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To ensure the safety and comfort of our guests, the following security procedures are in place at The Delacorte Theater:

  • It is illegal to consume alcoholic beverages inside Central Park, except in designated cafe and dining spaces designated by the NYC Park Department and the Central Park Conservancy. Anyone doing so is subject to fines and/or other legal actions.
  • Oversized bags, larger than 16" x 16" x 8" like suitcases and duffle bags, are not permitted at The Delacorte Theater; however, other bags including purses, diaper bags that are not backpack-style, tote, drawstring, fully clear backpack-style bags with no obscured inner pockets, and messenger style bags along with small soft-sided coolers are still permitted. Exceptions to this policy can be made for bags used for ADA/medical reasons by the Security Supervisor at The Delacorte. All bags and hand-carried items are searched before entry. Items can be no larger than 16"x16"x8". There are no bag check facilities at The Delacorte; read our complete Bag Policy for further clarification.
  • Glass bottles, all-metal cans, and containers, except reusable "Swell/Yeti" type metal, individual-sized reusable water bottles (provided they are emptied), and hard-sided coolers, are not permitted in The Delacorte. You may bring in one soft, plastic, factory-sealed water bottle of 20 ounces or less.
  • You are permitted to bring their food and drink to performances within the following guidelines:
    • No glass is permitted inside the theater.
    • All items must fit into a bag or cooler that aligns with the bag policy above.
    • Alcohol is not permitted inside the theater unless purchased from our concessions.
    • Knives or silverware that could also be considered a weapon are not permitted.
    • Water is encouraged for all guests.
    • Alcoholic beverages and controlled or illegal substances may not be brought into The Delacorte.
  • Other prohibited items include, but are not limited to:
    • Commercial audio/visual equipment
    • Laser pointers
    • Noisemaking devices
    • Fireworks
    • Strollers
    • Personal items that will not fit under your seat or obstruct walkways and rows.
    • Umbrellas are permitted inside the venue, but cannot be used during a performance.
    • Glass
    • Animals (except for service animals, specifically dogs and miniature horses)
    • Weapons
  • Intoxicated or disorderly guests will not be admitted into The Delacorte Theater.
  • Disorderly guests inside The Delacorte are subject to ejection and arrest.
  • Guests who interfere with the performance in any manner, including throwing objects onto the stage or entering the stage, are subject to ejection and arrest.
  • Guests using foul or abusive language are subject to ejection and arrest.
  • Drones are not permitted inside or around the theater at any time.
  • The Public Theater reserves the right to determine what items are appropriate for entry.

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