SHOW BUSINESS: 303 Wonders

The first prefabricated theater in the U.S., designed to do practically every thing for the patron except pay for his ticket, was opened at Long Beach, Calif, last week. Built by National Theatres Corp.'s president Charles Skouras, it is constructed of steel, gypsum and Fiberglas sections and seats 1,164 people. Said a brochure handed out to first-nighters: "The instinct of self-preservation is one of the strongest in mankind. No audience can fully relax unless it is assured nothing in the way of accident, fire or earthquake can mar its entertainment." To give...

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