Texas Music Theater nearly smoke-free
SAN MARCOS — Texas Music Theater has banned smoking most nights of the week and will likely snuff it entirely next year.
Since opening in early 2011, the two-story music theater has regularly received complaints about smoking and requests to disallow it, said Jodi Tidwell, the theater’s marketing director.
They banned smoking for the first time for a Thanksgiving show, she said. Now the vice is only acceptable on Thursdays, when Texas State University students pack in to dance to a D J set.
Every other person seems to be holding a cigarette on those nights, Tidwell said, and theater employees have worried that students would be dissuaded from attending if they couldn’t.
Even so, Tidwell said she thinks the venue will become entirely smoke-free next year. The theater is organizing a focus group to talk about the idea and glean other feedback about the venue.
The San Marcos City Council came close to putting a nonbinding referendum on the November ballot last year asking residents whether to ban smoking in public areas but ultimately voted against it.
A 1995 city ordinance already restricts smokers to some degree, making it an offense to smoke in public meeting rooms in government buildings, public areas in grocery stores and classrooms, among other “clean air areas.”
So far she said she’s only heard from two people who are disappointed with the new restrictions. Others have thanked the theater, she said.
The theater also hopes the change will encourage more tourism while keeping residents in town that would have otherwise traveled to San Antonio and Austin for smokefree venues.
To participate in the theater’s focus group about the expected change, email Tidwell at email@example.com.
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