A message to our patrons regarding COVID-19


Pittsburgh Public Theater, in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all persons visiting the Cultural District. As a part of this commitment, we have implemented a screening process for all visitors to the O'Reilly Theater—which includes metal detectors, bag inspections, and showing proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test result. (More information on our COVID-19 safety measures can be found here.) Additionally, the installation of updated metal detector technology in fall 2021 should make your entry even more expedient. Click here for further details on the District-wide commitment to our patrons' security. 

Prohibited items discovered during our screening process will not be allowed inside the theater. By entering our venue, you consent to such screenings. Persons who refuse screening may be denied entry into the venue. These protection measures have been put in place to ensure that each performance or experience is occurring in a safe environment for our guests.
The following is a list of outside items which are prohibited inside of the O'Reilly Theater and all venues owned by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust:

  • Weapons of any kind or facsimiles of weapons, including firearms, pellet guns, stun guns, martial arts weapons, pepper spray, pocket/utility knives or cutting instruments 
  • Illegal drugs or substances 
  • Flammable liquids
  • Fireworks, pyrotechnics, flares or incendiary devices 
  • Glass, metal, or plastic containers of any kind including cans, bottles and flasks 
  • Outside food or beverages including alcohol 
  • Oversized bags that exceed 16” x 16” x 8” 
  • Interchangeable/detachable camera lens (No professional photography-unless authorized) 
  • Audio/visual recording devices 
  • 2-way radios 
  • Laser pointers 
  • Laptops/tablets 
  • Beach balls, projectiles, balloons, permanent markers, spray paint 
  • Drones 
  • Flashlights 
  • Signs, flags, banners 
  • Selfie sticks 
  • Guests without shoes or shirts 
  • Face paints 
  • Masks, excluding appropriate masks worn to diminish the spread of COVID-19 or other disease 
  • Optical illusions 
  • Jewelry that could be used as a weapon including chains and studded bracelets 
  • Pets, other than service animals 
  • Segways, skateboards, rollerblades, hoverboards, bicycles, helmets, any type of portable seat, other than those approved and required for accessibility 
  • Noisemakers, bullhorns, or air horns 
  • Unapproved pamphlets, handouts, advertisements 

This list is not all-inclusive and may change or be updated at any time without notice. Additional restrictions may apply. Guests with prohibited items may return them to their vehicles. Unattended items left outside venue doors will be discarded to ensure patron safety. 

Guests to the O'Reilly Theater may enter with one bag that is no larger than 16” x 16” x 8”. The definition of a bag includes but is not limited to, purses, tote bags, duffel bags, suitcases, knapsacks, backpacks, packages, cartons, paper sacks, briefcases, portfolio cases, binocular cases, camera equipment cases, and any other type of device or vessel used for carrying or concealing items. Bags are subject to search and theatergoers may be requested to open their jackets prior to entering. Guests with prohibited items in their bags may return them to their vehicles. Unattended items left outside the venue doors will be discarded to ensure patron safety. PLEASE NOTE: Bag check for oversized bags is not available or permitted at the O'Reilly Theater.