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1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 70 (36)

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition
1954-55 Theatre Catalog
1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 70
Page 70

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 70

Plywood Goes to the Theatre

Review of the Many Uses to Which the Versatile Plywood Material May Be Adapted In Indoor and Outdoor Theatres

BRIEF: There are very few building materials which can even come close to plywood as far as the many and varied applications to which it may be put . . . Plywood is both light in weight and low in cost . . . These factors . . . coupled with its rugged strength . . . make it ideal for use in conventional roofed and

outdoor theatres.

This article presents the reader with a review 0/ the various types of plywood that are currently available . . . and the specific uses for which each type is best suited . . . There are valuable tips on how to properly paint and finish plys wood for exterior uses . . . and for interior purposes . . . The many areas of the theatre which can be improved with plywood are given individual treatment . . . There is also an interesting section devoted to drive-in theatres specifiCally . . . and how plywood is used [or screens . . . concession buildings . . . boxomces . . . em.

It is said that the test of a good actor is versatility and the same holds true when it comes to building materials. Fir plywood, the most versatile performer in today's building materials field, plays its vital role in the construction and remodeling of indoor and outdoor theatres throughout the nation, to continued applause from theatre owners and builders alike.


Plywoodis claim to versatility is not a boast; its a fact. For example, herels an idea of how much of the construction show plywood can carry: subiioors, underlayment for finish floors, wall and roof sheathing, exterior siding, interior wall paneling, outdoor picture screens, partitions for rest rooms, backstage dressing rooms for ushers and usherettes, and built-in storage units for marquee letters, candy, tickets and general theatre supplies.

Versatility such as this plus fir plywoodis large standard panel Size (four by eight feet), which means speed of application, adds up to outstanding savings for the theatre owner or builder who specifies plywood-savings not at the expense of durability and appearance, but in addition to it. For fir plywood, despite its light weight and low cost, is rugged structurally. Pound for pound, it is one of the strongest building materials on the market today. As for appearance, it offers the warm, richs grained surface of real wood for nat FIR PLYWOOD otters man ideas to: lobby displays and aisle markers iko this Bugs Bunny culoul. Such displays and cutouts are easy to make. and economical when lit plywood is used.


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ural interior wall paneling as well as a smooth, unblemished surface for fine painting.

Types of Fir Plywood

When specifying fir plywood for any building or remodeling job, it is well to know that it is manufactured in two distinct types. Exterior type plywood is made with 100 per cent waterproof glue for use where exposed to moisture or weather. This type of plywood is branded on the panel edge with the industry-owned grademark, itEXT-DFPAP which is the buyers assurance that it wonit come apart even if it is subjected to boiling water. On the other hand,

Interior type plywood is manufactured with a highly moisture resistant but NOT waterproof glue. This means it can withstand occasional wettings such as might occur during construction but will come apart under constant moisture. Knowledge of these two types will eliminate two dangers: delamination through use of. an interior panel where exterior plywood was indicated; unnecessary expense because exterior plywood was used Where less expensive interior panels would have been more suitable. Also, it is well to know that within each type of fir plywood are a half dozen ttgrades" which further suggest specific use. These grades are determined by the appearance of the outer faces 0r plys of a panel. For example, an exterior panel with one or two

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