Regal to Start Bag Checks for Moviegoers After Theater Shootings
"Security issues have become a daily part of our lives in America," the exhibition chain said of its new pre-admission policy.
Following recent theater shootings, Regal Entertainment Group says it may inspect bags and purses belonging to moviegoers heading into its theaters.
"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 theatres,” the chain said in a statement on its corporate website as it outlined new theater-admittance policy changes.
“To ensure the safety of our guests and employees, backpacks and bags of any kind are subject to inspection prior to admission. We acknowledge that this procedure can cause some inconvenience and that it is not without flaws, but hope these are minor in comparison to increased safety," the statement continued.
The security move by Regal follows the July 23 shooting deaths of two women and the injuring of nine others at The Grand 16 multiplex in Lafayette, La., and Universal Pictures indicating it would help pay for extra security in some theaters playing director F. Gary Gray's Straight Outta Compton when that movie opened in North America this past weekend.