PHX theater will require masks, vaccine proof for some shows

PHOENIX – The Phoenix Theater Company will require its audience to wear masks and be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for some of their upcoming performances. A negative COVID-19 test will only apply to those who meet medical or religious exemptions.

In total, the requirement will apply to eight total performances: two for by Camelot run four during The Rocky Horror Show, and two during Million Dollar Quartet Christmas.

The theater said it was making the changes following the results of a public survey, according to a press release sent on Monday.

For performances outside of the Eight, current theater security protocols will remain in place: audiences will undergo temperature checks, masks will be strongly encouraged, and staff will continue to wear masks.

Here are the eight dates of shows where masks and full vaccination are mandatory:

23 Oct – 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The Rocky Horror Show
October 23 – 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
November 12 – 8 p.m.
November 14 – 3 p.m.

Million Dollar Quartet Christmas
Dec 18 – 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

During these performances, masks will be mandatory in the lobby and theater unless you eat or drink. The public will need to show proof of vaccination upon entry, which means having both doses of Pfizer or Modern, or the single dose of Johnson.

Those with medical or religious exemptions will be required to present a negative COVID-19 taken within 72 hours of the show or a negative antigen test taken within six hours of the show.


Concert, theater and entertainment venues have enacted similar rules in recent months as health officials have raised concerns about the spread of the delta variant.

ASU Gammage in Tempe requires its audience to wear masks at all times. It does not require proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 tests.

Live Nation, which operates the Ak-Chin Pavilion, Arizona Federal Theater and The Van Buren, has also asked its audience to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. This rule officially came into effect on Monday, October 4.

More than a dozen independent theaters, including The Nile Theater, Marquee Theater, Rebel Lounge and others, also require their audiences to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a negative COVID test.

The Footprint Center, formerly known as the Talking Stick Arena and PHX Suns Arena, required the public to wear masks when entering the building, but did not require them once inside.

State Farm Stadium does not require masks, proof of vaccination, or negative COVID-19 tests.

Gila River Arena has no restrictions. However, individual event organizers can implement their own mask requirements. Be sure to check their website for specific event information.

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