I'm wondering how many of you have a space underneath the audience seating that you use for storage?
We have an air plenum underneath our house seating that is begging to be used for prop and furniture storage. The building was originally designed so that these areas could be used for storage. However, after we moved in we were told that this violated fire code and increased the insurance liability of the space.
I have seen this done in a several different theaters around the country and was really surprised to hear that reasoning when I started at my current job. Are other theatre companies just looking the other way on this one? Does anyone know where I could begin to research the building code on this? I am in northern Illinois.
Any advice or feedback would be great. Naturally like any other theater we are always struggling to find storage space and any way I could get the administration to reconsider letting us use these areas would be amazing. Thank you!