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1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 71 (37)

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition
1954-55 Theatre Catalog
1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 71
Page 71

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 71

ACOUSTICALLY PERFECT panels of ii: plywood

have been used as part of the sound system in Temple Theatre. Tacoma. Wash" satisfactorily.

smooth, highly paintable surfaces would be wasted on anything but a finish job. Whereas, a panel with rough, unsanded faces would be unsuitable for anything but a structural application. A helpful chart of types and grades of fir plywood with suggestions for specific use in theatres will be found later in this article.

Fir Plywood for

Theatre Construction

Fir plywoodls remarkable two-way strength, which makes it such a valuable

structural material, is the result of its cross-grain panel construction. Thin sheets of veneer (plys) spread with adhesive are assembled in odd numbers (three, five or seven plys to a panel) with the grain pattern of each sheet running counter to that of adjacent plys. This cross-lamination of plys also makes fir plywood puncture proof and split proof, both of which are invaluable qualities to the theatre owner, especially if he operates on "wild west" Saturday afternoons.

Either in new construction or remodeling of the modern theatre, fir plywood is an economical, ideal solution to the problem of subdooring. This is one of the most important elements in construction because the durability and appearance of finish flooring, whether it be wall-to-wall carpeting or asphalt tile, depend entirely on its foundation. Plywood subfloors give rigidity, level surface and dimensional stability (resistance to shrinking, swelling, warping and buckling) and plywood underlayment, the smooth base for finish flooring, provides broad, level, joint>free planes which means no bulges, humps or other dangerous points of wear in the finish material.

Walls sheathed with rigid, light weight panels of plywood have been proved twice as strong as those sheathed diagonally with ordinary boards. To the theatre builder, this means added strength and durability plus savings because the big four by eight sheets go on quickly with less nailing necessary. The same holds true for roofs sheathed with fir plywood.

Smooth, paintable panels of exterior type fir plywood offer a striking contrast when used for siding accents in combination with rough stone, cement brick or glass. In suburban neighborhoods, the community theatre sided with dramatic panels of Texture One-Eleven with its rich linear and textural pattern takes on a unique distinction. The outstanding value of this new panel material in addition to its visual beauty is that if offers considerable savings because it can be applied directly to studs as a combination sheathing and finish material.

Theatre interiors benefit extensively through use of fir plywood for wall and ceiling paneling, built-in refreshment bars, rest room booths and partitions, backstage storage and dressing room facilities. Lobby or foyer walls and ceilings paneled with warm, attractive real wood extend a hospitable welcome and oHer an air of informal comfort when finished with a rich, natural lustre. Built-in candy bars are economical to build and can be made portable because of plywoodls light weight and because it requires so little framing. Backstage storage units and dressing rooms go together quickly and cut costs further because they can be constructed of less expensive grades of interior plywood with no sacrifice of strength and durability.

Finishing Fir Plywood

Fir plywood finishes easily and well. But in the case of a theatre owner who plans to do his own finishing, it is well to know that a job of painting or stain EXTERIOR TYRE FIR PLYWOOD

For permanent outdoor uses where appearance of both sides is important: entrance display walls, partitions, signs for drive-in theatres.

Uses similar to Exterior A-A panels but where appearance of one side is less important: ticket stalls, otlices for drive-in theatres.

Versatile Rene-side" grade of exterior iir plywood with waterproof bond, excellent for picture screens for drive-in movies.

Unsanded grade of exterior for backing or rough construction: backing for outdoor screens, tool and maintenance sheds for drive-ins.


For all interior applications where both sides will be in view: cabinet doors, built-in storage units, displays, rest room partitions.

For all inside uses requiring one surface of highest appearance and opposite side solid and smooth: aisle markers, lobby displays.

Many-purpose tione-sideil material for interior use where appearance of only one








side is important: wall and ceiling paneling, built-ins, counters, fixtures, displays, cut-outs, finish floor underlayment.

Base and backing material: backstage storage compartments, equipment stalls; face solid, paintahle.

Unsanded sheathing or structural grade of interior fir plywood: wall and roof sheathing, subfiooring, temporary enclosures, partitions.




Striking exterior panel with waterproof bond for distinctive exteriors; marked by deep parallel grooves and rich texture of unsanded real wood: for fences, display walls, ticket stalls, entrance walls in drive-in theatres. Effective decorative material for interior accent walls, displays.

()VERLAID PLYWOOD Exterior fir plywood with waterproof bond, excellent, grainless paint surface of o glass-smooth, flint-hard resin: suitable for siding, entrance display walls, counter tops, picture screens; impervious to acids, abrasion.

Composite panel with either exterior or interior bond olfering wearing qualities and toughness of tempered or treated hardboards plus strong, rigid fir plywood backbone: cabinet doors, exterior siding, counter tops.



1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 71