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1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 162 (128)

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition
1954-55 Theatre Catalog
1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 162
Page 162

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 162

AN OVOID SHAPED pool or the Oak Hill Country Club. which might be adopted to: the drive-in.

possible swimmers, played any of the other games mentioned, you'd figure yould had a pretty good crowd in those sports. And so, we find that swimming is the most active participating sport in the United States.

Since this is an article about pools for outdoor theatres, you might say that theatres have more people, and thatls true, but thats a rather passive sport in which you watch the actor or player on the screen or on the stage do the work. Hels the fellow thatls doing the job and he is being watched. So, its a sport or pastime, something like baseball or football, which has crowds to watch the sport.


Now, we have all types and kinds of swimming pools and lets see if we can evaluate a few that are along that line. Divisions may be made along many lines. And so, first, divide them into indoor pools and outdoors pools.

The Indoor Pool

The indoor pool is very seldom built by itself and used strictly as just a pool. It is normally built in connection with the YMCA, the YWCA, gymnasiums, colleges, high schools and the like, and, thereby, its greatest use is along the lines of what We call controlled bathing. By that we mean that there are classes, and you go bathing whether you want to or not. You go bathing for a credit of one kind or another, and the bathing is not of what we call a voluntary or recreational nature, i.e., come when you feel like it and you go when you feel like it.

An instance of building a pool contrary to that policy is brought out by a pool built in Detroit with the idea in mind of using it the year round. The summer usage is up to 23,000 per month, and the winter usage is down to 3,000 per month. This shows the wide range

involved and is an indication that the pool is not properly designed for both conditions. Either it is much too large for winter use, or its much too small for summer use. Any business that has a spread of 1 to 7 between summer and winter certainly is not worked out or properly designed, or a paying proposition. '

Outdoor Pools

Now outdoor pools fall in many classifications. We have pools satisfying every condition from the municipal pool or the pool built for profit, to the Country Club pool, camp pool and private pools. And each one takes a diiferent treatment, different studies to satisfy different conditions, which vary all the way from complete equipment for the pool with purification equipment, to a bathhouse 100 per cent equipped with the latest of every kind of equipment, to the private pool which may be nothing more or 1e5s than a glorified hole in the ground.

AN EXAMPLE of a larger pool is seen at the Bullet Memorial Park. Pool is 65 by 120 feet.

We have in shapes of pools, all kinds of shapes. There is the rectangular, which is probably the shape built 9 times out of 10. This writer has developed an Ovoid shape pool, which we will discuss later, which is very popular when properly explained. There are other shapes of pools, such as, L-shaped, Ushaped, H-shaped, fan-shaped, kidneyshaped and other odd-shapes mostly used in private pools to bring out some particular idea.

In the matter of pool designs, we should probably bring out that any shape other than the rectangular or the Ovoid is purely to meet certain local conditions and is not an economical shape of pool to build. Any pool that has a re-entrant angle means that the pool wall is not getting as much area inside of that wall as you should get and, therefore, you are spending more money for less water area than possible to get. It can be said that the rectangular pool fits into most all situations, but where you dont have a very formal arrangement or formal garden the Ovoid fits into the arrangement just as well and in a great many times better. Since most walks and flower beds are not of a formal nature,

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 162