> > > >

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 206 (170)

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition
1954-55 Theatre Catalog
1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 206
Page 206

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 206

Clay Tile for Theatres

A Review of the Many Uses and Advantages of Clay Material in Construction and Operation of a Motion Picture Theatre

BRIEF: One of the most ancient and useful of all materials for building and decorating purposes . . . is clay tile . . . The history of its use dates back thousands of years . . . This material has a number of qualities which makes its use in the theatre advantageous . . . Some of these are clay tilesi ability to withstand the abuse of all types of weather conditions . . . it requires very little care . . . and the maintenance costs are practically nil.

As this article points out . . . clay tiles are available in a number of sizes and many different colors . . . and are primarily used either as a covering for walls and floors . . . It has also been successfully used for attractive wall murals . . . There is information on the various types of wall and floor tiles . . . and a section on installation . . . There are many valuable tips on how to properly care for clay tiles . . . and other points which should prove to be of interest to the reader.

A material almost as old as show business itself still plays a leading role both out front and behind the scenes in the American theatre.


Tile Council of America

Clay tile, because of its unique combination of practical and decorative features, has been employed in construction for more than 7,000 years. It was used to embellish the early pyramids of Egypt, the great mosques of the Near East, the dazzling palaces of Spain in its golden age, and many of the great cathedrals and castles of medieval Europe.

In their search for materials that could take hard wear, clean easily and at the same time play a decorative role, theatre owners early discovered the advantages of clay tile. As a result, it is used today for lobby iioors, wainscots, washroom doors and walls, cashier booth facings and for entire theatre facades.

Advantages of Clay Tile

Clay tile is waterproof and nonabsorbent, and it takes exceptionally

THE WIDE RANGE oi colors and sizes in which clay floor tile is made makes it ideal for use in

lobbies, such as in Stale. Ann Arbor. Mich.

hard wear. Portions of Grand Central Station and of the New York Public Library, which are subject to extremely heavy traflic are surfaced with it, for example.

Clay tile stands up under any weather conditions. Its surface is not damaged by smoke, grime, smog or trach fumes, and its colors are unaffected by these factors. It has the lowest maintenance and upkeep cost of practically any material, for it does not require waxing, polishing, varnishing or other refinishing.

It lasts the lifetime of any buildingand in fact, much, much longer than the lifetime of the average American building. Clay tile floors and wall surfacings that have been in position for hundreds of years in Europe and the Near East are still in excellent condition,

Colors and Sizes

Clay floor and wall tiles today are manufactured in well over 200 shades of basic colors. Wall tiles in common use range in size from four and onequarter inch squares to six by nine-inch rectangles, while door tiles range from "(lotsil (11/32-inch squares) to nine-inch

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 206