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Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau announces new security procedures for all ticketed live performances

Jan 12, 2018, 14:03 PM by Libby Doss Lloyd

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Jan. 12, 2018) – Walk-through magnetometers will soon be utilized at Robinson Center, First Security Amphitheater, and Statehouse Convention Center for all ticketed live performances, announced the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau (LRCVB), and the first event they will be used will be at the Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit concert at Robinson Performance Hall Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 8 pm. Magnetometers have become an important tool for venues, and their use will now be mandatory for all live performances at LRCVB-managed properties.

“These new security procedures have become common practice in public assembly venues, and many promoters are requiring these type of security measures be in place,” said LRCVB President & CEO Gretchen Hall. “While there is no perfect system, patron safety is our number one priority and concern. We strive to insure our patrons have an enjoyable and safe experience at events in our managed facilities. We hope all our patrons will be patient as our staff adapts to this ‘new normal’ that we all face,” she added.

Guests are advised to arrive early to events, and bring only necessary items* in efforts to help expedite screenings. All patrons, employees, vendors and visitors will be required to be scanned. Expectant mothers and those with pacemakers will be screened with handheld devices. Patrons will not need to remove their hats, shoes, belts or watches as with airport security. Instead, they will place their cell phones, keys and any other metal objects on a security table prior to walking through the metal detectors. *Exceptions will be made for medically necessary items.

Items Allowed: Patrons will be limited to small bags or purses (maximum bag size: 14” x 14” x 6”). ALL bags will be searched. To provide faster entry, those without bags will expedite the process.

Items NOT Allowed: Backpacks, bags larger than 14”x14”x6”, more than one bag, weapons of any kind, knives of any kind, pepper spray/mace, fireworks or pyrotechnics of any kind, outside food and beverage, flasks, coolers, drugs, illegal substances, skateboards, rollerblades, bicycles, helmets, beach balls, Frisbees, streamers, confetti, laptop/tablet computers, 2-way radios, cameras, laser pointers, flashlights, balloons, permanent markers, spray paint, noise making devices, audio or video recording devices (except cell phones and authorized media equipment), signs/flags/banners, selfie sticks, chains, spikes, and any other item that may be deemed by event organizers and/or staff as a potential safety or security threat.


Upcoming Events

Jan. 27-28, 2018: Arkansas Symphony Orchestra – Tchaikovsky’s Passion

Feb. 3, 2018: The Illusionists – Live from Broadway

Feb. 10-11, 2018: Arkansas Symphony Orchestra – Music City Hit-Makers

Feb. 24-25, 2018: Arkansas Symphony Orchestra – The Planets

March 10-11, 2018: Arkansas Symphony Orchestra – A Tribute to Ella

March 17-18, 2018: Broadway production of Dirty Dancing

March 27, 2018: Arkansas Symphony Orchestra – Sound Textures

March 31, 2018: An Evening with Jason Mraz

April 5, 2018: David Feherty – Live Off Tour

April 14-15, 2018: Arkansas Symphony Orchestra – Beethoven & Blue Jeans

April 18 – May 6, 2018: Broadway production of Disney’s The Lion King

May 12 – 13, 2018: Arkansas Symphony Orchestra – Raiders of the Lost Ark: In Concert  

May 29 – June 3, 2018: Broadway production of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical


“Live Performance” means an event, the predominant purpose of which is an artist-performed or artist-influenced display of sensory stimuli, including but not limited to those of an audio or video nature.


LRCVB Mission

The Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau (LRCVB) is the official destination marketing organization of Little Rock. The LRCVB is charged with improving the quality of life and the local economy by bringing visitors, meetings, conventions and events to the city; and serving customers, visitors and delegates with courtesy, knowledge and skill. The LRCVB also manages the Statehouse Convention Center, Robinson CenterRiver Market and multiple parking facilities.


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