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1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 145 (123)

1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition
1945 Theatre Catalog
1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 145
Page 145

1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 145

posed construction measured up to that standard.


All construction throughout the state of Illinois, where such is regulated, is governed by the various municipal building ordinances where the construction may be performed, according to Cornelius W. Macardell, assistant in the Division of Architecture and Engineering.

City of Chicago

Bluntly and to the point, Paul Gerhardt, Jr., Commissioner of the Department of Buildings, declares, iiThis type of construction is not in compliance with present building codes of the City of Chicago, particularly as applied to exterior walls." '


As long as these all-steel, pre-fabricated theatres provide sufficient and proper exits, and comply in every respect with the state law, there should be, according to John W. Strohm, state fire marshal, no objection to this type of theatre. However, several Iowa cities and towns have- ordinances governing the construction of theatres.


The insurance commissioner, under existing statutes, is the sole authority in the State of Maine having jurisdiction over the construction and licensing of theatres. "Before committing the approval of this department to such prefabricated theatres," declared Joseph A. P. Flynn, chief supervisor of the Insurance Departmentis Bureau of Fire Prevention, Inspections, and Investigations, "we would like to have for perusal, if at all possible, a copy of the plans and specifications of such pre-fabricated theatresfy

City of Portland

A brief examination of the material did not show enough detailed information for the inspector of buildings to say whether the proposition would comply with the Portland Code or not.


The chief deputy comptroller, J. O. McCusker, states that the State of Maryland does not have any building code covering the building of pre-fabricated theatres. The several municipalities have their own building codes.

City of Baltimore

The construction of all-steel, pre-fabricated theatre, as described, itdoes not seem to conform to the requirements of our Building Code, unless the volumes of such structures are below 100,000 cubic feet," declared H. F. Lucke, Jr., buildings engineer. uThere is not? he continues, Hsufficient detailed information, and, therefore, I do not feel that I am sufficiently familiar with the construction to make any further comments."


An examination of the laws, rules, and regulations governing theatres in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts-as set forth in Forms A, B1, and C of the Department of Public Safety, as provided



by Roy K. Beaudry, acting supervisor of plans*reveal nothing that is prejudicial to pre-fabricated theatres as such. The rules, as presented, are such that prefabricated theatres could be constructed in complete compliance. However, municipalities may have, in their codes, rules more drastic and restrictive than allowed in the more generally-phrased Chapter 143 of the General Laws.


In Michigan, according to A. N. Lair gius, director of the State Administrative Boardis Buildings and Construction Division, it would be necessary that each pre-fabricated theatre comply with the building code in force within the local governmental unit in which the theatre is erected.

HIt may be of interest to mention," Director Langius goes on, tithat there is being promulgated in this state a standard iTownship Building Code which, when adopted by the townships, will regulate construction in suburban and outlying territory. This state has no building code applicable to small communities. However, the state regulation with regard to minimum means of egress would need to be complied with. The authority for condemnation of any hazards lies in the office of the State Fire Marshal.

tiThis office is not aware of any official prejudice against pre-fabrication if the accepted standards and principles affecting the safety and well being of the public are adhered to. On the other hand, any form of construction promising to become a shambles if improperly maintained would, of course, meet with suspicion and discouragement?


According to William E. Barksdale, executive secretary of Mississippiis Building Commission, states there is no state building code, but usome cities have building regulations],


Inasmuch as Montana has no state building code, Sam W. Mitchell, secretary of state, advises that it would be necessary to comply with any ordinances relating to building in any cities of the state in which the construction of such pre-fabricated theatres might be desired. Such information could be obtained from city councils.


City of Omaha

Because the material in the published work was insufficient (insutiicient, of course, only because the original source was too secretive on the important and critical details), Rodman M. Brown, chief engineer of Omahais Building Department, was unable to reach any definite conclusions.

"It will be necessary to furnish us with complete working drawings? Brown said, tibefore it would be possible to determine Whether the proposed structures would meet the requirements of our Building Code?


City of New York

The building code of the City of New York, advises Edward P. Grovard, borough superintendent, Manhattan, requires construction which would preclude the erection of the described all-steel, pre-fabricated theatres.

IF BUILDING CODES AND THE MEN WHO ADMINISTER THEM seem tough and not amendable to "reason," let it be remembered that theirs is no lightly-assumed responsibility. Here is seen the type of fire damage that building codes endeavor to prevent. And in their efforts to prevent such loss of property, building codes must be exacting, and any structure, pre-fobricaied or completely built on the site, must conform to the rules.
1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 145