According to myAJC, the Fox Theater is strengthening its security measures through the installation of metal detectors at the entrances.
“As an industry, we’ve seen the move to walk-through metal detectors, especially with the NFL, the NHL, the NBA,” Vella said. “The theater and performing arts industry hasn’t moved as quickly. But we study what everyone is doing and, of course, can’t help but observe what is going on around the world.”
There will be up to ten metal detectors at the entrances and is estimated to take five to seven minutes to walk through.
You will need to remove:
- Cell phone
From pockets and handbags.
You will NOT need to remove:
Patrons are advised to arrive at least 30 minutes early to the theater to accommodate these new security measures.
“The large majority of people who have already experienced (the process) have been appreciative,” he said. “The goal is to have a safe environment, and the majority will understand that.”
For a full list of the venue’s policies, you can go to the Fox Theater Etiquette page.
A side note:
There was some discussion online as to if you can have your concealed weapon while at the theater. According to the theater website:
Does the Fox Theatre allow weapons on its property?
Theatre does not allow weapons on its property.
O.C.G.A. 16-11-127, subsection (c). As a privately owned business, Fox Theatre, Inc. has the right to forbid possession of a weapon on its property. Any person carrying a weapon, who refuses to leave the property after being asked to do so by an employee of the Fox Theatre, is subject to a criminal offense known as “criminal trespass”.
The Fox Theatre is implementing permanent metal detectors to add another layer of safety at shows.
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