Aggie Theatre: Concertgoers under age 21 to face breathalyzer, pat-downs after liquor-law violation

Police: Repeatedly finding drunk, underage patrons

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Aggie Theatre in Fort Collins is now requiring all concertgoers under age 21 to undergo a breathalyzer test and pat-down search following a liquor license violation.

The Coloradoan reported the concert venue was also forced to stop selling alcohol for five days after police repeatedly found drunk, underage people inside or on the sidewalk in front of the theater. Undercover police officers also spotted people smoking marijuana during a concert.

At a Monday court hearing, Aggie owner Scoo Leary admitted violating liquor laws and agreed to the temporary sales suspension after Fort Collins police yanked his liquor license Thursday, the newspaper reported. Leary said he took "100 percent responsibility" for the incidents.

 "Can we do a better job? Absolutely," Leary told Fort Collins Municipal Judge Kathleen M. Lane, according to the Coloradoan. Leary also noted that this was his first liquor-license violation in a decade.

Leary said he already has three breathalyzer devices and will bar any minors from entering if they’ve consumed any alcohol. He said the pat-downs are aimed at ensuring minors aren’t sneaking alcohol or other contraband in the theater, the newspaper reported.

Fort Collins police said the Aggie has generated more than 50 medical/EMS calls since Jan. 1, 2011, the newspaper reported. Police also emphasized 24 cases in which officers dealt with disturbances, fights, underage drinking and other liquor license violations at the venue.