The two troublemakers were eventually asked to leave by the manager and commissionaire , but not before visiting the cloakroom and then creating as much disturbance as possible on the way out.
The place had a uniformed commissionaire , a dress circle and rude behaviour was ruthlessly stamped out by frightening torch-wielding usherettes.
He is manhandled out of the room, down a labyrinth of hallways, and then finally deposited in the lobby with a firm reminder to sign out and leave his pass with the commissionaire .
To access the elevator he had to collect an electronic tag from the commissionaire , who punched in its encoded number.
I remember one occasion, he threatened the commissionaire in reception with the sack if he didn't switch off the television!
A commissionaire guides me through heavy wooden doors, past towering marble pillars into a vast circular entrance hall covered from floor to ceiling in intricate frescos.
It is impressive both in terms of its collection and its architecture but the moment that impressed me the most was the privilege of chatting with a commissionaire as I stopped by the entrance to the main exhibits area.
Several of our guests thought that he was a hired commissionaire !
The mistake was made because the usual commissionaire was unavailable to raise the flag on that particular day.
The imposing flight of steps outside, flanked by art deco lamp standards and a uniformed commissionaire , certainly suggests something special.