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Video: Regal Cinemas Begins Checking Theatergoers' Bags

August 20, 2015  | 

VIDEO: Regal Cinemas Begins Checking Theatergoers' Bags

Regal Entertainment Group has become the first national cinema chain to announce random inspections of bags and backpacks. The new policy, posted on its website, says "backpacks and bags of any kind are subject to inspection prior to admission," reports KTRK in Houston.

An employee for ABC-13 noticed the change this past Saturday when she went to see a movie at the Regal Entertainment Group-owned Edwards Greenway Grand Palace off Weslayan. She purchased her tickets at the counter and went inside. When she handed them to the ticket collector, she was then subjected to a bag search "for security reasons." Employees then searched through her purse before allowing her to enter the theater.

It's not just Houston. The new bag check policy has also been spotted at theaters in Virginia, Florida, Ohio, and several other states.

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Capt. Ahab @ 8/20/2015 5:10 PM

Israel has been doing this for decades. Prime terrorist targets like hospitals, schools, post offices, theaters ALWAYS have armed security and often airport-style metal detectors. Israelis have a joke, "No one ever retires here; they just become security guards." I am not surprised by the new theater policy; it'll become more common once the Muslims take out a theater here in the USA.

Jon Retired LEO @ 8/20/2015 7:48 PM

I don't blame the theaters for what they are trying to do but that won't stop a killer. They will just wear the weapon on their person and in that case a metal detector or a hand wand would be needed. If they start telling off duty officers and retired officers that they can't carry in the theater then I personally would boycott that theater.

Ima Leprechaun @ 8/23/2015 2:05 PM

As far as I'm concerned if they want to pat me down or look in my wallet they need a warrant just like the Police. But I have no plans to ever go to a theater again anyway, its just not worth the hassle. It's safer to stay home and watch a video where popcorn is free.

Ima Leprechaun @ 8/23/2015 2:07 PM

By the way Ahab all the movie shooters have been Americans and not one was Muslim. But I guess prejudice people see what they want to see.

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