Recher Theatre faces liquor board hearing after melee
The Recher Theatre is facing a hearing with the Baltimore County Liquor Board Oct. 29 after a melee broke outside their doors one week ago.
Ellen Kobler, deputy communications director with the Baltimore County government said that the liquor board believes there was a problem with the Recher managing their capacity during an event thrown by the Theta Mu Mu fraternity.
The Baltimore County Board of Liquor License Commissioners said they made the decision to hold a hearing based on police reports and consultation with the Baltimore County Police Department.
Chief Administrator for the liquor board Mike Mohler said the board will hear the testimony of owners at the Recher, and will determine if the theatre’s liquor license should be suspended or revoked, or if the charges should be dismissed.
The incident prompted the Recher to cancel Barstool, a popular club event that tours to various college campuses.
Freshman Tiara Bolden said the fraternity should have been more responsible for the number of students at the event.
“I think they should have let the people hosting the party know to only invite a certain amount of people, and the club should have been more in control of that,” she said. “However, there should be a warning. I don’t think [the hearing] is fair because things happen and if something like this happens again, then it would be fair.”
Senior Aaron Crawford said he believes the Recher shouldn’t have their license suspended.
“They handled it as well as they could have,” he said.
The theatre did close their doors after they reached maximum capacity, according to a BCPD press release.
An estimated 2,500 people were estimated to be on the street leaving the Recher and other businesses on York Road.
The incident led to five arrests, and two suspects were charged on criminal citations and a shooting.
Three of the arrestees were charged with second-degree assault, and the other two were charged for failure to obey a lawful order and resisting arrest. Detectives are still investigating the shooting, but confirmed that it was not a Towson student.