> > > >

1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 534 (508)

1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition
1945 Theatre Catalog
1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 534
Page 534

1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 534

The size of the theatre and its staff of employes dictates the appropriate type of training program. In palatial theatres, a formal schedule, printed texts, and periodic training ,classes with outside instructors for key employes to whom considerable responsibility is delegated, may be advisable. In small theatres, the manager may have to train himself to handle most responsibilities and give his employes informal and individual instruction. A definite program needs to be established in any case. The local fire chief and other authorities; outside the theatre should be scheduled to address the staff at intervals. In small communities, neighboring workers may be brought together for such meetings.


Whatever its form, the training schedule should achieve these results:

(1) All employes should know the regulations to which an audience is subject, the reason for the regulations, and how to act when violations are noticed or suspected.

(2) Ushers should have special in struction in the technique of seating au'" h diences and handling, or calling the man ** ' ager to handle, audience irregularities. If it is understood that seating a speci

THIS FIRE, apparently originating in an accumulation of waste paper beneath a steam radiator in a recess in the . . . partition at the lobby, and ignited presumably by a carelessly discarded cigarette, resulted in heavy damage fled portlon 0f the audlence Vla the far'

to the Colonial Theatre Building, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on February 6, 1945. Attempts of employes to exting. ther aides is a- Safety measure in case wish the fire before sounding the alarm was a contributing factor in the tire that occured in the Telenews Theatre, of panic, because people tend to leave San Francism, on March 19, 1943. This fire (below) resulted in damage to the reviewing and proiection rooms. a theatre by the route used in entering,

ushers will be more conscientious about their job the safe way. Similarly, they should understand the need for seeing that many small children are not grouped together without having a controlling number of adults seated among them.

(3) Employes should know where the theatres fire protection equipment is located. All of them should know how to operate hand extinguishers, and selected employes should know how to handle other specified equipment. Each employe should know what he is supposed to do if a fire or panic emergency arises. In large theatres, one employe should send out a test signal over the fire-alarm system before each performance. In smaller theatres, the phone numbers of the nearest fire station, the police, ambulance, and doctors services should be posted at every phone.

(4) All employes should know how to spot and report common fire hazards, and selected employes should be responsible for making frequent inspection of emergency exits, lounges, basement, outside alleys, and areas where smoking may occur. The manager or some employe representing him should check the auditorium, wash rooms, and foyers for smoldering cigarette butts before the theatre is closed up for the night.

(5) Special employes (projectionists, cashiers, janitors, watchmen, etc.) should be acquainted with special hazards they may encounter and the safest way to deal with such emergencies.

As a rule, when employes fail to cooperate in a safety program, they are either unaware of safe methods, or they are unconvinced that certain practices are unsafe. A thorough job of employe education, if it is continuous, will practically assure the success of safety pro. gram in any theatre.

1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 534