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1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 396 (358)

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition
1954-55 Theatre Catalog
1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 396
Page 396

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 396

joint in the speaker housing is cemented with a bakelite cement and heat cured to make a permanent waterproof connection between the voice coil, diaphragm, leads, suspension and metal frame, it is said.

According to the manufacturer these speakers have a patented sun-proof, raina proof louVer which will protect the speaker cones, and prevent their drying out and becoming brittle. Another new feature is the elimination of the volume control knob. The control is enclosed within the speaker housing and the control shaft is elongated and knurled for easy turning.

The speakers come in an attractive 1wo-tone finish.

Reaeciorized Signs

The Ardley Company is offering a product which should prove to be of great interest to operators of outdoor theatres. This firm is marketing a new line of reflectorized signs.

These signs are printed on heavy, tempered, weatherproof masonite, and are available in many brilliant colors, according to the manufacturer. They may be placed on any tree, post, fence, shed or any other roadside object. The signs are effective during the (lay, but are especially useful at night when the auto headlights cause the signs to be extremely readable, even at a distance. It is pointed out by the firm that this feature prevents patrons from making a wrong turn or missing a turn off.


Some other advantages of these reflectorized signs, it is claimed, are that they do not require any wiring or other lighting equipment, and they are inexpensive.

Jewel-Tone Speaker

A new in-car speaker for drive-in theatres, known as the Bevelite fourinch Jewel-Tone, is being manufactured by Theatre Specialties, Inc.

According to the manufacturer, the new speaker is designed to give the utmost in tone quality, combined with rugged construction for longer lasting service.

The unit has a four-inch speaker which produces full range sound at all levels, it is claimed. This unit is in an attractively designed case constructed entirely of Tenite II, a new plastic. The case is so constructed that it will give complete weather protection to the speaker itself without diminishing its tonal quality.

Volume control is easily operated, but cannot be twisted or pulled off. The speaker and volume control are mounted on a single yoke which can be removed and replaced quickly, and with no special tools.

The junction box of the speaker is illuminated and has a die-cast aluminum base with a cover of Tenite II. Removal of the cover makes all interior connections easily accessible, it is said,

Tiny Tractor

An interesting and versatile new piece of equipment for the outdoor theatre is the Bantam Tractor that is being manufactured by the Standard Manufacturing and Sales Company.

The Bantam is exactly what its name implies; a small edition of a standard size tractor. It has automotive type steering and a complete transmission of two speeds, forward and reverse. A seat and foot stirrup is said to allow the operator to relax while driving the unit. The three-horsepower Briggs and Stratton engine, with a 50 to 1 gear reduction, is said to give the Bantam enough power to pull over one ton of weight.

The Bantam is 50 inches in length, 30 inches wide, and 30 inches high, with a total weight of 265 pounds.

Available with a full set of attachments, this tractor can do a variety of jobs around a drive-in, according to the manufacturer. Included among these are cleaning up the field with the trailer truck, mowing weeds and grass, spraying the area, grading loose grave] in the driveway, to pull kiddie rides, etc.

Ruinmasier Speakers

During the past season Motiograph introduced a new Rainmaster series of inecar speakers.

These speakers are made of light weight die-cast alumnium, and all of the metal parts of the speaker units and volume controls are said to be specially plated to resist corrosion. The face of the speaker unit is covered with a taut line cover that has been impregnated with a waterproof and dustproof chemical that prevents moisture, grist, and dust from reaching the speaker unit cone, it is said.

The housing of the speaker is made of two pieces of light, but strong aluminum, and will not crack, dent or warp, according to the manufacturer. As a result of the housingsi rugged construction, the speaker may be quickly taken apart and reassembled. The fact that

only two patented screws hold the housing together also contributes to easy maintenance.

The unit is made up of the Rainmaster four-inch speaker, a volume control, the cord, and the front and back of the case. There are no core pads or springs to deteriorate.

Toilef for D-l's

An item which should prove to be important to drive-in operators is the new Safeway toilet made by Safeway Sanitation.

Especially designed for areas with drainage problem this toilet is said to use only one quart of water per iiush. Another feature is that it cuts the length of drainage fields about 75 to 80 per cent.

The maintenance costs are practically nil, it is claimed, because Safeway toilets cannot be blocked, are never out of service, and do not overflow. Articles dropped into the toilet can be recovered, or will go directly into the tank below.

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 396