Facility Policies


The First Interstate Center for the Arts complies with the Washington Indoor Clean Air Act which prohibits smoking in all public places as well as 25 feet from any entrance, exit, or ventilation intake at a public place. We thank you for your understanding.

We thank you for your understanding.


The use of cameras, audio recording devices and video recording devices is prohibited at performances at the First Interstate Center for the Arts. The use of professional lenses and flash photography is strictly prohibited. Flash photography may distract the performer and cause injury.

Guest cameras brought to a performance for the purpose of audio or video recording will be checked with Guest Services. A claim check will be given for retrieval of the device at the conclusion of the event.

District personnel reserve the right to require that guests immediately check devices that were not detected at the point of entry. Specific events may allow an exception to the policy and allow specific types of recording devices.


Unless otherwise stated, any Guest attending an event at the First Interstate Center for the Arts, including infants or children intending to sit on a parent's lap, is required to have an event ticket.

In-out privileges

Unless otherwise stated, Guests are not allowed to exit the building and return during the course of a single ticketed event.

Public Safety

In compliance with state law, the First Interstate Center for the Arts will offer public safety inspections to events when required by the event, or when there is an anticipated need.

First Interstate Center for the Arts Management and the Security Director will determine the need for a public safety inspection and what type of inspection will be performed at the event. The public safety inspection will be utilized to ensure that banned items and illegal items are not allowed through any of the entry doors. Prohibited items may include:

  • Illegal drugs or paraphernalia
  • Weapons or anything that may be percieved as a weapon
  • Cans or Bottles
  • Cameras, Video Cameras and recording devices
  • Outside alcohol
  • Throwable items such as “hacky”sacs and beach balls
  • Large signs or signs with sticks in or on them
  • Laser Pointers
  • Large purses and large backpacks
  • Animals that are not service animals
  • Fireworks
  • Artificial noise makers
  • Outside food and beverage
  • Coolers

Possession of illegal items will result in confiscation. Banned items will be returned to the owners vehicle or at certain events, may be checked at Guest Services.

The District hires contract Security Services to perform public safety inspections. The contract Security Service may be required to discard illegal contraband.

Security Procedures

Management and staff at the First Interstate Center for the Arts often review and revise security procedures to continue to create an exceptional and memorable event environment where our guests and performers feel safe, secure and welcome. Please check our site for periodic updates to our security procedures.

As of September 30, 2016, all guests (and employees) attending events at the First Interstate Center for the Arts will be required to walk through magnetometers (or security wanding) upon entering the building. More commonly referred to as "walk-through metal detectors," the magnetometers will be located at each entrance, including backstage areas. Additionally, all handbags and purses wil be checked prior to entry.

To help facilitate a smooth transition, here are a few considerations that will expedite the entry process and help everyone have a positive experience:

  • Bring only essential items needed for the event you are attending.
  • Leave ALL weapons at home. Weapons may include firearms, pocketknives, pepper spray, and wallet chains.
  • If you must bring a camera other than your mobile device, please ensure that it fits within your front pants pocket. No detachable lens cameras will be permitted.

Staffing levels have been increased to help with a smooth transition of the new procedures. The INB respectively recommends arriving early to all events (doors to the First Interstate Center for the Arts open one hour before show time). Please think about arriving at the facility as close to that hour as you can. If you cannot make it to the venue at least 30 minutes prior to show time, you may experience a delay.

On-duty officers with the Spokane Police Department and the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office may enter the venue at any time. Off-duty law enforcement with either agency may be vetted through their respective supervisors to receive access privileges for service weapons.

The safety, comfort and security of our guests, employees and artists is something we place a high priority on at the Spokane Public Facilities District. We appreciate your understanding and patience as we implement these new procedures in order to provide better security at our venue. Thank you sincerely for your cooperation and patronage.

Lost and Found

Reasonable efforts will be made to return lost or found items in to the rightful owner. In instances where the rightful owner is not located, items will be disposed of according to Spokane Public Facilities District procedures.

Lost Items:

  1. Guests who report losing an item shall complete a ‘Lost Item’ form. The form shall contain the contact information of the guest, a description of the item, date/time lost, location lost. These forms are available at Guest Services, our administration offices at 720 W. Mallon Ave. or the 24 hour security office at the the First Interstate Center for the Arts.
  2. The completed Lost Item Form shall be logged chronologically in the appropriate facility notebook.
  3. Should the lost item be located, the owner will be notified to pick up the item. If the guest lives out of town, the item will be shipped at the expense of the owner.
  4. When the item is picked up, the guest’s identification will be verified and the guest will be required to sign the ‘Lost Item’ card to acknowledge receipt.

Found Items:

  1. All items found in the First Interstate Center for the Arts will be turned into the Guest Service Representative, the Event Manager, or to 24 hour security. Found items will not be taken out of the facility.
  2. Founds items will be tagged with a ‘Found Item’ Card and will be logged chronologically in the appropriate facility Lost and Found notebook.
  3. Found items will be stored in a secure location. Items of significant value, such as jewelry, wallets, and credit cards will be stored under lock and key.
  4. If an item contains contact information of the owner, the owner will be notified (i.e. a wallet or checkbook).
  5. When a guest inquires about a found item they will be asked to describe the item fully. If it is determined a found items belongs to the guest, the guest will sign the ‘found item’ card to acknowledge receipt.

Disposal of unclaimed items: By authorization of the City Police Chief, in accord with RCW 63.21.060, the Executive Director may dispose of lost property as follows:

  1. Found items will be kept for 90 days.
  2. If unclaimed after 90 days,
  3. • Personal property, provided it has no substantial commercial value and is not claimed by any person according to the above procedure, may be disposed of or otherwise destroyed.
  4. • Appropriate items will be donated to a non-profit agency.
  5. • If the personal property has value which exceeds the probable cost of notice and sale, or is otherwise of benefit to the District, the property may be either sold or retained by the District according to RCW Chapter 63.32.
  6. • Unclaimed cash will become the property of the District and will be deposited into a District account.
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