The Film Daily (1937)

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THE Saturday, Jan. 16,1937 mn DAILY ENT ii:he Motion Picture Theater ing occur, possibly with disastrous consequences. In such cases, the extinguisher and its container should be renewed. Copper is more resistant to corrison from soda-acid extinguishers than steel, and remains serviceable for a longer period. All such extinguishers should be examined internally at least every two years. The special province of the foam extinguisher is in fires having their origin in oils, petrols and similar liquids, the flames from which would merely be scattered by jets of a watery solution. The "foam" extinguisher is composed of myriads of tiny globules of carbon-dioxide which cling tenaciously to a flame, excluding air and thus stifling the blaze. This oil extinguisher, which can be produced in about five seconds, will rapidly quell the fiercest burning of fires, provided there is enough of the liquid. The ordinary two-gallon container will often not be sufficient in quantity. There are foam engines of from 10 to 30 gallon capacity, which can be wheeled about and operated by one man. Foam extinguisher should not be employed on a fire of electrical origin, as its first discharge is wholly liquid. For fires of electrical origin sand or a powder extinguisher is the best. The extinguisher should be aimed with all the force possible. The liquid carbon-tetrachloride being a non-conductor of electricity, is also recommended for fires of electrical origin. The carbon-tetrachloride extinguisher is also recommended for fires originating from oil and petrol, unless originating from bulk storage. However, there is a danger of toxic poisoning, as the extinguisher, if it comes in contact with certain materials, turns to a gas which may contain phosgene vapor fumes, twice as toxic as chloroform. The phosgene is soon decomposed by the high temperature of a fire, and the danger of suffocation is not great. This type of extinguisher should be used indoors only when no other appliance is available. It is not recommended for use in the theater proper. Extinguishers of methyl-bromide, or mixtures of it, which produce a choking gas cloud, should not be used in the theater itself. In projector fires, water is of no avail. Here CO appliances should be used. It should be remembered that most chemical extinguishers are but "first aid" in the case of fires. Water remains a stand-by in the usual types of fires, and for turning it upon flames the small-bore hose reels have advantages over the larger hydrants and collapsible canvas hose. The water sprinkler system is best adapted for the stage, wings and flies with their flimsy flats, draperies, costumes, etc. STANDARD EQUIPMENT RELIABLE SERVICE mrinuu r T \t THEATRE SUPPLY COMPANY — _. . , For Ten Years HHl IUI1HL Un I he Job u:iiliju:i « EQUIPMENT FIELD NOTES » » New Haven — Contract for 1,000 floating comfort seats and all theater and booth equipment, stage and accessories, totalling approximately $20,000, for the State Theater, Torrington, was awarded to Modern Theater Equipment, the work to start immediately under the personal supervision of Lou Phillips. The house which remained unfinished for the past nine years, and was recently taken over by Levine, Jacobson and Kaufman of Bridgeport, is scheduled for a Feb. 7 opening. The house will be operated by State Theater, Inc., of Torrington, a new corporation, with the Bridgeport trio as directors. Levine and Jacob son are also directors of the Strand Amusement Co., which operates six neighborhood houses in Bridgeport. Detroit — Oliver Theater Supply, Inc., has sold two low intensity Brenkert lamps and rectifiers to Harold Schuckert for the Rex Theater, at Vassar, Mich. Detroit — Ernest Forbes is changing the Theater Equipment Co., which he headed for some years to the new Oliver Theater Supply, Inc. Offices will remain on the first floor of the Film Exchange Building, and the same general line of theater supplies and equipment will be carried. The new move marks the complete affiliation of the Cleveland store, operated by F. P. Langford, who is secretary and treasurer of the company, while Forbes is president and general manager. The store is being completely redecorated. Omaha — Scott-Ballentyne Co. announces sale of sound projection and 500 seats to Bob Oliver and Mrs. Muriel Frandsen, who hope to open their new $25,000 house at Onawa, la., about Feb. 15; new carpet to Oscar Johnson's Rivoli, Falls City, Neb.; lamps and rectifiers to E. L. Jonson's Bend, North Bend, Neb., and Magic Weather cooling systems for April installations to A. R. Miller's Broadway, Audubon, la., Glen Newbold's Temple, Yates Center, Kan., and J. P. Lamson's Rivoli, West Point, Neb. REEVES STUDIO Most Modern Equipped Sound Recording Studio in the East • Noiseless Film and Disc Recording • Location Equipment ALL WORK GUARANTEED 1600 Broadway MEd. 3-1270 New York "ONE IN A MILLION" One in a million theatre patrons won't notice the carpet on your floor, but the other 999,999 will. Attractively styled, deep-pile carpet goes a long way toward creating a luxurious atmosphere — which is one reason why you'll find Alexander Smith Carpets in the majority of the country's most successful theatres. ALEXANDER SMITH CARPET