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1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 51 (17)

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition
1954-55 Theatre Catalog
1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 51
Page 51

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 51

decorated tea-room with a separate room for playing bridge.


New worlds of hope for constructors and suppliers of furnishings and equipment have been opened by the Governmentls policy of relaxing restrictions on general building. Encouraged by the expectation of permits, as well as by the availability of materials and more spe cialized requirements, the two major cinema groups have already given a lead by announcing programs which involve not only the completion of projects left unfinished by the war but also the .erection of theatres in situations first earmarked for he purpose many years ago.

Although for 14 years and more cinema architects in this country have had little or no opportunity to practice their arts, in some more fortunate lands building has continued undisturbed. In the United States new houses have come along steadily, but without any significant change. In Latin America, in parts of Europe which escaped the penalties of war, and in places where free supplies


THE STUDIO. in Dusseldorf. has among its unusual leatures a: but that is equipped with its own stereophonic sound system, enabling patrons to see and to hear the program while at the bar.

of steel, bricks, timber and other buildmaterial have made life relatively easy for planners and builders, many fine theatres have emerged, Apart from local and traditional influences, the pattern has shown little, if any, variation.

From Cairo to Calcutta, from Portugal to Panama, the main standards of cinema design, even in the newest structures, vary hardly at all from those of the Odeon or the Empire in Leicester Square, London. Yet one of these was completed in 1928, the other barely 10 years later.

There has more recently, been a considerable revolution in methods of presentation. 3-D for its best use called for four projectors where hitherto two have served. CinemaScope has required structural alterations to prosceniums, sometimes to auditoriums; many theatres have been ruled unsuitable to adopt it at all. Stereophonic sound has presented new problems of acoustics as well as others of a more physical nature. Only VistaVision has, so far, failed to make any demand on the theatre itself.

Will these induence trends? Will Cinerama, which has required exhibitors to tear seats out of their theatres literally
1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 51