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Theater cancels matinee due to security threats

December 3, 2018

SEATTLE (AP) — A theater in downtown Seattle canceled an afternoon performance of “Annie” after discovering threats from a former employee.

Bernadine Griffin, managing director at the 5th Avenue Theatre, says the theater received a “credible security threat” at around noon Sunday, and shortly after decided to cancel the 1:30 p.m. matinee and contact police.

Seattle police say they arrested a suspect at his home in Shoreline on Sunday afternoon.

Police say the issue was threatening language posted on social media by a former theater employee.

The theater says it informed guests of the cancellation as soon as it could.

The Sunday evening performance of “Annie” was scheduled to go on and Seattle police were providing extra uniformed officers for security. Theater officials say it plans to increase security through the rest of the run of the show.

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