough materials will be on hand to build the necessary equipment. For any who are thinking of constructing new large metropolitan hOUSt'S, it might do well for them to investigate the possibilities of installing this system as part of the building. It has been proven that Alkro can work. Only the future will determine whether or not it will help to supply a workable answm' to the parking situation.


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1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 368