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BULLET St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 25.40 Theatrical Barges

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Chapter 25.40
Theatrical Barges

Sections:

25.40.010 Applicability of chapter requirements.
25.40.020 Hand railings required.
25.40.030 Exit door requirements--Approval of Building Commissioner.
25.40.040 Exits--Size and number--Designation.
25.40.050 Programs to show exits.
25.40.060 Seats--Distance between--Maximum number between aisles.
25.40.070 Proscenium--Fireproof curtain--Operation and construction.
25.40.080 Inspection of curtains by Building Commissioner.
25.40.090 Fireproof paint required--Curtains to be less inflammable.
25.40.100 Calcium limelights prohibited--Rearrangement of stage ordered by Building Commissioner.
25.40.110 Doors from stage to auditorium must be metal-clad.
25.40.120 Inspection--Right of entry--Interference prohibited.
25.40.130 Skylights required--Manner of construction--Substitutes.
25.40.140 Lighting requirements generally.
25.40.150 Electrical wiring and appliances--Inspection and approval.
25.40.160 Firefighting equipment generally.
25.40.170 License required--Building Commissioner's approval.
25.40.180 Inspection fee--Posting of certificate of inspection.

City Counselor Ops.: 8451

25.40.010 Applicability of chapter requirements.

Every boat, barge or vessel used for any theatrical or operatic purposes and having seating accommodations for one hundred or more persons, and which has seating accommodations for spectators above the first or main floor, shall comply with this chapter.
(1948 C. Ch. 67 27: 1960 C. 718.010.)

25.40.020 Hand railings required.

All stairways and gangways shall have strong hand railings on both sides. These railings shall be continuous across platforms and landings wherever possible.
(1948 C. Ch. 67 28: 1960 C. 718.020.)

25.40.030 Exit door requirements--Approval of Building Commissioner.

All doors shall open outwardly and be kept unfastened and unobstructed during every performance. The exit doors shall be provided with self-releasing latches so arranged as to readily release the doors by pressure against them from the inside. These doors must be approved by the Building Commissioner.
(1948 C. Ch. 67 29: 1960 C. 718.030.)

25.40.040 Exits--Size and number--Designation.

There shall be at least two exits not less than five feet in width, one located at each end of the auditorium, leading directly to gangplanks connected with the dock, pier or the shore. All exits shall be plainly indicated by letters not less than four inches in height, placed over every doorway or passageway leading to the outside. Each exit shall at all times be kept free from curtains, portieres and similar obstructions, and shall be marked plainly with a red light. Every such boat, barge or vessel shall have an exit from the stage to a passageway not less than four feet wide. This passageway shall lead to an exit from the boat, barge or vessel. There shall be a clear, unobstructed passageway leading from the stage and all dressing rooms to such exit.
(1948 C. Ch. 67 30: 1960 C. 718.040.)

25.40.050 Programs to show exits.

All printed programs shall show a plan or diagram of each floor and balcony of a boat, barge or vessel, indicating the location of all exits and passageways leading to the outside.
(1948 C. Ch. 67 31: 1960 C. 718.050.)

25.40.060 Seats--Distance between--Maximum number between aisles.

All seats, except those contained in boxes, shall be at least thirty inches apart, measured from back to back, and shall be firmly secured to the floor. No seat shall have more than nine seats between it and an aisle, and no stool or seat shall be placed in any aisle.
(1948 C. Ch. 67 32: 1960 C. 718.060.)

25.40.070 Proscenium--Fireproof curtain--Operation and construction.

The proscenium opening of every such boat, barge or vessel shall be provided with a curtain of asbestos or similar fireproof material. This curtain shall cover the entire proscenium opening. It shall be operated with rings and snaps sliding on wire cables or metal supports, and constructed in such a way that it can be lowered from the fly floors and the stage. The fireproof curtain shall be lowered at the close of every performance and shall be operated from the stage by proper devices for that purpose.
(1948 C. Ch. 67 33 (part): 1960 C. 718.070.)

25.40.080 Inspection of curtains by Building Commissioner.

It shall be the duty of the Building Commissioner to inspect and test the construction and operation of such fireproof curtains at such intervals as shall, in his opinion, insure their maintenance in a good and sufficient condition for the safety of the audience.
(1948 C. Ch. 67 33 (part): 1960 C. 718.080.)

25.40.090 Fireproof paint required--Curtains to be less inflammable.

A. All woodwork on the stage, fly-galleries, and rigging-lofts shall be painted with fireproof paint or treated with an approved fire-resisting material so as to be effectively rendered safe against fire. The curtains about the proscenium boxes, and all draperies, portieres and curtains within the auditorium or any aisles or corridors thereof shall be chemically treated to make them less inflammable. The frame or woodwork surrounding the canvas scenery used by the boat, barge or vessel shall be painted with fireproof paint and the reverse or back side of such canvas scenery shall be treated with an approved fire-resisting material.

B. The use of scenery painted with oil is prohibited.
(1948 C. Ch. 67 34: 1960 C. 718.090.)

25.40.100 Calcium limelights prohibited--Rearrangement of stage ordered by Building Commissioner.

The use of calcium limelights is prohibited, except on the stage floor. Whenever the Building Commissioner shall be satisfied that in any theatrical or operatic performance an extra hazard of fire will exist by reason of the employment of large quantities of scenery, nets, ropes, lights and other inflammable material, he shall order such scenery and lights arranged in such a manner as will reduce the hazard to a minimum degree.
(1948 C. Ch. 67 35: 1960 C. 718.100 and 718.110.)

25.40.110 Doors from stage to auditorium must be metal-clad.

All doors leading from the stage to the auditorium shall be metal-clad doors.
(1948 C. Ch. 67 36: 1960 C. 718.120.)

25.40.120 Inspection--Right of entry--Interference prohibited.

The Building Commissioner and his assistants shall have the right to enter any such boat, barge or vessel or any parts thereof at any reasonable time, especially when occupied by the public, in order to determine the existing conditions and discharge their respective duties. It shall be unlawful for any person to refuse admission to such officers or to obstruct them in any manner in the performance of their duties.
(1948 C. Ch. 67 37: 1960 C. 718.130.)

25.40.130 Skylights required--Manner of construction--Substitutes.

A. Over the stage there shall be metal skylights of a combined area equal to one-tenth of the area of the stage, and glazed with glass not exceeding one-eighth of an inch in thickness. Each light thereof shall measure not less than three hundred square inches. The whole of each such skylight shall be so constructed as to open instantly upon the cutting or burning of a cord fastened to the floor at the rear side of the stage or the melting of a fusible link, which shall be arranged to hold such skylight closed, or some other equally simple approved device for their opening automatically in case of fire on the stage. As an extra precaution, they shall be so constructed that they may be instantly thrown open by means of a strong wire cable reaching them from the stage floor or by any equally effective means for their being opened manually which may be approved by the building commissioner. A strong wire netting constructed of wire not less than number ten gauge, and of a mesh not larger than one inch shall be securely suspended below the glass of all skylights.

B. In case it is impracticable to construct skylights as herein described, it shall be permissible to provide, in lieu thereof, ventilating openings in the walls above the stage, at such locations and of such size and construction as shall be approved by the building commissioner. Such ventilating openings shall be arranged to open in the same manner as skylights above the stage.
(1948 C. Ch. 67 38: 1960 C. 718.140.)

25.40.140 Lighting requirements generally.

Every part of such boat, barge or vessel used for theatrical or operatic purposes, and all outlets leading to the outside thereof, including all passageways, shall be lighted during each performance and until the entire audience has left the premises. All lights in the halls, corridors, lobby or any part of such boat, barge or vessel used by the audience, except the auditorium, shall be controlled by a separate shutoff, located in the front portion of the boat, barge or vessel and controlled from that particular place only. All suspended or bracket lights surrounded by glass globes or shades in any part of such boat, barge or vessel devoted to the public shall be provided with proper wire netting underneath. No light shall be inserted in the wall, woodwork, ceilings, or in any part of such boat, barge or vessel unless protected by fireproof materials. All lights in passages and corridors shall be protected with proper wire network. All border, ceiling, or other lights on or over the stage shall be incandescent electric. All lights on the stage side of the proscenium wall in dressing rooms, store rooms, and other places, other than incandescent electric lights, shall have strong wire metal guards or screens not less than ten inches in diameter, so constructed that any material in contact therewith shall be out of reach of such lights, and shall be rigidly attached to the fixtures in all cases.
(1948 C. Ch. 67 39: 1960 C. 718.150.)

25.40.150 Electrical wiring and appliances--Inspection and approval.

All electrical wiring and appliances used in connection with the lighting of such boat, barge or vessel shall be approved by an inspector of the section of electrical inspection in the department of public utilities.
(1948 C. Ch. 67 40: 1960 C. 718.160.)

25.40.160 Firefighting equipment generally.

Two barrels filled with water shall be kept in position for immediate use on the stage and each gallery. Each barrel shall be provided with two buckets. These barrels and buckets shall be painted red. There shall also be provided such portable fire extinguishing apparatus as, in the judgment of the building commissioner, may be necessary for the protection of the audience. On each tier or floor of the stage there shall be kept at least two axes, two 20-foot hooks, two 15-foot hooks and two 10-foot hooks.
(1948 C. Ch. 67 41: 1960 C. 718.170.)

25.40.170 License required--Building commissioner's approval.

Every such boat, barge or vessel shall pay to the license collector the license fees required by the current license ordinance of the city. No boat, barge or vessel shall be used for theatrical or operatic purposes until such boat, barge or vessel shall have been approved by the building commissioner, in writing, as required by this chapter. The license collector shall not issue a license for any theatrical or operatic performance to be conducted in such boat, barge or vessel until the certificate of approval has been given, in writing, by the building commissioner.
(1948 C. Ch. 67 42: 1960 C. 718.180.)

25.40.180 Inspection fees--Posting of certificate of inspection.

A. The fee to be paid for each inspection shall be five dollars if the seating capacity of the boat, barge or vessel does not exceed one thousand. For every additional one thousand seats or fractional part thereof, an additional sum of five dollars shall be paid.

B. It shall be the duty of any manager, owner, licensee or keeper of any such boat, barge or vessel to post the certificate of inspection of the building commissioner, or a true copy thereof, in the auditorium of such boat, barge or vessel.
(1948 C. Ch. 67 43: 1960 C. 718.190 and 718.200.)

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