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1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 161 (127)

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition
1954-55 Theatre Catalog
1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 161
Page 161

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 161

Swimming Pools for Outdoor Theatres

Complete Information On Swimming Pool Construction, and How It

Might Apply to the Community-Center Type of Drive-111 Operation

BRIEF: One of the most recent . . . and significant . . developments in years . . . has been the change in the character and purpose of the drive-in theatre . . . Where once the outdoor theatre was considered just that . . . a motion picture house without a roof . . . more and more services and facilities have been added . . . until today many outdoor theatres have taken on the functions and appearance of community centers . . . It is not uncommon to find a drive-in opening early on a weekend so that patrons may come and spend the entire day . . . with the youngsters enjoying the playground facilities . . . while the adults enjoy the fully equipped concession buildings . . . and sun themselves in attractive patios . . . Thin not only increases concession revenue . . . but builds good will . . . and helps to make going to the drive-in a regular habit.

One of the latest innovations being introduced in outdoor theatres . . . is swimming pools . . . Although it represents a major investment . . . it can be a valuable source of revenue . . . and good will . . . if it is properly constructed and operated . . . This article . . . written by one of the leading experts on swimming pool construction in this country . . . gives a complete summary of just what is entailed in the building of a pool . . . Information on types of pools . . . construction problems . . . board of health regulations . . . costs . . . etc . . . is given . . . and should furnish any theatre operator who has been thinking of such a move . . . with all the essential facts about swimming pools for outdoor theatres.


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Consulting Civil Engineer (Copyrighted 1954)

ijk'ie'Phoxhistory of swimming pools goes {back thousands of years, in fact, back to the time of Christ. The swimming pools or Baths as they were called were the clubs of that day. They were beautifully built, all tiled in ceramics, columned, lobbied, spacious dressing quarters, and with slaves in any number to take care of the patrons wants. Excavations that have been made show that these baths were about as nice as anything could be today and up-to-the-minute in every respect; of course lacking only the sanitary arrangements and facilities which are required in baths of today.

From then on the development of the swimming pool has been continual in that new types of construction have been used and new equipment has been added. The biggest changes have come in the matter of sanitation where the rate of turn-over is changed from 24 hours to 16 hours to 8 hours, and now some States require a six-hour turn-over. At the present time, most States require that the water in the swimming pool must be of the drinking water standard and clear enough so that a four-inch disc can be seen in 9 or 11 feet of water clearly.

Swimming is the outstanding active or participating sport as compared to spectator sports, and doesnit even have a close second. In spectator sports such as footballe22 people play, tennise2 or 4

SWIMMING POOLS. such as this one constructed by the author. can add revenue to the drive-in.

people play, and in golfezl people per hole play, there is a '3ery passive or spectator audience which a great many times runs into thousands of people per player, and their only interest is in watching the game or noting the out . come. But this is not true in swimming.

Except where aquatic meets are held, which are not too common (there may be one or two a year in a pool) we find that the public takes an active part in the use of a swimming pool. And remember, swimming is the one sport that uses all muscles of the body. In fact, we find that on good swimming weather about two per cent of the population is apt to use the pool at any one time, and with a turnover of three and one-half times that in one day, we figure that the capacity of the pool must be such as to take care of seven per cent of the population during any one good swimming day. We might even say that on exceptionally hot days, and when conditions are very favorable, such as a very sunny and warm Sunday, Saturday, or a holiday, this can go up to as much as 10 per cent of the population.


Now can anyone conceive of a condition where in a town with a population of say 10,000, where we could and would have 1000 swimmers, that there would be 1,000 people to play tennis, or 1,000 people play baseball, of 1,000 people play football, or 1,000 people play golf? It isnit conceivable, and yet that many people could and would use a proper pool during the day. In fact, if about a hundred people, 10 per cent of the above
1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 161