Remains of a false balcony in the auditorium
Another sad photo.. This is of the architectural design of the auditorium, showing that it was a “Spanish look”. A textured stucco was to the sides and below, while acoustic tiles were added to help reduce the “speaker bounce” of the audio. The cinder block columns were added to support the second floor the HVAC company built for storage towards the mid and rear of the old auditorium.
A note about the audio and bounce of speaker sound. The Bexley had a huge (at least 40' wide) white screen with millions of holes in it. Behind the screen sat a James B Lansing (JBL) “Voice of the Theater” speaker (cabinet about 5' wide x 6' tall and 4' deep) and on top sat a 3' wide by 1' tall horn. The holes in the screen (made that way) supposedly served two purposes. They helped give “depth” to the visual image by improving contrast, plus they allowed the sound to more clearly come out from the center. There was no surround sound or any other speakers in the auditorium. The speaker was powered by a very large RCA tube-type amplifier in the front right corner of the projection booth. The amp stood about 5' tall, 20" wide, and about 10" deep and was attached to the wall. It clearly picked up 1450 WJER (the local AM station) during quiet passages of movies. :)
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