Theater Cancels Matinee, Police Investigate After Theater Employees Discover Threats on Facebook

UPDATE  12/2/2018 4:58 p.m. – Seattle Police detectives arrested the suspect at his home in Shoreline. He is currently in police custody. This remains an active and ongoing investigation.


Seattle Police will have extra uniformed officers at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre this evening, while detectives investigate threatening remarks posted on Facebook earlier today.

Shortly after 1:00 p.m., 5th Avenue Theatre managers called 911 to report the presence of threatening language posted on a former employee’s social media account. Theater staff advised police that the threats created an environment of fear and theater management made the decision to cancel the 1:30 p.m. matinee showing.

Theater guests were immediately informed of the cancellation.

The decision to cancel the performance was made by theater management without any input from the Seattle Police Department. Seattle Police officers will remain on site for the evening performance.

Detectives are investigating and attempting to locate the suspect responsible for making the threats. This remains an active and on-going investigation.