Health and safety protocols in our theatres

Hennepin Theatre Trust announces vaccination requirement for all vaccine-eligible guests at the Orpheum, State and Pantages theatres; Children 11 and younger will not need proof of a negative test

September 1, 2021

All guests  will require a face mask

MINNEAPOLIS (Sept. 1, 2021) — Hennepin Theatre Trust today announced that vaccine-eligible guests aged 12 and over attending any performance at the historic Orpheum, State and Pantages theatres will be required to provide proof of vaccination. Children 11 and younger will not need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Additionally, all guests are required to wear a face mask securely covering their mouths and noses in the venue (except while actively eating or drinking in designated areas). Individuals 12 or older who require an accommodation for the vaccine requirement due to a medical reason or a sincerely held religious belief that prevents vaccination may present proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours in advance of the event or a negative antigen test taken within 24 hours in advance of the event. The vaccine policy for all events at the theatres will begin on Sept. 1, 2021, and is currently set to run through Dec. 31, 2021. Health and safety policies will continue to be regularly evaluated and adjusted based on community health data with public health and government guidance.

“The health and safety of everyone who enters our historic theatres is of the utmost importance and concern,” said Mark Nerenhausen, president and CEO of Hennepin Theatre Trust. “As we continue to monitor current state and national data, we want to do as much as possible to aid in reducing the risk and spread of COVID-19.” Following the lead of indoor venues, Nerenhausen said that many venues throughout the country recently expanded their vaccination policy beyond performers and backstage crew to include audiences.

To attend a performance at any of the three theatres, all ticket holders must abide by the following:

  • A guest is considered fully vaccinated, with a FDA or WHO authorized vaccine, meaning their last dose must have been administered at least 14 days before attending the event.
  • The vaccinated guest must show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination with a physical vaccination card, or a photograph of the card, or a digital vaccination record stored on a phone or electronic device. Proof must include the name of the person vaccinated, type of vaccine and date of the last dose administered.
  • Children 11 and younger will not need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
  • All guests must wear a face mask that securely covers their nose and mouth.
  • A matching photo ID is required with a valid ticket for the event. Guests younger than age 18 without ID must be accompanied by an adult with proper identification.
  • Guests 12 and over who cannot be vaccinated due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief must show a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to the performance or a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 24 hours prior to the performance.
  • Self-reported vaccination or negative test records not verified by a third party health care provider are not acceptable.
  • Unless otherwise noted, children under two, including babies in arms, are not allowed in the theatre.

Current ticket holders will be informed of the policies via email this week and again in pre-show emails, and should contact their point of purchase to discuss options. Notices will be placed at all entrances.

The Trust also recommends guests not attend an event if they are feeling unwell, experiencing symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19. To schedule a free COVID-19 vaccination, please visit for the latest scheduling information.

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In addition to vaccination and mask requirements, the Trust has implemented the following health and safety updates at the theatres:

  • Increased fresh air filtering and intake throughout the theatres
  • Installed touchless security systems at entrances
  • Installed touchless ticket scanning devices
  • Installed touchless sinks and toilets in all restrooms
  • Provided hand sanitation stations throughout the building
  • Increased routine cleaning and sanitation throughout the building
  • All employees staffing events are vaccinated and masked

As the Trust has previously stated, if there are additional changes, ticket holders will be updated through their point of purchase and on the Trust’s website.

Connect with Hennepin Theatre Trust online at:
Facebook: HennepinTheatreTrust
Twitter: @HennepinTheatre
Instagram: @HennepinTheatreTrust

Hennepin Theatre Trust drives cultural and economic vitality in Minnesota through leadership of the dynamic Hennepin Theatre District in downtown Minneapolis and educational programming that reaches every area of the state. Its historic theatres — Orpheum, State and Pantages — and event center at 900 Hennepin Avenue light up Hennepin Avenue with top-tier entertainment, including the best of Broadway and a wide variety of arts programming. Hennepin Theatre Trust is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Learn more at