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1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 240 (204)

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition
1954-55 Theatre Catalog
1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 240
Page 240

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 240

Cutting 1Hie Tile

It is possible to obtain a patented cutter which has been specifically designed for use with plastic wall tile. Often it will not be necessary to pur

chase this cutter, but may be rented for a. nominal price. If you are unable to obtain this cutter, straight cuts may be made with an ordinary hack saw, which should be standard equipment in any

USE; OF a notched edge trowel (ab-ova) assures an. even distribution of mastic on the wall, and is deSIgned. to cud proper adhesxon of tiles. The use of these files can result in a mom that is both easy to mmntcnn, and, .as can be seen by the photograph (below). it is pleasing to the eyes.



theatre's tool chest. All circular cuts should be made with a coping; saw.

Installing the Base

A flexible cove base will make for a rich finished job. Regular mastic is used for application as shown in an accompanying illustration. It is suggested by the manufacturer that you continue your plastic tile completely to the bottom of the door, and apply the cove base on top of the tile.

A Word of Warning

If all of the directions just given are followed, it should be possible to transform a theatre washroom into a bright and cheerful place in a very short time. However, there are a number of things which should be avoided when using plastic wall tiles.

Although this should not be too likely a case, plastic tiles should never be used anywhere that the temperatures will rise above 160 degrees F. This situation might occur in areas around radiators and steam pipes. All walls containing hot air registers should be tiled up to the edge of the guard, but not under it.

A very important thing to remember is that plastic tile should never be installed when the room temperature is below 60 degrees F. If the job is to be done in the winter the tiles must be brought up to this minimum temperature for at least a 24-hour period.

Half tile and feature tile should be started about the center of a full tile to break the vertical lines. The washroom wall fixtures should be recessed types, or fastened directly to the wall uprights. Do not fasten any fixture to the plastic wall tile directly.

The maintaining of plastic tile is simple, and it may be washed with mild soap and water, or a special cleaner and polish for plastic tile if you so desire. You should not use abrasive type cleaning powders.


The installation of colored plastic wall tiles in a theatre is a simple and inexpensive means of giving the entire place a feeling of cleanliness, efficiency and furnishing your patrons with the little itextras" that are so important today for any successful operation. As stated before, it is simple to install plastic wall tiles, and in most cases will not require the services of expert, but costly, outside help.

Although plastic wall tiles seem to adapt themselves most roadin for use in rest and wash rooms, there is no reason why the appropriate type of plastic tile can not also be used in back of concession stands, where their resistance to dirt would be an extremely useful fea ture, in lounge areas, or the lobby, This material can have many uses around the theatre, and is well worth the trouble of further investigation on the part of exhibitors who think their theatres can use a little face-lifting. i

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 240