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1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 46 (12)

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition
1954-55 Theatre Catalog
1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 46
Page 46

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 46

ALTHOUGH there is no competition from television. the Spanish public insist upon seeing good pictures and in comfortable surroundings. One of the better theatres in Spain is the Coliseum in Santander.

and the Chief Officer of the Fire Brigade. Following this, plans must be submitted to the City Engineer of the Municipality, as well as the Drainage Engineer, for approval.

Building regulations vary from state to state, but generally speaking follow a similar pattern.

It is also most important to secure an understanding from the local body responsible for power supply that the necessary power supply will be made available.

There are restrictions on the supply of certain building materials such as iron, steel and cement. An application must be made and the plan submitted to the Government Controller of these commodities, along with detailed information regarding the quantity of steel, cement, etc., required.

There is no difficulty in obtaining skilled laborers, carpenters, electricians, and so forth. Thus, once all the preliminary approvals have been secured, building operations can proceed quite rapidly, provided of course, there is adequate supervision and proper planning.

Weather a Problem

One of the principal problems which theatre owners have to contend with is that of the weather. During the four months monsoon period theatres are subjected to almost continuous heavy rain. Thus, waterproofing of the theatre roof is of the utmost importance. Otherwise

cent of the theatre takings, up to a limit of Rs .150 per week.

The Film Federation of India is continually pressing the Government for some relief from these taxes.

Three-Dimension films, Wide screen, (iinemaScope and Stereophonic Sound have all served to maintain the interest of the picture-going public, particularly that section of the public which patronizes those houses devoted to the screening of English pictures.


The indigenous film production industry is substantial and succeeds in producing

between 220 and 250 feature pictures per year. These are responsible for producing at least 90 per cent of the boxoflice receipts, the balance coming from tilms imported from foreign countries.

Any exhibitor contemplating the construction of a new theatre or extensive rcmodcling must be possessed of infinite patience, as he must first of all secure permission of several governmental and semi-governmental bodies, which in itself takes considerable time.

Before construction of a new theatre or remodeling of an existing one can be undertaken, permission must first be secured from the Commissioner of Police

considerable damage could be done to ceilings and insulated ducts. Between monsoons, cinemas are subjected to intense heat, and this together with the monsoonal rains, spoils the facades of many theatres.

The intense heat constitutes a major problem for theatre owners. Several of the first-class theatres in large cities are air-conditioned, but the majority depend upon ceiling fans and cross ventilation for relief from the heat.

In the construction of new theatres there is a definite trend toward simplicity in design and the use of subdued colors. This represents a distinct departure from


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1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 46