The Soda Fountain The lighting trough was a common 1930s feature in entertainment buildings. Joe Emberton used this a lot but, as we have seen, almost aggressively integrated it with the ventilation and other services. In this example the layout of the counter has very exuberant curves on plan, and these curves are followed by the lighting trough and ventilation bulhead overhead -all formed very carefully in plaster.
Incidentally, this building was completed on the eve of world war 2, and was largely mothballed and disused for the duration of the conflict.
Features to Note Unless I have been misinformed, those swing doors adjacent the soda fountain were the first "magic eye" automatically opening doors in England.
The stairs down led to some very swish toilets. Mrs Doris Thompson, one of the owners, was very particular about giving customers a high standard of facilities and finish. The general idea is that if you had been working in a tough mine or mill and were on holiday then Pleasure Beach would look after you well.
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