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1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 207 (171)

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition
1954-55 Theatre Catalog
1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 207
Page 207

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 207

HUGE mural of clay tile on facade of Paramount, Oakland. CaliL. (above) has made this building a local landmark. Simple washing with water keeps it clean. Use of clay tile in washroom (below) keeps maintenance down.

squares. In addition, floor tiles are made in a variety of shapes-squares, pentagons, hexagons, octagons, oblongs, rhomholds and diamonds.

Because of the wide range of colors, shapes and sizes, floor tiles -an be worked into an almost infinite 'ariety of patterns. A lively pattern can be used eii'ectiyely to cut down the apparent area of a spacoisay, of a longr lobby.

Wall Tiles

Clay tiles are divided into two main classes. wall and floor. Wall tiles have (1 glazed surface which is permanent and very easily maintained. The glaze may be either bright, which is highly rcllr-ctiw. or matte, which does not clearly rciicci an image or is entirely without sheen.

The siZe of the wall tile unit to be used depends on the scale of the space.


in general, architects prefer a smaller unit in small areas and a larger in large, ones.

Wall tile is employed for wainscots in theatre lobbies, in washrooms, and sometimes as wainscots within the building itself. Finger prints, lipstick and other marks can be, removed from it easily and quickly, so that it is particularly suited to any wall area that becomes soiled often.

A. Very striking use of wall tile is as entiro murals for the exteriors of theetres. A widely known mural is that of the Paramount theatre in Oakland, Calif., which towers about 70 feet over that building. Another distinguished mu *al of clay tile is that on the. NBC building in San Ftancisco.

Both of these have been in place some years and both are in as line condition as when they were originally installed.

STRIKING ellect was achieved on Circle. near Dallas. Tex.. (above) will: the use of tile in a terracotta shade. Clay tile won't fade with wear. Clay tile can also have many uses in lounges (below) of a line theatre.

Floor Tiles

In general, floor tiles are unglazed units. Their color extends through the body, so that even after years of very heavy traffic, they show little if any signs of wear.

There are three principal types of floor tile;

(1) Ceramic mosaics. These are the small units so widely used for washroom and bathroom floors. They are less than six square inches in facial area.

(a) The porcelain type, This type is produced by adding mineral oxides to the clay mix. It comes in a wide range of colors and is very resistant to the abrasive action of foot traffic.

(h) The natural clay type. The colors of this type are those of the raw clay in the tile body. although mineral ox
1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 207