Martin, as a long-time “I Love Lucy” fan, this pic is indeed a doozy! Interesting layout but like you said, it makes sense.
Here’s another view with an audience and “No Smoking” sign.
Enjoying your posts so much. Jean
This set-up was conceived by Carl (Papa) Freund, as I recall. Papa was a renowned Cinematographer in Europe and a brilliant man.
Just looked up Carl Freund on Google and I recommend the information to all film addicts.