Recher retains liquor license
The Baltimore County Liquor Board, along with the Recher Theatre, came to an agreement last week that absolved the theater of their role in a melee that broke out outside of the theater in September.
In late September, the Recher Theatre held an event for a chapter of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity, a group that is not associated with any university.
When the tickets sold out, the theater had to turn people away and the crowd outside soon grew to over 2,500 people waiting to get into the bar, and several fights broke out.
Seven people were arrested as a result of the incident.
As a result of the agreement, the Recher must ensure that it does not sell tickets beyond capacity and must also make this capacity clear in contracts with performers and promoters, according to the Baltimore Sun.
The theater also has to have its schedule and sales monitored by the county.
Owner of the theater Brian Recher told the Owings Mills-Reisterstown Patch that while there were unruly people outside the theater, “everybody inside was well-behaved. Everybody had a great time. There were no problems.”
The Recher could not be reached by The Towerlight by the time of publication.
“We’ve always taken a lot of pride in what we’ve done in the community. We live, eat and breathe Towson,” Recher said in the Baltimore Sun. “I would never want anything ever to happen to Towson.”
Chief Administrator of the Liquor Board Mike Mohler, said that in order to prevent things like this from happening in the future, the Recher would be best off “not dealing with third party promoters and not pre-selling tickets and there won’t be a mass crowd waiting to get into the theater.”
Freshman Patrice Compere said she agrees with the county’s solution to the incident.
“I think the decision made by the county government was a good one,” she said. “The Recher shouldn’t be held responsible for the actions of a few violent people. It was a busy weekend in Towson with concerts and homecoming going on, and large crowds can be hard to maintain no matter how well you’ve prepared.”
Freshman English major Katie LaHatte said the Recher should have had more concern for the crowd outside the theater.
“They probably should have monitored it better to prevent anything from happening so that people don’t get hurt,” LaHatte said. “It’s not only unsafe, it’s not good for business—it scares away people knowing that someone could have a gun.”
Freshman Katlin Smith said she doesn’t think the Recher should have been charged in the first place.
“It’s not the theater’s fault a fight broke out,” she said. “That’s like blaming McDonald’s for becoming fat. People make their own choices. You can’t blame the establishment.”