Regal Cinemas will be implementing bag checks as part of enhanced security measures, which comes after multiple theater attacks have impacted the nation. Signs will be displayed at entry points in theaters informing moviegoers that their belongings are subject to inspection prior to entering the building. The company has always reserved the right to check bags, however the changes include checking bags at the ticket stand rather than once inside. Regal Entertainment Group is the largest movie theater chain in the country with close to 600 theater locations.
As indicated on Regal Entertainment Group’s website, “Security issues have become a daily part of our lives in America. Regal Entertainment Group wants our customers and staff to feel comfortable and safe when visiting or working in our theaters. To ensure the safety of our guests and employees, backpacks and bags of any kind are subject to inspection prior to admission.”
Whether the bag-check technique will be enough to prevent movie theater tragedies from occurring in the future is still to be determined. It is worth noting that James Holmes, who was convicted of the Aurora, Colorado shooting massacre, entered the theater unarmed, exited the building and later reentered through the emergency exit carrying weapons.
Other theaters have not yet implemented a formal bag-check policy, although AMC does give managers discretion to check bags if they have concerns related to security.
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