It was only a matter of time before theaters started taking action. In light of the recent events that have caused concern for moviegoers around the country, Tennessee-based Regal Cinemas has instituted a bag check policy for those entering their theaters.
Regal’s website has the following posted regarding backpacks, packages and bags on their Admittance Procedures page:
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. 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.
While it may not be a perfect system, it is nice to see a theater chain is trying to do something to combat the issue. I would be worried how they are handling the safety of the person(s) checking bags, should they find something suspicious, but it’s a start.
There’s also been chatter about other theaters possibly raising ticket prices by as much as $1.00 to $2.00 to provide staff, hand scanners or metal detectors as added security measures towards the safety of their patrons.