Hollywood Pantages to Require Proof of Vaccination for 'Hamilton' Shows

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The Hollywood Pantages Theatre, which is scheduled to reopen on Aug. 17 with a production of “Hamilton,'' will require ticket holders to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and show proof of vaccination, the theater's operator, Broadway in Hollywood, announced today.

The policy will be in effect for performances  through Oct. 10, and will be re-assessed on an ongoing basis, the company said.

Broadway in Hollywood, an arm of the Nederlander Organization, owns the Pantages and also presents at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, though it does not own the Dolby.

A company spokesman told City News Service on Friday that Broadway in Hollywood's next production at the Dolby -- an Oct. 7 premier of “My Fair Lady'' -- will follow the same proof-of-vaccine policy.

Policy updates beyond Oct. 10 will be posted later, the company said.

“This joint effort between theatre management and audiences is meant to provide the safest space possible for patrons, cast, crew, and staff,'' the company said in a statement.

The company said “fully vaccinated'' means a  performance is at least 14 days after a guest's final vaccine dose.

The theater will require a photo ID and proof of vaccination – either a physical vaccination card, a picture of a vaccination card or a digital vaccination record.

All California residents may request a digital vaccination record at MyVaccineRecord.cdph.ca.gov.

Guests under age 12, those who need a reasonable accommodation for medical reasons or due to a “sincerely held religious belief'' must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to entering the theater, the company said.

Children under 5 will not be admitted to the theatre.

In addition, masks are required for all ticket holders, regardless of vaccination status, the company said. Masks must be worn at all times, except when eating or drinking in designated areas.

“Hamilton,'' the Lin-Manuel Miranda Broadway phenomenon, reopens the Pantages on Aug. 17 -- ending what will be a 17-month intermission at the theater because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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