New York City Picture Film Law.
Herewith is a copy of the regulations established by the New York City Municipal Explosives Commission governing the manufacture and use of inflammable motion picture films. It is possible that some slight changes may be made before they are approved by Mayor Gaynor:
Definition—By the term “inflammable motion picture films” is meant a film made of a nitrocellulose product or other similar substance, used for the purpose of displaying motion pictures for exhibition.
Sec. 1. It shall be unlawful for any person to store or keep on hand any inflammable motion picture films in a quantity greater than ten reels or aggregating more than ten thousand feet in length without a permit from the fire commission.
Sec. 2. Applications for permits for the storage of inflammable motion picture films shall give in detail the following information: (a) Name and address of the applicant; (b)location of premises; (c) other purpose for which the building is used; (d) nature of the business in which the applicant is engaged in such building.
Sec. 3. No permit for the storage of inflam mable motion picture films shall be issued for any building: (a) Which is situated within fifty feet of the nearest wall of any building occupied as a school, theater or other place of public amusement or assembly; (b) which is occupied wholly or in part as a tenement house, dwelling or hotel; (c) which is artificially lighted hy any means other than electricity; (d) which is a frame or wooden building; (e) which is not equipped with an approved system of automatic sprinklers.
Sec. 4. No permit for the storage of inflammable motion picture films shall be issued for any building which does not contain one or more separate compartments for the storage of such films. Each compartment shall not exceed one thousand cubic feet in space area, and shall he constructed upon .suitable foundations, having no opening except the door leading into the building, and having the walls, floor and roof constructed of Portland cement concrete at least six inches thick, or brick masonry at least eight inches thick. The bricks to he laid in and covered by Portland cement mortar.
Sec. 5. A compartment fur the storage of inflammable motion picture films shall not be artificially lighted except by electric lights having air-tight bulbs, globes or tubes ereased in suitable wire cages fitted with keyless sockets. All plugs, switches, etc., shall be on the outside of the compartment and at least four feet above the floor.
Sec. 6. The door for each storage compartment shall be of metal or other fireproof material, and self-closing; am! all shelves and fixtures inside the compartment on which inflammable motion picture films are to be stored shall be of metal or other non-combustible material.
Sec. 7. Each compartment wherein inflammable motion picture films are stored shall be ventilated by a flue constructed of concrete and lined with tile pipe at least eight inches square inside measurement and extending from the floor of the compartment at a point opposite the door to at least six feet above the highest point of the roof of any building within a radius of twenty-five feet.
Sec. 8. Each ventilating flue shall have an opening into the compartment four by six inches in area, placed three inches below the ceiling, and covered at both ends with sixteen mesh brass wire gauze firmly fixed in place.
Sec. 9. All examining, repairing or piecing together uf inflammable motion picture films shall be done in a room not used for any other purpose and separated from the rest of the building by fireproof partitions and self-closing fireproof doors.
Sec. 10. Not more than ten reels nor more than ten thousand feet in the aggregate of inflammable motion picture films shall he under examination, repair or handling at any one time, and each reel of films shall be enclosed in a tight metal box when not being handled.
Sec. 11. Each room used for the repairing or piecing together of inflammable motion picture films shall contain a metal can, wherein all waste parts and scraps shall be placed and kept covered with water.
Sec. 12. No collodion, amyl acetate or other similar inflammable cement or liquid in quantities greater than one quart shall be kept in a room or compartment wherein inflammable motion picture films are stored or repaired.
Sec. 13. No beat other than steam or hot water, and no stove, forge, torch, boiler, furnace, flame or fire; electric dynamo, motor hoist or other electric appliance that may produce an exposed spark, shall he allowed in any room or compartment used for the storage or repair of inflammable motion picture films.
Sec. 14. It shall be unlawful for any person to use for exhibition purposes within the city of New York any inflammable motion picture films unless in a machine or apparatus for which a certificate of approval has been issued by the fire commission.
Sec. 15. (Sec. 43, Chapter III.—Bonds and Fees). For a permit allowing the storage of inflammable motion picture films, as provided for in Section 1 of this capter, the applicant shall pay an annual fee of $60.
Sec. 10. (Sec. 49, Chapter III.—Bonds and Fees). For a certificate of approval of a machine or apparatus for the display of motion pictures. the applicant shall pay a fee of $50.
Sec. 17. A person who violates any of the provisions of this chapter is guilty of a misdemeanor.