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story.lead_photo.caption Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/BENJAMIN KRAIN --8/22/2017-- Camille Rule and Chris Counts enter Robinson Auditorium in August. - Photo by Benjamin Krain

New security procedures will soon be in place for three entertainment venues in downtown Little Rock.

Walk-through metal detectors will be mandatory effective Jan. 21 for all ticketed live performances at properties managed by the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau, according to a news release.

Those venues are Robinson Center, the First Security Amphitheater and the Statehouse Convention Center.

Visitors Bureau President and CEO Gretchen Hall called the security measures increasingly “common practice” among other public assembly venues as requirements from event promoters.

“While there is no perfect system, patron safety is our No. 1 priority and concern,” Hall said in a statement. “We strive to ensure our patrons have an enjoyable and safe experience at events in our managed facilities.”

The changed security procedure will be first implemented during the Jason Isbell concert at 8 p.m. Jan. 21 at Robinson Center.

Patrons who attend events at the three venues are also advised to only bring necessary items to expedite the screening process.

Bags and purses are limited in size to 14 inches by 14 inches by 6 inches, and all bags must be searched.

Items prohibited at the venues include weapons, fireworks, pyrotechnics, drugs, illegal substances, recording devices, cameras, computers, outside food or beverages and selfie sticks.

Read Saturday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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  • Slak
    January 12, 2018 at 4:06 p.m.

    Kneeling to terrorism.
    Their evil agenda is working, we accept this as new normal.
    F*ck the terrorists and their frightened US lackey boys.
    Just stop going to the venues, the experience is now crap, thank you very much.
    Nuke the terrorist’s sh*tholes. Obviously we haven’t done enough to strike fear in their evil hearts.

  • SPR712
    January 12, 2018 at 5:58 p.m.

    The boat show will be before the new security is implemented but I guess I will get frisked going to the RV show in February.

  • RBear
    January 12, 2018 at 7:15 p.m.

    Slak what's up with your bizarre comments? It's not terrorists they are worried about. It's about just safety in general. The majority of mass shootings in America have been from Americans. The venues are great and the performances just as good. Actually I'm kind of glad you won't be there. I'd prefer not to be around people like you.

  • Slak
    January 13, 2018 at 3:01 a.m.

    It is all terror, foreign or domestic, you arrogant liberal backshooter.
    How quickly you mewling one worlders accept the government boot on your necks!
    Reality has nothing to do with proglib dreams of a world feeding on unicorn farts.
    The reality is there are almost 8 billion of us and only the elites can eat steak. That is real. A damn good plague wouldn’t hurt.
    You and your few liberal buddies go on to the newly degraded experiences. It won’t pay the light bill, I would hope.