Security and Safety Policies

All persons and items entering the Mesa Arts Center are subject to search. Mesa Arts Center management reserves the right to refuse any item deemed a potential safety or security risk or with the potential to be a distraction to the event being held.


Screenings will be performed by trained professional contracted security staff and may include, but are not limited to:

  • Visual screening
  • Bag, case, coat, and hat screenings
  • Hand-held magnetometers
  • Walk-through magnetometers and/or threat detection systems


  • Outside Food or Beverage including alcohol
  • Illegal Substances and paraphernalia
  • Weapons of Any Kind including firearms, knives, tasers, etc.
  • Fireworks or incendiary devices of any kind
  • Harmful chemicals such as mace, pepper spray, etc.
  • Posters or large signs (larger than 8.5” x 11”)
  • Professional Cameras / Audio Recording Devices
  • Balloons, Silly String, Selfie Sticks
  • Airhorns, vuvuzelas, or other noise makers
  • Bags, Purses, or Backpacks That Do Not Adhere to the Mesa Arts Center Bag Policy
  • Animals that do not provide a service or task as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act

There is no on-site storage for unauthorized bags or items.  Please do not bring any of the above-listed prohibited items with you.


Mesa Arts Center Theater Events Bag Policy

  • Clear Plastic, Vinyl, or PVC Bags (Max Size 12” x 6” x 12”)
  • Small Bag/Clutch Approximately the size of a Folded Piece of Letter Paper (Max Size 8.5” x 5.5”)


The Following Items Are Permitted:

  • 2 Sealed Bottles of Water per Person, up to 20 oz.
  • Bags that adhere to the Mesa Arts Center Bag Policy


The following exceptions will be made after a proper inspection for:

  • Diaper bags
  • Oversized medically necessary items
  • Equipment of media outlets by Mesa Arts Center Staff