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1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 59 (25)

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition
1954-55 Theatre Catalog
1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 59
Page 59

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 59

A VIEW of the front entrance of the Marunouchi Nikkatsu Theatre. Made of aluminum. the boxoffice is moveable. and can be stored when it is not needed.

cent of the total of theatres in Japan. The largest theatres hold about 3,700 persons.

It has been found that theatres with a seating capacity between 500 and 1,000, have little difficulty with sightlines or acoustics. Therefore, most exhibitors concentrate on getting a greater seating capacity at a nominal cost, and still be able to build a theatre that will attract the public.

In Tokyo, today, it is considered that a figure of $200 per seat, including such things as air conditioning equipment, furniture, rugs, electrical fixtures, etc., can be considered a fair cost for the construction of a new theatre in the general amusement centers, For instance, if a theatre with a 1,000 seat capacity can be constructed at a cost of $200,000, it is considered to be eco


THE wooden walls of the basement lounge (above) are tastefully designed. The first floor lobby uses light and heavy masses to: a pleasing effect.

THE CURVING facade was constructed by making use of a unique concrete pouring process. Gray tiles and a red and black plastic spray finish were used.

nomically sound. Naturally, the cost of the land is not included in this cost. In general a construction cost of $10 to $12 per square foot is considered necessary. Therefore, if a theatre can be built in an area of 18,000 square feeth, rather than 20,000 square feet, it is possible to build a better theatre by utilizing that extra two dollars a square foot on such things as furnishings and equipment. In Japan construction costs are estimated by the floor area.

Seat Sizes

By constantly studying and working the Japanese theatre design has been improved day by day. However, it is only recently that theatre operators realized that it was not always the wisest thing to merely install more seats in an effort to increase income. It took

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 59