A message to our patrons regarding COVID-19


Pittsburgh Public Theater is proud to offer our Public PlayTime Classics N'at benefit series during the COVID-19 crisis. Upon our return to The O'Reilly Theater please check back for updated security information.

Pittsburgh Public Theater has joined the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust in enhancing security measures in the Cultural District by adding a new screening process at the O'Reilly Theater. The new process includes metal detectors and bag inspections. Please arrive 45 minutes prior to your performance. Click here for further details on this commitment to keeping our patrons safe. Thank you in advance for your patience as we implement these important measures.

An expedited screening lane will be provided to individuals with medical and/or mobility concerns. These patrons and their companions will be screened via a handheld metal detector. 

Prohibited items discovered during our screening process will not be allowed inside of the theater. By presenting your ticket and 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 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
  • 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
  • Unattended items left outside venue doors will be discarded to ensure guest safety.

* This list is not all-inclusive and may change or be updated at any time without notice. Additional restrictions may apply.

A guest to Cultural District venues 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 may return them to their vehicles. Unattended items left outside the facility doors will be discarded to ensure patron safety.  PLEASE NOTE: Bag check is not available or permitted at The O'Reilly Theater.