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4Nov."15, 1938.
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G. E. YOUNG
STAGE CONSTRUCTION FOR THEATERS AND THE LIKE
Filed May 22, 1957
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Patented Nov. 15, 1938
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UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE
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ST'AGE
CONSTRUCTION FOR
AND» THE LIKE
THEATERS
Graeme E. Young, Deerfield, Ill.
Application May 22, 1937, Serial No. 144,245
6 Claims. (Cl. 20--1.123)
This invention relates to improvements in stage tion of a stage structure showing the manner of
construction particularly adapted, though not
adjusting one of the sections with relation to
limited in its use in theaters, for television, and
other purposes, and one of thek objects of the
same is to provide an improved stage construction
embodying a plurality or series of sections, each
others of the sections,
section being adjustable with respect to the other,
and associated with each of the sections is a
rotatable platform or table. The sections are
adapted to be shifted or bodily moved` with rela.
tion to each other, and each of the platforms or
tables are adapted to be rotated with relation
to its respective supporting section, and also with
Figure 3 is a detail sectional View, on an en
larged scale, taken on line 3_3, Figure l.
Figure 4 is a vertical sectional View taken on
line ll-ä, Figure 1.
The stage consists essentially of a plurality of
sections I8 of any desired size, construction and
configuration, but in the present exempliñcation
of the invention they are shown as being prefer
ably hexagonal in cross-section.
Each of these sections consists essentially of
a body portion having supporting surfaces II
relation to the other platforms or tables and
upon which sections, as Well as rotatable plat
forms or tables, may be arranged suitable stage
and is mounted upon a carriage I2, also of any
desired or suitable construction. The section II
settings, each being operable to facilitate change
may be supported by the carriage in any suit
in scenes or stage settings.
A further object is to provide a stage of this
character in which the sections are angular in
cross-section whereby when the sections are prop
able nianner so as to rotate about the vertical
axis. A simple and eiiicient manner of support
ing the section upon the carriage is by means 20
of ball or roller bearings I3 operating in suitable
erly positioned with respect to each other, they
raceways.
will not only provide a substantially continuous
The carriage itself may be supported by means
or uninterrupted surface, but a considerable area
of caster wheels Ill that run in tracks or ways I5
will be provided for the stage settings, within a
having suitable stops IG-I'l at the extremities
thereof so that when the carriage I2 is bodily 25
minimum area, and the sections are so arranged
that as large a stage area as may be desired,
within the limits of the structure, may be em
ployed.
A further object is to provide in a stage of this
character means whereby the sections may be
bodily adjusted or shifted to positions out of
contacting relation to and with the other sections,
then rotated to present another section of scen
ery, after which the sections are moved back into
co-operative relation to form or present the as
moved the rollers will run upon the tracks I5 and
the carriage will be limited in its movement by
the stops I6 and Il.
structure of this character which will be of a
Supported by the section II is a platform or
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table I8 which is mounted for rotation with re
spect to the section in any suitable manner and
about an upright axis.
A simple and efficient means for so mounting
the table or platform are balls or roller bearings
I9 which operate in suitable raceways.
The table or platform I8 may be of any desired
diameter and may be located with its axis con
centric with the axis of the section I I or eccentric
simple and compact construction, easily manipu
with respect thereto, and the table or platform
sembled stage relationship.
A further object is to provide an improved stage
lated, and effective and efficient in operation.
To the attainment of these ends and the ac
complishment of other new and useful objects
may be located in any desired position with re 40
spect to the section upon which it is mounted.
The upper surface of the table or platform I 8
vas will appear, the invention consists in the fea
45 tures of novelty in substantially the construction,
is preferably hush with the upper surface of the
section II.
Any number of these sections Il may be em 45
ployed and they are arranged in abutting rela
combination and arrangement of the several
parts, hereinafter more fully described and
claimed and shown in the accompanying drawing
illustrating this invention, and in which
Figure 1 is a top plan view of a stage of this
character constructed in accordance with the
principles of this invention, partly broken away
and showing in dotted lines another position in
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which some of the parts may be moved.
rFigure 2 is a view similar to Figure 1 of a por
tion so that a substantial portion of the periphery
of the sections will abut a substantial portion of
the periphery of the next adjacent section or
sections.
These abutting portions of the peripheries of
these sections maintain them against rotation
about their vertical axes with respect to their
supporting sections.
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The sections I0, as shown, being hexagonal in
cross-section, one of the faces of each section will
abut one of the faces of the next adjacent sec
tion. The sections l0 may be arranged about a
central platform or table 20 which latter may also
be of any desired construction and of any de
sirable configuration in cross-section.
As shown, the central platform is hexagonal
in cross-section and is stationary or non-rotat
10 able and is encompassed by the sections I0.
The sections lil are mounted with respect to
the central platform 20 so as to be bodily adjust
able toward and away from the latter and ra
dially with respect thereto, the upper surface of
15 the platform 2l] being substantially flush with the
upper surface of the sections l0 and the tables
I8.
When the parts are in the assembled position
as shown in full lines in Figure l, the abutting
20 surfaces of the sections with respect to the plat
form 20, will maintain the sections I0 locked or
against rotation about their Vertical axes and
in this position any suitable stage setting or
scenery may be placed upon the sections and
platforms, or if the stage is employed for tele
vision, the televisor may be mounted upon the
platform 2i) and if it is desired to employ a larger
area of the stage construction than can be em
ployed when the televisor is mounted upon the
platform 20, it may be moved to any position and
upon any of the sections or tables or platforms to
command a greater area of the stage.
The scenery to be used in the instant case is
arranged or erected when the sections are as
C3 di shown in full lines in Figure l.
At the same time additional scenes or sections
of scenery may be placed upon the sections I0,
as well as the tables i8, so that when the sections
I0 are shifted or the tables I8 rotated, or both,
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they will be brought into view in conjunction
with or in place of the scenes which would be
employed with the parts in position as shown in
full lines in Figure l, or co-operate with each
other to form new scenes or stage settings after
- the previously arranged scenes have been moved
out of position for use.
This change or shifting is effected by moving
the carriage ¿"2 from the full line position shown
in Figure l to the dotted line position, thereby
moving the contacting portions of the peripheries
of adjacent sections out of engagement. This
will permit the section Il) to be swung about its
vertical or upright axis as shown more clearly in
Figure 2 to position any predetermined portion
of the section with respect to
The section is then moved
line position shown in Figure l
with the other sections and
maintained against rotation.
the other sections.
back into the full
so as to co-operate
so that it will be
ing a stationary platform, a plurality of sections
angular in cross-section encompassing said plat
form and arranged in side by side relation, ex
tended portions of the peripheries of each of said
sections abutting the periphery of said platform,
other extended portions of the peripheries of the
sections abutting the peripheries of the next ad
jacent sections, said sections when in assembled
relation forming a substantially uninterrupted
supporting surface about said platform, means 10
mounting said sections for bodily adjustment
with respect to each other and radially towards
and away from said stationary platform, and out
of and back again into side by side contacting re
lation with each other, means for limiting such
radial adjustment and for maintaining said sec
tions in fixed relation With respect to each other,
and means also mounting said sections for ro
tation about vertical axes when the sections are
out of contacting side by side relation, whereby 20
to position the moved section in a different side
by side relation to an adjoining section.
2. A stage of the character described embody
ing a stationary platform, a plurality of sections
angular in cross-section encompassing said plat 25
form and arranged in side by side relation, ex
tended portions of the peripheries of each of
said sections abutting the periphery of said plat
form, other extended portions of the peripheries
of the sections abutting the perlpheries of the 30
next adjacent sections, said sections when in as
sembled relation forming a substantially unin
terrupted supporting surface about said plat
form, means mounting said sections for bodily
adjustment with respect to each other and ra 35
dially towards and away from said stationary
platform, and out of side by side relation and
back again into contact with each other, means
for limiting such radial -adjustment and for
maintaining said sections in fixed relation with 40
respect to each other, means also mounting said
sections for rotation about vertical axes when the
sections are out of side by side relation, whereby
to position the moved section in a different side
by side relation to an adjoining section, and a
platform or table of substantial diameter revolv
ably mounted upon each of said sections.
3. A stage of the character described embody
ing a stationary platform provided with a plu
rality of peripheral faces, a plurality of sections
encompassing said platform and being arranged
in side by side relation with respect to each other,
said sections having abutting faces, each of the
said faces of said sections also adapted to be
brought into abutting relation with the said faces
of said platform, means affording a bodily rela
tive movement of said sections one toward and
away from the other and out of side by side re
lation, and also toward and away from the plat
Obviously any form of mechanism may be em
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ployed, necessary or desirable for the purpose, to
rotate the various sections and tables.
form whereby any predetermined one or more of
ln the present exempliñcation of the inven
tion, however, the structure is so designed that
65 the various parts may be adjusted or rotated
about its axis to position other faces of its periph
ery to be moved into different side by side rela
tion, and also abutting relation to the platform,
manually.
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means for limiting the movement of the said sec
What is claimed as new is:
tions radially away from the stationary plat
form and for maintaining the sections in fixed
positions with relation to each other, the said sec
tions at all times in assembled relation providing
a substantially uninterrupted supporting surface
of substantial radial depth about said platform.
4. A stage of the character described embody
ing a platform, a plurality of hexagonal spaced
1. A stage of the character described embody
sections, said sections arranged in side by side 75
While the preferred form of the invention has
been herein shown and described, it is to be un
derstood that various changes may be made in
70 the details of construction and in the combina
tion and arrangement of the several parts, with
in the scope of the claims without departing from
the spirit of the invention.
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said sections may, when moved away from each
other and also from the platform, be rotated
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relation and encompassing said platform with
the proximate faces of adjacent sections
abutting, thereby providing a substantially un
interrupted supporting surface encompassing
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from the other and out of side by side relation,
whereby any predetermined one or more of said
sections may, when moved away from each other
and from the platform, and out of side by side
said platform, means affording a bodily radial
relation, be rotated about its axis to position
movement of said sections one toward and away
other faces of its periphery to be moved into a
from the other and out of side by side relation
whereby any predetermined one or more of said
sections may, when moved away from each other
10 and out of side by side relation, be rotated about
its axis to position other faces of its periphery
different side by side abutting relation to the
proximate face of the next adjacent section and
to be moved into different side by side abutting
relation to the proximate face of the next adja
cent section, all of the abutting faces of the sec
tions and of the platform being of substantially
equal areas, stop means for limiting such radial
movement of the sections away from the plat
form and for maintaining the sections in -fixed
positions with relation to each other, and a plat
20 form or table of substantial diameter revolvably
mounted upon one or more said sections.
5. A stage of the character described embody
ing a platform provided with a plurality of pe
ripheral faces arranged at angles to each other,
a plurality of sections, each of said sections pro
vided with a plurality of angularly disposed pe
ripheral faces, said sections arranged in side by
side relation and encompassing said platform
with the proximate faces of adjacent sections
30 abutting and the proximate faces of the platform
and of the sections also abutting, thereby pro
viding a substantially uninterrupted supporting
surface with and also encompassing said plat
form, means affording a radial bodily relative
movement of said sections one toward and away
of the platform, a supporting surface on which
said sections are movable, and stops co-operating 10
with said surface to limit such radial movement.
6. A stage of the character described embody
ing a platform, a plurality of sections, each of
said sections provided with a plurality of periph
eral faces disposed at an angle with respect to 15
each other, said sections arranged in side by side
relation and encompassing said platform with
the proximate faces of adjacent faces abutting,
thereby providing a substantially uninterrupted
supporting surface encompassing said platform,
means affording a radial bodily relative move
ment of said sections one toward and away from
the other and out of side by side relation where
by any predetermined one or more of said sec
tions may, when moved away from each other
and out of side by side relation, be rotated about
its axis to position other faces of its periphery to
be moved into different side by side abutting re
lation tothe proximate face of the next adjacent
section, said sections being movable upon ways, 30
and stop devices co-operating with said ways
whereby to limit such radial movement of said
sections and for maintaining them in ñxed as
sembled relation.
GRAEME E. YOUNG.
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