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1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 94 (60)

1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition
1953-54 Theatre Catalog
1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 94
Page 94

1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 94

the Celotex board to support the glass, press the glass to the ceiling with enough pressure to make it stay in place. Remove the board slowly, seeing that the mirror is properly placed and aligned, then apply final pressure to the mirror by firmly pressing all over its surface, using a wad of cloth, Figure 5.

Flex-Sheet and Wallpaper

If you desire to use wallpaper adjoining Flex-Sheet, apply primer to the wall to within 1/2" of the wallpaper edge, then apply cement to the FlexSheet to within approximately of the edge of the glass. Then install the mirror so that it overlaps about 1/2" from the edge of the wallpaper. Extreme care should be taken not to use too much cement, as it will spread and stain the paper, Figure 6.

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Cutting Glass

When it is necessary to cut the glass itself, use an ordinary steel wheel glass cutter and a straight edge. After making the cut, break the glass carefully and cut the fabric backing. Then grind the edges of the glass with a carborundum stone. Angular or circular cuts for fitting around outlets of fixtures are simply made by the same procedure, Figures 7-8.

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If there is an exact number of units to be cut from the sheet, simply fold the sheet, cloth to cloth, and cut along the joint with a knife, cutting from the inside out. Be sure to keep the cutting knife sharpened to prevent a strain on the silvering of the mirrors, and to avoid fraying of the cotton backing.


One of the advantages of Flex-Sheet Mirror is that it requires but a minimum of maintenance. Wiping with a cloth slightly dampened with glass wax or any glass cleaner is all that is necessary to retain its brilliant appearance.

Flex-Sheet is not recommended for installation in parts of the theatre where it can be kicked or otherwise Wvorked onl' by the public. However, it will serve quite satisfactorily, mounted on corrugated Transite, for the fronts of candy stands having a recessed kick rail extending perhaps six inches or more above the door.

Should glass tiles be broken at any time, repairs can easily be made with but a single-edge razor blade and a knife or screw driver. The cloth backing of the broken tile is cut with the razor blade, the damaged piece is pried out from the wall with the knife or screw driver, and a new glass unit is cemented in its place.

Theatre Installations

The distinctive beauty of mirror sheeting has been recognized by many thea tre owners, as well as operators of cocktail lounges, hotels, restaurants, and other establishments where attractiveness is an important factor in winning patronage. One of the most notable installations of Flex-Sheet is at the Royal, Detroit, where tw0 concave panels, each measuring 20 feet high and 10 feet across, are surfaced with 1" x 2" gold mirror tiles, and lend an elegant touch to the lobby. At three Chicago houses, the North Shore, B & K, the Grenada, 1/2" x 1" champagne dewdrop Flex-Sheet Mirror, mounted on corrugated Transite, brings appropriate glamour to the candy stands. The Valentine, Evanston, 111., has a huge panel of 1" x 2" blue Flex-Sheet Mirror as an extremely decorative background for its automatic drink dispenser. Many theatres have taken advantage of the brilliance of Flex-Sheet to add glitter to wall-mounted attraction signs in their lobbies, with the sheeting used both for background and border in the signs. Other houses have installed Flex-Sheet as a sparkling background for the changeable letters on their under-themarquee attraction boards.

As with any such versatile, colorful decorative medium, the possibilities of Flex-Sheet Mirror are limited only by the imagination of the decorator. With the glittering, glamorous eti'ects it makes possible, Flex-Sheet is a product which is particularly well suited to theatrical use, and one which is worthy of consideration when planning the decor of a new theatre or modernizing the decorative treatment of an old one.

THE APPEAL OF THIS FRONT is richly enhanced by Flex-Sheet Mirror. used above the entrance. A minimum a! maintenance is required in order to retain the brilliant beauty oi this decorative product.


1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 94