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1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 44 (10)

1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition
1953-54 Theatre Catalog
1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 44
Page 44

1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 44

The foyer is 480 square feet and is entered from the forecourt by three

pairs of swing doors. Pairs of doors on each side of the central boxoffice lead to the auditorium, which is 4,600 square feet, and has a raking door. A splayed projection at the rear of the stage forms the horn chamber.

The projection area consists of a spacious projection booth, a rewind room, a switch room, and rest room.

Standards of planning, construction and equipment necessarily comply with the requirements set up for the construction of a permanent theatre.

In view of the temporary nature of the 690-seater, the decorative treatment is necessarily utilitarian, but attractive nevertheless. The focal point of the

THE INTERIOR TREATMENT oi the Regal has been future role of the building. The proscenium is

interior decorative scheme is the proscenium treated with a fluted effect in gold and deep rose with matching border.

The auditorium was treated with sprayed plastic prior to the application of decorative colorings, the basic tint being blush pink with an overspatter abstract design in darker tones. The woodwork is rich, deep maroon with lavender and gold applied to the molding.

The entrance hall is treated in a similar fashion with a shaded spatter treatment above the skirtings in deep rose. The boxoffice and doors are in a pastel shade.

An inspection of the area set aside for the sound and projection equipment belies the fact that this is a temporary arrangement. In addition to the sound

kept to the simplest form in consideration of the treated with a fluted elfect in gold and rose.

SPACIOUS projection booth is equipped by RCA with the latest equipment available. The rewind room is also fitted with a modern rewind bench. film storage cabinets and large cheery window.

equipment, all the projection and auxiliary equipment was supplied by RCA. This includes the latest RCA sound reproducer with double turntable nonsynchronous unit, Ross projectors fitted with Super Rosskot lenses, Monarc arc lamps, single-phase rectifiers, a perforated mat sound screen, Premier allpurpose projector, fire shutters, spools, spool cabinet and rewind bench.

Display accessories consist of two standard sized exterior illuminated stainless steel frames, each of which exhibits a three foot by two and a half foot illustrated panel, and six places for stills. The illustrated panel is floodlit and the stills are illumniated from the rear. Interior installations include a number of frames for displaying illustratedi panels and stills, and an interchangeable letter category indicator and indicator clock in the hall.

Although it seems unlikely that this style of theatre construction will ever become common, the Regal is interesting in so far as it demonstrates the importanCo of film entertainment. Despite all the restrictions and hardships in postwar Great Britain, the valm: of supplying the people with moans of getting motion picture entertainment, was recognized. According to the present plans, the Regal is expected to be kept in operation for sew-n yours, and after that time will be converted into a factory. It is expected that by that time a permanent theatre will have been built.


wish to express their thunks and appreNation to Alex Martin and thr- Idval Kinmuu for supplying the information and photographs used in this article.

1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 44