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Security

The safety and security of all Wharton Center patrons, artists, staff and volunteers is our top priority. Increased security measures may be in place for your performance. This may include bag checks and the use of hand-held or walk-through metal detectors. 

Ticket holders will receive security information before their events.

Security checks will take place at the Bogue Street (front entrance) and the atrium entrance adjacent to the parking ramp.

Events with Increased Security

Prohibited Items

Prohibited items include but are not limited to:

  • Cameras and recording devices (other than phones)
  • Alcohol and illegal drugs
  • Animals (except service animals)
  • Any items that may be deemed disruptive to the performance
  • Outside food and beverage
    • Clear, sealed, 12oz or less water bottles are allowed
  • Backpacks, oversized bags, cinch bags, luggage
  • Firearms and weapons of any kind (including pocket knives)

This list is not all-inclusive and may change at any time without notice.

Patrons will be asked to remove prohibited items in their possession from the premises or may be refused entry. There is no storage area and confiscated items will not be returned. Patrons are encouraged to bring minimal personal belongings to the theatre and allow time for security screening.


Please be advised, per Michigan Compiled Laws, Sections 28.425o(1)(f), this is an entertainment facility which has a seating capacity of more than 2,500 individuals. Concealed weapons and firearms are prohibited within the facility.

Wharton Center management reserves the right to change the security policy or implement any security measures required for any performance without advance notice.


Questions regarding security measures at Wharton Center, please contact Nina Silbergleit at (517) 884-3119 or Ana Whitman at (517 884-3116 or via email at security@whartoncenter.com