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1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 73 (39)

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition
1954-55 Theatre Catalog
1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 73
Page 73

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 73

rials, carefully regarding directions as to mixing, thinning, and drying time for each coat.

Interesting textured effects can be obtained with stippling paints, either flat or gloss. This type of finish is easy to apply and covers minor imperfections. For cabinet doors or other surfaces which require frequent cleaning, washable paints or enamels are recommended. Here are the basic steps to follow when painting or enameling plywood:

1. Fill open surface areas with wood putty or dough. Sand lightly and dust clean. For additional smoothness, panel edges can be coated with surfacing putty or wood putty. Apply a thin layer and sand smooth when dry.

2. Brush on fiat paint or enamel undercoat. Cover sides and edges. If you discover any unfilled surface blemishes, fill with spackle when coat is dry. Sand lightly and dust clean.

3. Apply second coat of undercoat. For high gloss enamel finish use undercoat mixed of equal parts flat undercoat and high gloss enamel. For semi-gloss or flat finish, use undercoat tinted to approximate shade of finish coat. Sand lightly when dry.

4. Apply final coat as it comes from can. This coat as well as preceding coats may be thinned slightly with turpentine or thinner to get better brushability.

ONE OF THE first drive-ins constructed was the Orange, Orange. Calif. Use, 0! plywood. for surfaces both inside and behind the large screen in this and other early outdoor theatres established value of material tor D-I's.



A two-coat system cMisisting of prime and finish coats may {,also be used.

Textured surfaces may be obtained by priming as in Step 2 above, followed by a heavy coat of stippling paint. The paint coat may then be textured with a stipple brush, roller or sponge.

If water thinned paints are to be used, the plywood should first be sealed with a clear resin sealer, shellac or flat white paint to prevent grain raise. The paint should then be applied according to manufacturers directions for a sealed surface. If slight grain raise is not objectionable, seal coat may be omitted.

Light stain glaze, bond, wax stain and dark finishes are also very effective on fir plywood. These all subdue the grain pattern of the wood and yet retain its natural warmth and character. Plywood should first be sealed with clear resin sealer before dark stain

is applied.

Plywood for Outdoor Screens

It would be a safe guess that most of the picture screens in use by the thousands of drive-in theatres throughout the country today are exterior type fir plywood. Big panels of plywood simplify fabrication and offer broad, flush, relatively joint-free, highly paintable surfaces for maximum image reflection at very low construction and maintenance

cost. Many outdoor theatres carry the

plywood theme thoroughout by using it as well for fences, entrance way display walls, partitions, ticket stalls and directional signs. In the construction of this type of theatre plywood means that practically all the building and finishing can be done with the one material, thus reducing sharply the cost of working and handling.

Plywood for outdoor theatres means 10W upkeep too. Despite the fact that screens, fences, ticket stalls and the rest are subjected most of the winter to rain, snow, sleet and hail, they stand up well when built of plywood. And come spring, cleaning and re-finishing of all parts of the theatre is simple and fast because of the smooth, unobstructed surfaces possible with plywood construction. In many instances, plywood screens finished with standard screen or aluminum paint do not require repainting more than onCe every three years. Here are some examples of hr plywood presently Hperforming" in outdoor theatres.

The exterior fir plywood screen and screen building of the Orange Drive-111 Theatre near Orange, Calif, is still in excellent condition after 13 years of exposure to the weather. This unusual structure was built of 82 individual plywood boxes in 1941 and has had only two coats of paint since that time.

Designed by the architectural firm of Balcher, Bryan, Perkins, and Hutchason of Los Angeles, each box of the struc SCREEN VIEW OF Orange shows construction, which consisted of 82 individual tir plywood boxes. Each box is eight toot cube. This structure has only required two paintings since the drive-in was constructed in early 1841.
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