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Exit doors? 16 Dec 2001 19:21 #27846

  • Simfilms
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I am designing for a "storefront" art theatre, approx. 100 seats. I have been
unable to find any prices for exit doors
with the panic bar to use for budgeting.
Anyone have any suggestions?
Also, in addition to a single entrance door
in the lobby section, we only have access to
put one exit door for the auditorium.
Is this acceptable for this number of seats?
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Re: Exit doors? 17 Dec 2001 09:34 #27847

Exit doors and thier location depend on your local fire code. we had 250 seat aud with one exit door. Check with your local building code dept. as far as pricing check with a local construction co. I am sure it varies from state to state.
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Re: Exit doors? 18 Dec 2001 12:12 #27848

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Dear Simfilms

Virtually all of the North American Building Ciodes permit a single exit door and single entry door in an auditorium of only 100 seats. The only proviso is that the two doors must be separated from each other a distance of at least half the diagonal dimension of the auditorium.
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Re: Exit doors? 29 Jul 2002 12:22 #27849

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I don't have a balcony in my theater but I was wondering about emergency policy regarding balconies. Do they have to have exit doors also? Some balconies are set very high and I would think outside fire escapes might be hazardous.
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Re: Exit doors? 06 Aug 2002 13:00 #27850

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Poppajoe

I've been away for a month travelling in France and Spain, so I've kind of lost touch with the forum. Balconies require the same exits as main floors. If it has less than 60 seats, (50 in some states) it doesn't require a second exit. In some of the theatres we've done splits on, the exits from the balconies have been horrendously difficult to accommodate. Often, we have used exterior fire escapes, because there just isn't any other way to get the people out.
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