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1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 74 (40)

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition
1954-55 Theatre Catalog
1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 74
Page 74

Drive-ins Mentioned

Star-Lite Drive-In, Tacoma, WA

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 74

HUG-E FIR plywood screen at Fife, Fife, Wash., (above) is good example of newer type of steel lraming With attached plywood projection screen. Fir plywood trusses (below) supply the structural backing for this prefabricated outdoor screen. Plywood provides light-weight framing member of great strength.

ALTHOUGH DESIGNED first as an outdoor siding material Texture l-ll tit contemporary interior applications.

trends. Designers are using it for paneling,

accent wall. and for other indoor

ture is an 8-foot cube with a Douglas fir frame and a covering of three-eighthsinch exterior type fir plywood. The plywood is glued to the frames with Laux No. 88 glue.

This particular theatre was among the first drive-ins constructed. Use of plywood for the screen and screen building in this and other early outdoor theatres established the usefulness of the panel material for this special type of structure. The structure was prefabricated and erected on the site just prior to the wars interruption of construction for entertainment purposes.

The Ballantyne Company in Omaha, Neb., uses 56 foot fir plywood trusses as the structural backing for drive-in movie screens. In this particular application, exterior type fir plywood threequarter-inch thick gives these trusses their high degree of rigidity.

Each screen requires four trusses on which lumber and screen surfacing are mounted. The plywood forms the heart of the truss and is framed on both sides and at top and bottom with two-inch by eighteinch chords. The plywood is applied in four-foot widths perpendicular to the chords and each joint is covered with two-inch by six-inch framing. Each set of four trusses for one screen is tied together with two-inch by six-inch stringers on two-foot centers.

In addition to providing necessary rigidity to the trusses, plywood simplifies prefabrication and provides for a light-weight framing member without sacrificing strength. Assembly is completed on the ground and then the screen is raised into place.

In Tacoma, Wash, the Starlite DriveIn Theatre has been using an exterior fir plyw00d screen for several years. The smooth, flush surface of the screen which measures 52 by 40 feet is finished with a special screen paint perfected by Parker Paint Company with a high degree of reflectivity, Chester Nilsson, owner of the Starlite, says he only has to refinish the screen once every three years. Using three-quarter inch exterior plywood over 16-inch center and allowing a one-thirtyesecond-inch gap between panels to account for moisture equilibrium, Nilsson has avoided any problems of warping or buckling.

Plans are near completion for the erection in Renton, Wash, of a new drivein theatre which will feature an 85 by 45 feet exterior fir plywood screen suitable for the reproduction of wide-vision CinemaScope films. Oscar Chiniquy, owner and builder, plans to use one-halfe inch exterior plywood over 18-inch centers for added rigidity. The framework will consist of a multi-braced structure of four by eights and four by sixes to provide maximum stability for the outsizc screen. He will finish the plywood scrocn surface with either aluminum or special screen paint.

The Fifc Drive-In Theatre at Fife, Wash, just outside 'llaconm, is an ideal oxample of the newer steel framework which utilizes an exterior fir plywood screen. Lumber framingr members bolted to the steel frame hold the rigid, lightweight plywood screen which, despite heavy rain, requires only minimum maintenance. It is finished with Parkerls special, highly reflective screen paint.

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 74