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Saturday, February 28th at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 1st at 7:00p.m.
The Second City
Chicago’s legendary sketch and improv comedy theatre returns to The Fitzgerald Theater, Saturday, February 28th with “The Second City Hits Home” a new show featuring hilarious sketches, songs, and improvisation about The Twin Cities as well as material from the famed Second City archives. This is a must see night of comedy featuring some of Chicago’s brightest comedy stars in a special Twin Cities engagement.

Doing what they do best, The Second City finds laughs in everything from Saint Paul and Minneapolis history, events and hot button issues to headlines from The Pioneer Press and Star Tribune and mixes these with a generous portion of classic Chicago-style sketch and improv created by some of Second City’s most lauded alumni including Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray and more.

The Second City celebrates 54 years of cutting edge satiric revues and continues to deliver the leading voices in comedy while touring the globe.

A limited number of tickets are still available for both shows!

Tickets are available now. Reserved seats tickets are available for $27.50 and $37.50. (A $2.50 Facility Fee has been added to each ticket.)

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Sunday, March 8th at 7:00 p.m.
Pat Donohue
Pat Donohue and the Prairie All Stars
Roots Revue


Guitarist/songwriter Pat Donohue will present an evening of American roots music, from early blues to country classics, to rockabilly and rock and roll and more.

Pat will be joined by the Prairie All Stars: Richard Kriehn, Peter Johnson, Gary Raynor, and Dan Newton. Special guests pianist Butch Thompson and renowned singer Jearlyn Steele round out the show, which will include an up-close and interactive look at how a song comes together from the ground up.

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $34.00, and $29.00 (includes $2.50 facility fee). Members of Minnesota Public Radio receive a $3.00 discount.

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Saturday, March 14th at 8:00 p.m. & Sunday, March 15th at 4:00 p.m.
Radio Hour

Did you know that a radio could transport you to a different universe? With VocalEssence, anything is possible. Jake Heggie, one of the world’s most prominent composers of dramatic vocal music and composer of the opera Dead Man Walking, along with librettist Gene Scheer, have created a new choral opera titled The Radio Hour which crosses Alice in Wonderland with the golden age of radio in a magical program about the power of singing to shape and give meaning to our lives. The precursor to the opera will include a swinging salute to radio legend Fred Waring, “The Man Who Taught America How to Sing,” and other radio choral favorites, all on the home stage of A Prairie Home Companion.

Concert Conversations with composer Jake Heggie at 7 pm on Saturday and 3 pm on Sunday.

VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers
Christina Baldwin, actor
Nikki Swoboda, director
Philip Brunelle, conductor

Tickets are $10.00 - $40.00. A $2.50 Facility Fee has been added to each ticket. VocalEssence concerts are not open to anyone under the age of six.

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Friday, March 20th at 8:00 p.m.
Cary Elwes
New York Times bestselling author and actor Cary Elwes (“Robin Hood: Men in Tights”, “Twister”, “Bram Stroker's Dracula”, “Saw”) is best known for his role as 'Westley' in one of Hollywood's most popular and successful films to cross generations, “The Princess Bride”, dubbed "one of the greatest love stories ever old," and ranked by the Writer's Guild of America as one of the top 100 screenplays ever produced. Elwes brings this classic, timeless fairy tale to life again for the first time in his New York Times bestselling memoir “As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales From the Making of The Princess Bride” from Simon & Schuster. Up next, Elwes can be seen in films “Sugar Mountain” with Jason Momoa and “The Greens are Gone” with Catherine Keener. In his free time, Elwes devotes his philanthropic efforts to Mercy Corps.

Kat Edmonson’s critically acclaimed album, “The Big Picture”, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums Chart, #1 on Contemporary Jazz Chart, and #2 on the Total Jazz Chart. NPR’s First Listen says “she’s a savvy student of 60’s film soundtracks, jazz-pop stylists and Brill Building songcraft.” “The Big Picture” is Edmonson’s label debut and was recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Mitchell Froom (Paul McCartney). This album follows her 2012 release, “Way Down Low”, which The New York Times hailed as “fresh as a spring bouquet” and The Boston Globe called “one of the greatest vocal albums I’ve ever heard.” The record debuted at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums Chart and was featured on several major year-end “Best of 2012” lists including Downbeat Magazine, WNYC Soundcheck’s “Best Live Performances” and Daytrotter’s “Best Sessions of 2012.” Texas native Edmonson grew up in Houston and sang in the local club scene in Austin for several years before self-releasing “Take To The Sky” in 2009.

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $45.00 for reserved seating and $29.00 for general admission. Members of the Wits Social Club receive a 10% discount. Save $5.00 per ticket when you buy a season package. A $2.50 Facility Fee will be added to each ticket.

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Saturday, March 21st at 8:00 p.m.
Michio Kaku
Dr. Michio Kaku is a theoretical physicist, bestselling author, futurist, and popular science speaker. His books include “Physics of the Impossible” and the “Physics of the Future. He and Kerri will discuss his latest work, “The Future of the Mind".

The Future of the Mind brings a topic that once belonged solely to the province of science fiction into a startling new reality. This scientific tour de force unveils the astonishing research being done in top laboratories around the world—all based on the latest advancements in neuroscience and physics—including recent experiments in telepathy, mind control, avatars, telekinesis, and recording memories and dreams. The Future of the Mind is an extraordinary, mind-boggling exploration of the frontiers of neuroscience. Dr. Kaku looks toward the day when we may achieve the ability to upload the human brain to a computer, neuron for neuron; project thoughts and emotions around the world on a brain-net; take a “smart pill” to enhance cognition; send our consciousness across the universe; and push the very limits of immortality.

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $25.00 for the general public and $23.00 for MPR members. Season Packages are available for $66.00 A $2.50 Facility Fee has been added to each ticket.

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Sunday, March 22nd at 7:30pm
Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield
Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith, due out March 17th, is an overall truth between two friends, and as is true with any covers-based album of quality, comes from a place of authentic admiration. The album, produced by Seth Avett and recorded over the last three years at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, NC as well as at Avett's and Mayfield's homes, covers twelve Elliott Smith songs.

A relationship with and a love for the songs of Elliott Smith is a feeling shared by many. Avett and Mayfield are among those who view his music as an under-celebrated body of work, reduced by some to a footnote in the canon of 1990s alternative rock. However, for any lover of music who may appraise his work in a dedicated way, the beauty and depth of it is crystal clear. For Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield, the nature of this album distinguishes itself as a labor of love, more pronounced in this respect than anything either has previously recorded. At the heart of a genuine musical interpretation, there must be an emotional connection. In this regard, the care and feeling for the music is apparent, even from the first moments of the opening track.

Tickets are on sale now through the Fitzgerald Theater Box Office. Tickets are $45.00 and $40.00. A $2.50 Facility Fee will be added to each ticket.

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Monday, March 23rd at 7:30pm
Choir of King's College
"I would happily sit in King's College Chapel listening to this choir sing for the rest of my days."
The Times, London

Founded in the fifteenth century, the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge is undoubtedly one of the world’s best known choral groups. While the choir exists primarily to sing the daily services in King’s College Chapel, its worldwide fame and reputation, enhanced by its many recordings, has led to invitations to perform around the globe, and to an extensive international tour schedule. King’s College Choir has been performing abroad since its first overseas invitation in 1936. More recently, tours have taken the Choir to China, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, and other countries in the Far East. On Monday, March 23rd they will be performaing at the Cathedral of St. Paul.

Arts Midwest

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $62.50, $47.50, and $37.50. A $2.50 Facility Fee will be added to each ticket.

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Friday, March 27th at 8:00 p.m.
Erik Larson
The bestselling author of “In the Garden of the Beasts” and “Devil in the White City” joins Kerri Miller at the Fitzgerald Theater to discuss Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania.

On May 1, 1915, with WWI entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were surprisingly at ease, even though Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone. For months, German U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But the Lusitania was one of the era’s great transatlantic “Greyhounds”—the fastest liner then in service—and her captain, William Thomas Turner, placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack.

It is a story that many of us think we know but don’t, and Erik Larson tells it thrillingly, switching between hunter and hunted while painting a larger portrait of America at the height of the Progressive Era. Full of glamour and suspense, Dead Wake brings to life a cast of evocative characters, from famed Boston bookseller Charles Lauriat to pioneering female architect Theodate Pope to President Woodrow Wilson, a man lost to grief, dreading the widening war but also captivated by the prospect of new love.

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $25.00 for the general public and $23.00 for MPR members. Season Packages are available for $66.00 A $2.50 Facility Fee has been added to each ticket.

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Saturday, March 28th at 7:00pm
Civil War Homecoming
The First months of 1865 saw inauguration, abolition, assassination, and celebration. And the brand-new frontier state of Minnesota grieved for Abraham Lincoln with the rest of the nation.

In honor of the 150th anniversary, Dan Chouinard and an all-star team of performers travel back to Minnesota in the aftermath of the Civil War. Join us for an evening of songs and stories that capture this unique moment in our history. A live co-production of Minnesota Public Radio, the Minnesota Historical Society and the Civil War Commemoration Task Force.

Starring Dan Chouinard, Kevin Kling, Maria Jette, T. Mychael Rambo, Prudence Johnson, Dane Stauffer, Beth Gilleland, Prairie Home Companion fiddler Richard Kriehn members of the Roe Family Singers, the Brass Messengers and more.

This collaboration is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. Administered by the Minnesota Historical Society.

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $28.00, $23.00. Members of Minnesota Public Radio or the Minnesota Historical Society receive $3.00 off each ticket

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Friday, April 17th at 8:00 p.m.
Sherman Alexie and Jess Walter
Sherman Alexie and Jess Walter, authors and co-hosts of A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment: The two friends and author join Kerri Miller at the Fitzgerald to discuss their works and their craft.

Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction, a PEN/Hemingway Citation for Best First Fiction, and the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, Sherman Alexie is a poet, short story writer, novelist, and performer. He has published 24 books including What I've Stolen, What I've Earned, poetry, from Hanging Loose Press; Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories, from Grove Press; and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, a novel from Little, Brown Books for Children.

A former National Book Award finalist and winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award, Jess Walter is the author of six novels, one book of short stories and one nonfiction book. His work has been translated into 30 languages, and his essays, short fiction, criticism and journalism have been widely published, in Best American Short Stories, Best American Nonrequired Reading, Harper's, Esquire, McSweeney's, Byliner, Playboy, ESPN the Magazine, Details and many others.

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $25.00 for the general public and $23.00 for MPR members. Season Packages are available for $66.00 A $2.50 Facility Fee has been added to each ticket.

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Sunday, April 19th at 5:00pm
Minnesota Varsity
Minnesota Varsity is a showcase for top high-school musical talent in Minnesota and its environs. This is the second season that non-Minnesota residents, from areas bordering Minnesota and from Sun Valley, Idaho, are eligible to enter.

Music students (aged 14-18 or 9th-12th grade) from across Minnesota, as well as those who live or attend school outside Minnesota but strictly within the listening areas reached by MPR’s terrestrial radio signal (MPR News, Classical MPR networks and The Current) are invited to submit a recording of an instrumental or vocal performance of a classical or musical theater work, for evaluation by a panel of MPR judges. Performances can be solo, or with a group, and can be up to 10 minutes in length. Student composers in the same age group are invited to submit an original score for traditional piano trio: violin, cello, and piano, or for any solo or combination of those instruments, between 3 and 7 minutes in length.

Four of the Featured Round Artists will be selected as Showcase Artists by a panel of celebrity judges and one by an online Audience Vote. Past Showcase judges have included conductor Nicholas McGegan, Minnesota Orchestra’s Sara Hicks, Cantus’ Aaron Humble, baritone and actor Bradley Greenwald, and SPCO concertmaster Steven Copes. Two Showcase Composers will be selected by musicians Jennifer Runck, Annie Kezar, and Francesca Tortorello, Mentor Carol Barnett, and American Composers Forum. The Showcase Artists will perform on stage at the Fitzgerald Theater on Sunday, April 19, 2015 in a live radio broadcast. The Showcase Composers’ works will be premiered at the Fitzgerald Theater as part of the live Showcase concert broadcast.

The concert is free and open to the public. Tickets are available in person at the Fitzgerald Theater Box Office the evening of the event. The Fitzgerald Showcase Event will be broadcast live. During the event, audience members and radio listeners (via web) will have the chance to participate in an “Encore Vote”, to select the Artist who will play an encore at the end of the show.


Friday, April 24th at 8:00 p.m.
Paul Scheer
Paul Scheer is an American actor, comedian, writer, and director. Scheer currently stars on the FX series “The League”, The ABC series “Fresh Off The Boat” and in the Adult Swim comedy-action-parody series “NTSF:SD:SUV::”, which he created. Has had memorable roles in “30 Rock”, “Happy Endings”, “Parks and Rec”, “Burning Love”, & “Childrens Hospital”. He recently starred in a web series for JASH called “SCHEE-R-L” which recreated classic moments from MTV’s “TRL”. He’ll be appearing in the upcoming comedy “LONGSHOTS” with Taye Diggs, Anne Heche and Topher Grace. You can hear him weekly on the popular movie discussion podcast “How Did This Get Made?” You can follow Paul on @Paulscheer or paulscheer.com

Neko Case is a Grammy-nominated solo artist and one-eighth of the celebrated Canadian pop outfit the New Pornographers. The Washington-bred singer, songwriter and producer claims no genre, nor utilizes any classic formula for her songs and singing. Neko has developed a sound all her own: a mix of country, gospel, torch, and pop, and her five full-length solo albums (not to mention her two live collections and Canadian Amp EP) have won her critical acclaim and countless devotees. Her most recent solo album is “The Worse Things Get The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight The More I Love You.”

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $45.00 for reserved seating and $29.00 for general admission. Members of the Wits Social Club receive a 10% discount. Save $5.00 per ticket when you buy a season package. A $2.50 Facility Fee will be added to each ticket.

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Saturday, April 25th at 8:00 p.m.
Neko Case
Neko Case has always been brave, but with her latest album she proves herself fearless. With her latest Anti- release, The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You, the singer known as much for her restless musical curiosity as her clarion voice charts a powerfully personal course across the rocky landscape of childhood, love, and loss.

Neko Case is a Grammy-nominated solo artist and one-eighth of the celebrated Canadian pop outfit the New Pornographers. The Washington-bred singer, songwriter and producer claims no genre, nor utilizes any classic formula for her songs and singing. Neko has developed a sound all her own: a mix of country, gospel, torch, and pop, and her five full-length solo albums (not to mention her two live collections and Canadian Amp EP) have won her critical acclaim and countless devotees.

With Rodrigo Amarante

One of the masterminds behind Brazilian band Los Hermanos and founding member of the samba supergroup Orquestra Imperial, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rodrigo Amarante is an inescapable musical figure in his native South American home.

Breaking out of the Brazilian market in 2008, alongside friends Fabrizio Moretti and Binki Shapiro, Amarante formed the group Little Joy and the trio released their self titled debut album which gained critical acclaim in the US and worldwide.

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $48.00 and $43.00.

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Tuesday, April 28th at 7:30pm
St. Paul's Cathedral Choir of London
There has been a choir of boys and gentlemen at St Paul's Cathedral, London for over nine centuries. The present Cathedral Choir consists of 30 choristers (boy trebles), eight probationers (who will become choristers) and 12 professional adult singers (or Vicars Choral): four altos, four tenors and four basses.

At the very heart of the Choir's being is the ancient monastic tradition of singing daily services.

In recent years the Choir has established itself as one of the major forces in British church music. The size of the choir and its mature, professional tone set it apart from any other comparable group of singers. Outside regular duties in the cathedral the Choir frequently gives concerts and broadcasts and has many notable recordings to its credit. Join them on Tuesday, April 28th at the Cathedral of St. Paul.

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $42.50, $37.50, and $32.50. A $2.50 Facility Fee will be added to each ticket.

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Friday, May 1st at 8:00 p.m.
Ryan Bingham
Mary Lynn Rajskub is best known for her iconic performance as “Chloe” on FOX’s “24”, which she has reprised on “24: Live Another Day”, the number-one rated show of 2014. She has also recently appeared in recurring arcs on “2 Broke Girls” and “Californication”, and can be seen as a regular panelist on “Chelsea Lately”. On the big screen, Mary Lynn was recently seen in theaters in “Safety Not Guaranteed” (Duplass Bros.), and also starred in “The Kings of Summer” with Alison Brie, Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally. Other credits include “Arrested Development”, “Little Miss Sunshine”, “Mr. Show”, “Larry Sanders”, “Julie and Julia”, “Punch Drunk Love” and “Sunshine Cleaning”.

Ryan Bingham was actually in the back of a van in North Dakota when he wrote “The Weary Kind,” a song that became the centerpiece of the 2010 film “Crazy Heart” starring Jeff Bridges. It earned him an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and a Grammy, and skyrocketed him into the spotlight. Bingham never really set out to be a musician, though. His mother bought him a guitar when he was 16 years old, and a neighbor taught him a mariachi tune. When he grew tired of playing the only song he knew, Bingham began penning his own music, discovering the writing process to be a therapeutic coping mechanism for dealing with the tumultuousness of his upbringing. His first performances were informal affairs in the backseats of cars with friends on the way to rodeos, where he was competing professionally on the weekends. Every now and then, Bingham's friends would convince him to break out the guitar in a bar, and before he knew it, he had more gigs playing guitar than riding bulls. Recorded mostly live with a brand new backing band and under the guidance of producer/engineer Jim Scott, his latest album is “Fear and Saturday Night”.

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $45.00 for reserved seating and $29.00 for general admission. Members of the Wits Social Club receive a 10% discount. Save $5.00 per ticket when you buy a season package. A $2.50 Facility Fee will be added to each ticket.

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Friday, May 8th at 8:00 p.m.
Danny Pudi
Danny Pudi has quickly established himself as a highly sought after actor in film and television. He has just finished shooting the lead role of the independent feature “The Tiger Hunter,” opposite Jon Heder, and last year starred in “Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant.” Prior to that he starred in the European feature “Vijay and I.” Pudi’s first directorial effort took him to the Sundance Film Festival in early 2014, where his short film “Untucked,” a documentary film about the Marquette basketball team and produced by ESPN Films, was in competition. Pudi will next be seen returning to his breakout role of ‘Abed,’ in the hit comedy “Community,” previously on NBC and continuing its life on Yahoo.com. Pudi’s other television credits include recurring roles on hit dramas “Greek” and “Gilmore Girls” and guest starring roles on “Royal Pains,” “Hot in Cleveland,” “Chuck,” and “ER.”

Acclaimed singer, songwriter and performer Har Mar Superstar (aka Sean Tillmann) named his flamboyant alter ego after the Har Mar mall in suburban St. Paul, Minn., where he spent his youth watching movies and writing songs about passersby in the food court. "Har Mar Superstar used to be a different person," he says. "It used to be my excuse to get away with the more fantastic things in life. ... I guess the confidence I got from being Har Mar Superstar translated into my real life, so now we're one and the same." His latest record, the soulful “Bye Bye 17”, was released in 2013 on Cult Records, with the single Prisoner having its world debut on The Current.

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $45.00 for reserved seating and $29.00 for general admission. Members of the Wits Social Club receive a 10% discount. Save $5.00 per ticket when you buy a season package. A $2.50 Facility Fee will be added to each ticket.

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Sunday, May 31st at 7:30 p.m.
The Weepies
Singer-songwriters Deb Talan & Steve Tannen began writing together the night they met and soon formed indie band The Weepies. On the strength of their simple yet insightful songwriting and distinctive harmonies, they quietly sold more than a million records, with over 17 million streams on Spotify, and 20 million views on YouTube. They married and had three children, rarely touring but continuing to release their music, five records over seven years.

In 2014, Deb beat cancer, and The Weepies recorded the best album of their career. Coming back from the edge sharpened their skills and focus. At 16 songs and almost an hour long, SIRENS shows a band at the height of its powers. The couple was unable to travel while Deb was in treatment, so they worked at home, inviting guest musicians to record remotely wherever each musician happened to be, resulting in an unlikely superstar backing band. Players from across the spectrum jumped in, including: Pete Thomas and Steve Nieve (Elvis Costello), Gerry Leonard (David Bowie), Rami Jaffee (Foo Fighters), Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel), Oliver Kraus (Sia) and Matt Chamberlain (Pearl Jam), as well as veteran Weepies compatriots Frank Lenz, Eli Thomson, Jon Flaugher, Meg Toohey, and Whynot Jansveld, plus a horn section from New Orleans. Nettwerk will release SIRENS on April 28, 2015.

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 6th at noon. Tickets are $32.50 and $28.00. A $2.50 Facility Fee will be added to each ticket.

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Tickets for all Fitzgerald Theater events are available to the general public in person at The Fitzgerald Theater box office. Minnesota Public Radio members may also purchase tickets for selected events by calling 651-290-1200 during our regular business hours (Tuesday through Friday, noon - 5:00 p.m.). Phone orders are subject to a processing fee.

Tickets are also available through the eTix at 1-800-514-3849 or online at www.etix.com. eTix phone hours are: Monday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Regardless of age, everyone must have a ticket to enter a performance. Out of respect to all patrons and broadcasts being recorded, children under 4 will not be admitted to performances that are not designed for children. Bringing infants to any performance is prohibited.

The Fitzgerald Theater is entirely smoke free. There are no designated smoking areas in the theater or within 10 feet of the theater entrance. This ban includes but is not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, and electronic cigarettes.

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