Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Exit/In May Shut Down Over Sprinkler Ordinance

Posted By on Tue, Jul 8, 2008 at 4:13 PM

Remember when we told you in October of last year that the new sprinkler ordinance—required for all live entertainment clubs with a capacity of 100 or more as a fire safety measure—could possibly shut down smaller, older clubs who didn't have the money for installation?

That may be happening to Exit/In, according to an e-mail owner Josh Billue just sent out. The legendary club has until March of ’09 to get the sprinklers installed, but it's coming up with $40,000 that has them unsure of their future.

Hello Friends,

For nearly 40 years the Exit/In has been a part of the Nashville music community, and now it needs your help. Legislation was passed that requires all music venues (and only music venues) to have a fire sprinkler system installed. Although we understand and agree with the purpose, the sprinkler system cost, (somewhere in the neighborhood of $40,000) and the time frame, (must have the system installed by March of "09") provide daunting task for any venue. Thus we find ourselves in a situation where if we are unable to raise the money for the system, the doors will close. We have decided as a staff, that our best plan of action is to have a benefit for Exit/In. Six days of music, beer, and good times with our community. The goal would be to raise the money needed to purchase the fire sprinkler system, but no matter what, have a good time. The dates that are tentatively set are Dec 26-31. Any help from you guys would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks to everyone,

Josh Billue & the staff of Exit/In

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