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1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 366 (328)

1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition
1953-54 Theatre Catalog
1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 366
Page 366

1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 366


1. Make any phone calls as directed by the manager or assistant.

2. Put all currency and boxoiiice statements in cash box and evacuate the building.


1. Make a practice of observing all lights that are supposed to be burning when the theatre is open. Report to the manager any that are out.

2. Report to the manager any condition observed that may be hazardous, such as: burned out lights, torn carpets, excessive trash in aisles or containers, blocked aisles or doorways and any other condition that you think might be dangerous.

3. Report to the manager any persons who refuse to abide by the regulations.

4. Be thoroughly familiar with the location and use of all emergency fire fighting equipment.

5. Be familiar with the location of all exit doors.

6. Be on the alert for people who might light matches to look for lost articles on the floor. As soon as they are seen, go straight to them even if you have to go between the rows to reach them. Help with your flashlight. This is very important and very serious.

7. Always be on the alert so that the first signs of smoke or fire will be detected immediately, in the event that they should occur. Remember that the lives of many people may depend upon your alertness.

8. In case it is necessary to evacuate the building, see that all exit doors are open. The ushers stationed on the right side of the theatre open the doors on that side and the ushers on the left side open the doors on that side. Then aid in keeping the crowds orderly.


1. See that patrons put out their cigarettes as they enter the theatre.

2. Observe people in the lobby and see that the No Smoking order is observed.

3. In case the theatre must be evacuated, open all outside lobby doors at once. Aid in keeping the crowd moving out orderly.

Popcorn and Candy Attendants

1. Be familiar with the location and use of emergency fire fighting equipment.

2. Do not allow trash to accumulate around the counters.

3. Keep popcorn machine spotlessly clean at all times.

4. In case of evacuation, take cash, disconnect power lines, and leave build mg.

Maintenance Personnel

1. Keep all fuse and switch panels clean and closed up. Check constantly fer faulty or worn wiring.

2. Be familiar with the location and use of all emergency fire-fighting equipment.

3. Replace burned out lights promptly.

4. Report to the manager any dangerous condition that you might find.

5. Keep heating room and other parts of the basement in orderly manner.


6. In case of a fire, assist in fighting it with emergency equipment until the fire department arrives.


1. Learn the location and use of all emergency fire fighting equipment.

2. Store all cleaning supplies and equipment in proper place at all times and in an orderly manner, so as not to block doors or passageways.

3. Empty refuse cans in rest rooms and lobbies frequently. When emptying, inspect for any lighted cigarette butts.

4. Report to the manager any condition that needs repairing or replacing.

5. In case the theatre must be evacuated, check the rest rooms to make sure that people are out of there. Then assist the manager or assistant in any way possible.


1. Report to the manager any condition observed that needs to be corrected, such as torn carpets, blocked passageways, etc.

IN THE PROJECTION ROOM, hot carbons should be discarded in a special metal container. and a fire extinguisher and sand bucket should be yilhin ea: reach for immediate use. Proiectionist Is Frank oliman. Paramount. Brooklyn, N. Y.

2. Empty trash cans in the ladies rest rooms often and inspect for live cigarette butts.

3. Keep all materials properly stored.

4. If the theatre has to be evacuated, see that the ladies rest rooms are empty.

Good Management

Everyone must be alert at all times. The lives uf many people are in your hands. How well you perform your duties in an emergency may be the difference between life and death to others . . . Think . . . Act quickly and properly . . . And above all, BE CALM, more deaths are caused by panic than fire. If you are calm, the audience will more than likely also remain calm.

The enumerated safety rules are merely good theatre management. Every theatreman knows best how each of these basic rules fits his situation.

Fire Prevention

Certainly, the first line of defense is a thorough-going, well-observed program of fire prevention. The preceding summary is a theatre Circuit's emcient approach to the ever-present problem. Here is another. It is a check list of fire prevention measures assembled some years ago by the Maryland State Board of Motion Picture Censors and the State Insurance Commissioner in a joint investigation of theatres throughout that state. Special report blank included the following questions:

Is a uNo Admittance" sign posted at entrance of projection booth?

Do ushers or other unauthorized persons frequent booth?

Is operator experienced and careful in his duties?

Are "No Smoking" signs posted in booth?

Was anyone smoking in booth?

Are walls free from posters, pictures, placards, etc?

Is booth clean and orderly?

Does booth contain clothing, magazines, newspapers, furniture?

Are shutters on peep and. focus holes in good working order and are they held open except by fusible links?

Is film. in booth kept in an all-metal cabinet?

Is there a can with a self-closing lid for scrap film?

Was any film found outside of booth; how much; where?

Does amount of film cement in booth exceed three ounces?

Is there a sand pail for hot carbon?

Is there any temporary or defective win ing in booth?

Are there any portable emergency heaters

in booth?

Is there a carbon tetrachloride extinguisher in booth?

Are aisles and stairways to fire exits clear?

Are exit. lights properly maintained?

Are uNo Smoking" signs posted in auditorium?

Is smoking permitted by audience or others?

Are suitable ash trays provided in rest rooms?

ls heating plant enclosure free of rubbish. ashes, and odd storage?

Are ashes deposited in metal containers?

ls oil burning equipment defective, imo properly maintained or leaking?

Are metal containers provided for paper towels in rest rooms?

Are janitors' used cleaning rags properly disposed of?

Are stage dressing rooms clean and orderly?

Are extinguishers in theatre conspicuously located and are soda and acid extinguishers recharged annually and dated?

A Daily Habit

Under the glass of each managerls desk and on the wall of the projection room-these simple questions will eliminate many headaches, prevent many fires, preclude many panics, save many lives. Fire prevention in theory is easy to understand and sounds extremely reassuring. But it goes to work only for those theatremen who practice it daily and who make check lists like the ones above the beginning, and not the end, of theatre Fire prevention.

1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 366