Overture Center for the Arts has implemented additional security procedures for all guests. Our focus has always been the comfort and safety of our guests and we believe this step to be part of that goal. The new procedures outlined below are being implemented at most or all performing arts centers and public performance spaces all around the country. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please let us know by writing us at email@example.com.
We thank you for your continued patronage and support!
Please note the below security measures in effect at Overture:
Plan to arrive 30-45 minutes prior to curtain to allow enough time for a security inspection and to find your seat.
Overture will be utilizing new walk-through security screening technology that you will be required to move through on arrival. This should eliminate lines and allow foot traffic to quickly flow into the spaces. You may be asked to submit to additional screening if any prohibited items are detected.
The following items are prohibited:
- Weapons of any kind
- Small knives and jackknives
- Chemical weapon, including mace and pepper spray
- Cameras with external flash or interchangeable lenses – no professional photography without authorization
- Audio and recording devices
- Tripods, bipods or monopods (photography stabilizers)
- Selfie sticks
- Laser pointers
- Noise-making devices
- Signs, flags and banners unless specifically authorized
- Projectiles of any kind
- Skateboards, scooters and roller blades
- Pets – licensed service animals exempt
- Any additional items security determines could potentially distract from audience’s safety and enjoyment or present a safety risk.
Large bags and backpacks are prohibited from entering the theater and can be checked after being inspected. For your convenience, we suggest you make other arrangements for these items before arriving.
Do not leave your personal items unattended.
If you see something, say something. We ask that our guests alert Overture staff if they identify the following items or situations:
- Unattended packages or belongings
- Suspicious behavior
- People in weather inappropriate clothing
- Anyone tampering with surveillance cameras or entering unauthorized areas
Security System FAQs
Q: Can I bring in a firearm for protection if I have a permit?
A: Only on/off duty law enforcement personnel are allowed to carry firearms in our building. Holding a concealed carry permit does NOT authorize you to carry a firearm in any place that prohibits the on-premise possession of a firearm or other weapon. Overture Center for the Arts does NOT allow possession of a firearm except by law enforcement. Members of law enforcement carrying a firearm are required to check in with security and provide us with their contact information and proof of employment.
Q: What if I have a prohibited item?
A: You will not be allowed to bring a prohibited item into the building. You will be instructed to remove the item from the building (i.e., take it to your vehicle) and check back in with security after you have removed the item from the premises. Q: If I leave the building will I be allowed to come back in? A: In most cases, yes. 201 State Street, Madison, WI 53703 | administration: 608.258.4177 | ticket office: 608.258.4141
Q: Can I go through the security screener if I have a pacemaker or other medical implant?
A: The Express operates in the range used by Electronic Anti-Theft Systems typically used in retail settings, and the FDA has determined the likelihood of EAS systems interfering with implanted medical devices is extremely low.
Q: Can I go through the security screener if I am pregnant, or think I might be pregnant?
A: Most common exposures to low frequency radio waves (also known as nonionizing radiation) are not considered hazardous to you or your unborn baby. For example, computer screens and cell phones use nonionizing radiation at exposure levels that are considered safe.
Q: Can I bring in a knife for my protection?
A: No, a knife or any other bladed/edged weapon of any size is a prohibited item.
Q: What is Overture Security doing for my protection?
A: Overture Security is screening all who come into the building for weapons via an artificial intelligence screening system. Overture Security Officers are also required to maintain first aid training certifications and trained to recognize and report suspicious behavior and items.
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