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1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 79 (45)

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition
1954-55 Theatre Catalog
1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 79
Page 79

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 79

In seeking to design a building of modern lines, the architects were pleased with the results which, to a certain extent, combined the chief aims of the theatre with a satisfactory and attractive interior to create a building of functional comfort and pleasing lines that reflect good taste.


The exterior composition presents the imposing balance of broad and essential masses, with the corner entrance and tower as the dominating features, The facade is faced chiefly with multi-toned cement concrete which is tooled to give the natural appearance of stone finish, over a course base of smart looking Belgian black marble. The massive effect of the tower at the corner entrance lends an imposing and dignified appearance, and yet, not without the feeling of a gay and inviting quality.


The entry direct to the back stall is through the two-way staircase in the middle of the grand lobby, while the main winding stairway to the mezzanine floor leading to the balcony, is placed at the other end of the grand hall with the vestibule, being entered from the other main entrance. This arrangement happily provides trafdc for two distinctly different routes of circulation, thus avoiding the usual congestion in the grand lobby.

The openess of this stairway promotes an easy promenade to the patrons going up to the mezzanine, and unconsciously induces them not to notice the height of the climb. The additional height is unfortunately unavoidable due to the requirements to provide the car park under the auditorium, the usefulness of which seems to have proven itself practical and justified.

This car park, accommodating 38 cars, is reached from one of the three streets, with separate openings forentrance and exit of vehicles. One of the ticket booths is located next to the stair entrance from the IrvingStreet level to the main auditorium floor, while the other ticket booth is located at the entrance of the passage from Yee Wo Street, and from

there it leads up to the front istall'

through another stairway.

Decorative Treatment

The total seating capacity of the Hoover is close to 1500. All chairs are arranged in a staggered fashion to afford maximum ease to sight-lines, and are designed with the feature of pushback seats, which keep patrons luxuriouly seated throughout the show.

The decorative treatment of the house has been carried out with simplicity and refinement. Every care has been exercised for the use of the suitable color in a quiet manner, and yet not devoid of cheerfulness and friendliness. The Walnut panelling in natural finish along the wainscots and proscenium arch lend an additional sense of comfort. The combined use of gypsum and acoustic plaster for the walls of the auditorium has been calculated for the purpose of acoustic correction. The lighting troughs are equipped with cold cathode lamps together with the general indirect light 1954-55 THEATRE CATALOG

THE STAGE (above) is designed to show all the new film processes and also to accommodate live stage shows. Auditorium (below) has two levels with 518 seats in balcony, and 964 orchestra seats.

THE WALLS and floor of the main lobby are furnished with Italian Travertine and Belgian marble. Directly underneath is a garage with space to hold 33 cars, and avoids a parking problem for staff.
1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 79