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    Default Heinz Hall to start security screening in January

    Heinz Hall to start security screening in January

    Jeremy Reynolds
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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    Dec 18, 2019
    4:44 PM

    The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has announced that security screening will begin on patrons at Heinz Hall on Jan. 17.

    The security measures include screening equipment currently in use at Lincoln Center in New York City and many other venues. They will apply to PSO concerts and other events at the Downtown venue.

    The symphony will implement a “free-flow” system created by Evolv Technology of Boston. Instead of metal detectors and bag checks, Evolv scanners capture images as ticket holders enter the hall and scan for weapons. Heinz Hall will not retain the images, officials said.

    Ticket buyers will be able to walk through the new scanners unimpeded, keeping coats and bags on their person. There will not be a bag search, though the symphony reserves the right to check patrons’ bags as they enter the hall as is current policy.

    In October 2018, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust implemented security measures for its Downtown venues including the Benedum Center, Byham Theater, August Wilson Center and O’Reilly Theater. At those venues, security measures include metal detectors and bag inspections that have increased the amount of time it takes to get into the theaters.

    The PSO, which owns Heinz Hall, has been in discussions about implementing security measures for more than a year but has waited until a technology appeared that would not inconvenience ticket buyers.

    “We take safety very seriously and are implementing additional measures to continue to assure that we provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all,” Melia Tourangeau, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, said in a statement.

    For patrons using wheelchairs or ones who do not wish to pass through the scanners, personnel will be on hand to search bags and use wands to check them, as is the case at Cultural Trust-owned venues.

    Why now? Added security is becoming commonplace at cultural institutions around the country and is required for certain companies like Disney Theatrical Group and Live Nation. Touring shows continue to reserve the right to require additional security measures.

    In a statement, the orchestra encouraged Heinz Hall patrons to begin arriving earlier after Jan. 17. Doors open at least an hour before all events at Heinz Hall.

    Kevin Wilkes, the trust’s chief security officer, said the technology being rolled out at Heinz Hall was not available when screening began in 2018 at trust-owned venues. If it works as promised, he said the trust will explore using the technology at its Downtown theaters.

    He added that the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has screened more than 700,000 theatergoers since the rollout and has confiscated items ranging from knives and stun guns to cans of pepper spray and bottles of wine.

    Jeremy Reynolds: jreynolds@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1634; twitter: @Reynolds_PG.
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    Default Re: Heinz Hall to start security screening in January

    Is this due to all of the shootings that have taken place inside Heinz Hall?
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    Default Re: Heinz Hall to start security screening in January

    Aggies Coach Really ??? Take off the tin foil bro.

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    Default Re: Heinz Hall to start security screening in January

    Yeah they sent an email today as well. Sad.
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    Default Re: Heinz Hall to start security screening in January

    This article actually gets to the truth of the matter...,

    " certain companies like Disney Theatrical Group and Live Nation."


    If these venues want to continue to get shows from the biggest producers, they have to comply. Follow the $$$
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    Default Re: Heinz Hall to start security screening in January

    How does it work? Is it a big ass back scatter xray? If I have a foil lined coat on would it still work?

    I guess it doesn't really matter. I'm not a big theater person and I stopped buying their gift certificates when they started their own security theater last year.

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    Default Re: Heinz Hall to start security screening in January

    The last paragraph of the article states:

    He (Kevin Wilkes, the trust’s chief security officer) added that the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has screened more than 700,000 theatergoers since the rollout and has confiscated items ranging from knives and stun guns to cans of pepper spray and bottles of wine.
    What right did they have confiscating those items if he wasn't a police officer and those items were banned by law?

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    Default Re: Heinz Hall to start security screening in January

    Quote Originally Posted by eagleclaw View Post
    The last paragraph of the article states:



    What right did they have confiscating those items if he wasn't a police officer and those items were banned by law?
    ^^^^

    I would love to know the legality of that too.

    From their website on their policy: https://www.pittsburghsymphony.org/p...sked-questions

    Bag and Personal Belongings Policy
    Heinz Hall reserves the right to search any bags entering the facility. Oversized bags must fit comfortably under a seat to ensure the safety of patrons entering or exiting seats and aisles. Bags failing to meet these requirements must be checked at which time a search will be conducted by security or returned to your vehicle. You are encouraged to leave personal computers and iPads at home, as they are required to be turned off during performances.
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