Michigan Movie Theaters under 2500 seats?

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    Michigan Movie Theaters under 2500 seats?

    Wondering if anyone knows of theaters with less than 2500 seats in the Detroit area. Especially looking for oakland or western macomb, but spit 'em all out.

    (for you out of staters, michigan prohibits carry at any entertainment facility with seating for 2500 or more)
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    Just curious, does this apply to a multiplex type theater? In-other-words if there are 18 screens that add up to 2500 or more seats or if the individual screen you are viewing only has seating for 500 people does the law apply? I would guess that the law is aimed at large sporting or concert type venues but that is just a guess.
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    movie theaters in michigan

    from the state of mi firearms law

    (f) An entertainment facility with a seating capacity of 2,500 or more individuals that the individual knows or should know has a seating capacity of 2,500 or more individuals or that has a sign above each public entrance stating in letters not less than 1-inch high a seating capacity of 2,500 or more individuals.

    I take that to mean the entire facility, and do not go armed.

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    indeed it has been confirmed to mean the entire facility. So you have to add up all the theaters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Fed View Post
    Seems to any multiplex would seat more than 2500.
    True, but there used to be little places with just a few theaters. Wondering if there are any left.
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    So do movie theaters display capacity as stated below?

    Quote Originally Posted by johnbrodie View Post
    from the state of mi firearms law

    (f) An entertainment facility with a seating capacity of 2,500 or more individuals that the individual knows or should know has a seating capacity of 2,500 or more individuals or that has a sign above each public entrance stating in letters not less than 1-inch high a seating capacity of 2,500 or more individuals.

    I take that to mean the entire facility, and do not go armed.
    I guess I would not read this to mean even multiplex theaters. I pay to go to an individual show within theater and have no idea what their capacity is unless it is posted. Boy, this is really grey.
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    I always see capacity posted on signs outside the entrance to each individual theatre, i.e. "MAX OCCUPANCY 340" or whatnot for fire code purposes. Are you expected to run around to all 20+ theatre entrances and do the addition?

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    Start counting the seats just to make sure the number is correct. That should get everybody nicely upset.
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    Actually you should be fine going unarmed. We all know that BG's don't go to movies right?

    Exactly what is the reasoning behind this law? Are they saying that you are less likely to be attacked when accompanied by 2500 of your closest friends?
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    I think this law is so you don't shoot into a crowd of people if you miss the bg or the bullet goes threw the bg !!!!!!!!!!!

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    what about checking out dollar theaters? The ones I know of are in small bldg's and total number of seats has to be under the 2500 limit.

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    I have not seen a theater yet that was posted and is it our duty to count seats?

    I am not saying they are not posted but I have not seen a sign yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chooie View Post
    I always see capacity posted on signs outside the entrance to each individual theatre, i.e. "MAX OCCUPANCY 340" or whatnot for fire code purposes. Are you expected to run around to all 20+ theatre entrances and do the addition?
    Agree.
    I only remember seeing the seating capacity at the individual theatres.
    I don't think you're going to see a sign outside of a m-plex showing a seating capacity of all theatres combined. Wouldn't make sense.

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    Wow. I need to visit a real town someday. Bonham's mutiplex has four theaters and seats, of maybe, 300?

    I thought the post was a joke at first......I gotta get out more often.....
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    Unfortunately, I have seen it confirmed somewhere that if the total capacity of all theaters in a multiplex exceeds 2500, then it is off limits for carry. I will see if I can find where I spotted that last. All I remember is that it was a reliable source.

    Here are the off-limits areas by statute:

    1. Schools or school property but may carry while in a vehicle on school property while dropping off or picking up if a parent or legal guardian
    2. Public or private day care center, public or private child caring agency, or public or private child placing agency.
    3. Sports arena or stadium
    4. A tavern where the primary source of income is the sale of alcoholic liquor by the glass consumed on the premises
    5. Any property or facility owned or operated by a church, synagogue, mosque, temple, or other place of worship, unless the presiding official allows concealed weapons
    6. An entertainment facility that the individual knows or should know has a seating capacity of 2,500 or more
    7. A hospital
    8. A dormitory or classroom of a community college, college, or university
    9. A Casino

    So basically, almost anywhere social. Apparently they haven't seen the high school test scores around here to assume the majority of the public "should know" a venue has a capacity of 2500 or more. Let's hope they manage to eliminate the "gun-free zones" in Michigan this legislative session.

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