Cinemas and Theatres, Security and Continuity Advice

 
Cinemas, theatres and concert halls offer terrorists and organised criminals a range of potentially significant targets. For cinemas and theatres, premieres and opening nights are high profile events, and they – like concert halls – frequently have the honour of welcoming members many distinguished guests and Business Continuity and Security awareness is a must!
 
The contents of a film or a play may be contentious and many of the buildings are architecturally renowned, enjoying something approaching iconic status, not only within their communities, but nationally and even internationally.
 
Visitors’ enjoyment is the principal objective of the owners and managers of cinemas, theatres and concert halls. This requires a safe environment where the owners have worked to implement Security and Business Continuity Planning. In the event of an incident, the effectiveness of the response made by staff is of paramount importance in protecting our audiences and our buildings. For this they need appropriate training.
 
Terrorism is an unpredictable phenomenon. Lessons have been learned about what can be done to prepare for it, to ensure that we remain vigilant at all times, and to react in the face of an emergency. Much of what the Guidance contains is common sense. The context, the principles and the process that are recommended are derived from the experience of experts. These may be unlikely to come naturally to busy managers and employees, for whom violent incidents are an exceptionally rare occurrence. But that is precisely why this kind of advice is so important.
 
We urge the managements and owners of every cinema, theatre and concert hall to study it carefully and to initiate such measures and preparations, procedures and training as are appropriate to their specific circumstances.

Hotels and Restaurants  Counter Terrorism Security Advice

The guidance provided can be supplemented by specific advice from Counter Terrorism Security Advisers that can be reached though your local Police force.