Cedar Rapids police clarify details around service calls to Marcus Theatres

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Published: Jul. 19, 2022 at 9:22 AM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - Cedar Rapids police have clarified details of the more than 100 calls for service to Marcus Teatre on Council Street in Cedar Rapids in the past year.

Police pointed KCRG-TV9 to its online call logs that show 113 calls for service to Marcus Theatre in the past year.

However, police have now clarified that the majority of those calls, 79 of them, were a special duty when the theater hired an officer for security.

It’s unclear if those officers responded to incidents or issues during that time. Other calls included some medical issues and traffic incidents, as well as 13 disturbance calls.

These details come after the theater implemented a new “youth escort” policy last week, banning anyone under the age of 18 from showings 6 p.m. or later, unless they’re with someone 25 years of age or older.

Marcus Theatre management has not explained why it instituted the policy. That policy has drawn divided comments from customers on Facebook.

The theater announced the new policy on Friday, saying unaccompanied minors will be removed from the theater, and proof of age will be required upon entry.

It’s not clear how many of the police calls in the last year were specifically for juveniles.

EDITOR’S NOTE: A previous version of this story said police were called to Marcus Theatre more than 100 times last year. Police have since provided an update with details surrounding those calls for service. The story has been updated to clarify what those calls for service were for.

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