posted on Jul, 22 2012 @ 02:22 PM
It's not a fire exit. It's the exit in front of the theater next to the screen. People exit out of them sometimes after the movie instead of going
back the way they came. Employees also use them to take out the trash after cleaning up after each movie gets over so they are not seen carrying bags
of trash through the lobby, where people would be standing in line purchasing food and drinks. These doors are all equipped with a mechanism to allow
employees to return after taking trash to the dumpster. The mechanism can be learned by a curious person who is mechanically inclined. As a teen I
used to sneak into movies a lot, and this wasn't useful for that, per se, as its a good way to get caught if you're using it to sneak other people
in. But as a mechanically interested guy with a job in construction, doors and locking mechanisms were something I dealt with. I don't go to movies
nearly as often today, but I use the mechanism to keep the door open while I step outside for a smoke, as its closer and quicker than going back
through the lobby so I could get back to watching my movie. The mechanism usually includes an inch and a half strip, connected to the door itself,
that runs from the top of the door to the bottom and is situated between the door and the doorjamb. If you know how, you can cause this strip of
"extra door" to tilt inward or outward enough so that It will obstruct the door from being shut. Another process will bring it to its original
position so that It may be shut properly again.
The employees cleaning up In between movoes woukd have put it to its origonal position, unless they were in on It,, so a movie goer watching the movie
previously shown In the same theater could not have been the one to leave it In the open position.
Anyway, im sure there are other doors with other mechanisms but these are the ones I am familiar with in the US. There may even be some with alarms, I
have just never seen them, or seen them labeled as fire.doors. the standard exit sign Is lit up above the door. I hope that helps.