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It shall be the duty of every person conducting, operating or maintaining any theater which is used regularly for motion picture, theatrical or vaudeville purposes and having a seating capacity of 300 or more persons, to procure and keep at his, their or its own expense, one adult male person as a special stage fireman and one adult male person as a fireguard, who shall wear such uniforms and badges as the fire commissioner may prescribe.
Such special stage fireman shall be kept on duty by every such person at every such theater conducted by him at least thirty minutes prior to the commencement of every performance and continuously thereafter during the entire time of such performance and until the entire audience shall have left the building; provided, however, that there shall be no necessity for the employment of a special stage fireman where the stage portion of any building is less than 72 square feet in area.
(Prior code § 90-70; Amend Coun. J. 5-18-16, p. 24131, § 96)