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1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 376 (338)

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition
1954-55 Theatre Catalog
1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 376
Page 376

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 376

a glareless view of the surrounding countryside.

The main theatre area accommodates 1,300 people, and has been designed to provide extra space between seats and in the aisles. The main floor and stadium-type mezzanine face of screen mounted in a picture frame, without a proscenium arch. A semi-circular stage, in front of the screen, is approached by carpeted steps, segmented by cut stone planter boxes.

Other unusual features are a sunken television lounge, soft drink bar, and, above the upper seating level, two glassenclosed, soundproofed itcry roomle each equipped with play pens, cribs and bottle warmers. These Hcry rooms,, are provided for the convenience of parents with small children, permitting them to view the picture and hear the sound from special speakers without having the children disturb other theatre patrons.

The air conditioning system was designed by Liebenberg and Kaplan and installed by Spencer Air Conditioning Company, contractor. For cooling and ventilating, 100 per cent fresh air is washed by 220 gallons per minute of 52 degree deep well water, in a usAIRco D51 air washer. Up to 53,000 cfm of the cooled air is circulated through ceil IMPRESSIVE EXTEHXOR of the Terrace. The theatre uses well-water as cooling medium ior air conditioning system in its 1300 seat capacity. In the

ing diffusers in the auditorium, cry rooms, foyer, lobby, lounge and TV room, by a 54 inch double inlet fan. This supply air fan is equipped with a hydraulically controlled variable speed drive to provide variable volumes of supply air under easy, ready control of the operator of the system. This will enable him to meet the requirements of variable weather conditions, particularly in the spring and fall, and of varying sizes of the theatre audience. A lower volume of air is used during the heating season and full volume is used for quick pickup before theatre opening time.

Air is exhaused through two large vents of special design at the ceiling near the rear wall of the balcony and two grilles flanking the rear row of the center balcony, in addition to the exhaust through open lobby doors. Further mechanical exhaust is provided for the projection booth, rest rooms and offices.

For heating and ventilating, usAIRco steam distributing type coils, supplied with low pressure steam from an oil fired boiler are employed in the main system with booster coils in the ducts supplying the foyer, lounges, rest rooms and TV room. A bank of standard filters is also utilized during the heating season.

A blanket of warm air at the inside of the entrance doors is provided by special built-up units, with air distribution through double deflection usAIRco ceiling "Deflecto-Grilles." Return air is picked up at the floor line adjacent to the doors.

The control system employs an "economizer" control which does not permit the introduction of fresh air until the building has been brought up to temperature. Zone control has been provided for the auditorium, lounge and foyer with additional zoning provided on concealed fin radiation in the lounge and in the foyer.

The building has a full basement under the auditorium in which six unit heaters were placed to maintain comfortable floor conditions during the heating season.


In closing, the importance of consultation with an air conditioning expert must be repeated. An improperly planned system is a burden on the theatre operator in cost, inconvenience and loss of good will. Qualified advice is available from engineers, contractors with trained engineering departments and from equipment manufacturers.

ever-increasing struggle for the entertainment dollar it is oi prime importance that hne theatres provide proper air conditioning, with the other vital extras.

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 376