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1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 62 (28)

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition
1954-55 Theatre Catalog
1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 62
Page 62

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 62

THE SPACIOUS and ultra-modern auditorium 9f the Nongai (above) is an indication of the strides made in theatre architecture. Featuring imposing pillars. the first and second iloor lobbies (below) impress.

natural that the construction of new theatres increased in those areas.

Those theatres having a seating capacity of 500 or less were built at a comparatively low construction cost. In the downtown section, the large prewar theatres renovated the damage sus" tained during the war, and operating as first run theatres, attracted most of the crowds.

In 1954, in Tokyols civic center called the Marunouchi District, a new theatre, the Marunouchi Nikkatsu came into existence. The theatre was designed and constructed by Takenaka Komuten Company, Ltd., and has a seating capacity of 1,511 with a 65 foot wide stage. There is a fully equipped air conditioning system branching into four circuit systems functioning throughout the year, and maintaining pleasant air conditions in all parts of the building.

The interior walls of the auditorium are covered with a specially weaved orange colored fabric, while the ceiling is gracefully moulded in wavelike effects finished with :tsbost0s plaster. Its acoustic effect is very satisfactory, as Well as being pleasing to the cyc.

The floor of the lobby was covered with a red carpet, and it is said to be the first and only theatre in Japan to have carpeted floors. The reason being that the condition of the streets are very poor and usually can not maintain the carpet in good condition in ordinary theatres. 0n the walls and ceilings of the lobby artistically (lesigned lumber materials have been used, and a portion of the area contains Japanese pictures, creating an oriental atmosphere.

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 62