An elevator is provided with a car and inner and outer doors. The inner door registers with one of the outer doors when the car is disposed within a floor zone. A solenoid on the car has a plunger for blocking the inner door from opening. Power will only be applied to the solenoid to move the plunger to a retracted position to allow the inner door to be fully opened when both the car is disposed within a floor zone and the inner doors are being opened by the main elevator controls. A floor zone sensor is mounted to the car for detecting when the elevator is disposed within one of the floor zones. A door sensor is also mounted to the car for detecting when the inner door is being opened by the main elevator controls. A controller operates the electric solenoid to lift the plunger from the extended position to the retracted position in response to receiving both a door data signal from the door sensor and a floor zone data signal from the floor zone sensor. In the event of a power loss, the plunger will strike a lift clip so that the inner door may close.