Movie theater chain check­ing bags across US af­ter shoot­ings

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Movie theater chain Re­gal En­ter­tain­ment Group has be­gun to check bags in re­sponse to shoot­ings at the­aters around the United States, a pro­ce­dure it ac­knowl­edged on its web­site was “not with­out flaws” and would in­con­ve­nience guests but pro­vide bet­ter se­cu­rity.

It’s un­clear when the pol­icy be­gan, but sev­eral lo­cal TV sta­tions re­ported online that cus­tomers no­ticed the change in Texas, Vir­ginia, Florida and Ohio be­gin­ning ear­lier this month.

Re­gal spokesman Richard Grover did not re­spond to re­quests for com­ment Wed­nes­day. The Knoxville, Ten­nessee, com­pany op­er­ates some 570 the­aters around the coun­try.

On its web­site, the com­pany says “se­cu­rity is­sues have be­come a daily part of our lives in Amer­ica” and says that bags and back­packs are sub­ject to in­spec­tion be­fore en­ter­ing.

Na­tional Amuse­ments Inc.’ s Show­case chain, which runs about 30 the­aters in the north­east­ern U.S., says on its web­site that it has banned back­packs and pack­ages and re­serves the right to search purses and bags. It says the pol­icy, which be­gan Aug. 7, will be in place “for the time be­ing.”

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