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Regal Theaters announce bag-check policy in response to recent shootings

08.20.2015

Sadly, theater shootings aren't anything new, but have seemed to pick up momentum this past summer. A screening of TRAINWRECK in Louisiana found itself victim to a shooter which resulted in three deaths. Earlier this month in Tennessee, a hatchet-wielding man injured two people before being killed by police at a screening of MAD MAX: FURY ROAD. Then, of course, there's that little shit in California who thought bringing a leafblower into a theater would be a good idea. Movie theaters have remained nearly security-free for some time but in the wake of these events, they will be making some changes. It looks like Regal Entertainment Group will be the first to act.

While extra security and even metal detectors have been spotted at screenings for STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, the largest chain in America are permanently implementing bag checks for anyone entering their theaters.

Regal Theaters on their new policy:

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.

Anyone checking their Facebook feed probably spot most folks worrying about their candy-sneaking habits, but this will undoubtedly be a turning point for how security will be handled in theaters going forward. Now, maybe it'll just be limited to bag checks and the occasional security guard for the time being, but ticket prices and public perception are bound to change.

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5:07AM on 08/21/2015
The biggest movie theater chain in the Netherlands did bag checks for about a year or so. Not because of guns (thankfully people aren't allowed to carry those here), but for the reason that many people suspect Regal is doing it: outside snacks and beverages. It was a fucking nightmare, queue times were much longer and a lot of people protested, sometimes even brawls ensued. So, they eventually stopped doing it.
I'm gonna be honest and say I brought in snacks from the outside because their
The biggest movie theater chain in the Netherlands did bag checks for about a year or so. Not because of guns (thankfully people aren't allowed to carry those here), but for the reason that many people suspect Regal is doing it: outside snacks and beverages. It was a fucking nightmare, queue times were much longer and a lot of people protested, sometimes even brawls ensued. So, they eventually stopped doing it.
I'm gonna be honest and say I brought in snacks from the outside because their popcorn is not only expensive as shit but it's also always stale as fuck. For fifty cents I could buy popcorn of infinitely better quality at the supermarket, and so I did. Not that I go regularly anymore, thanks to smartphones and general rudeness.
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3:17AM on 08/21/2015

It has begun.

"While extra security and even metal detectors have been spotted at screenings for STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON"

Oh... And that's not a bit racist. At all.
"While extra security and even metal detectors have been spotted at screenings for STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON"

Oh... And that's not a bit racist. At all.
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11:40PM on 08/20/2015
Why not just put an AK47 on a glass compartment that says 'BREAK GLASS IN CASE OF PSYCHO SHOOTER'.
Why not just put an AK47 on a glass compartment that says 'BREAK GLASS IN CASE OF PSYCHO SHOOTER'.
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6:03AM on 08/21/2015
Because then any psycho shooter would know how they can get an AK47 in a cinema......
Because then any psycho shooter would know how they can get an AK47 in a cinema......
10:44AM on 08/26/2015
But a psycho shooter would bring his own guns because you really can't trust those theater ushers to keep their theater guns properly cleaned and ready to fire.
But a psycho shooter would bring his own guns because you really can't trust those theater ushers to keep their theater guns properly cleaned and ready to fire.
11:36PM on 08/20/2015

Oh, geez . . .

"Those who would give up some liberty in exchange for a little temporary safety deserve neither the liberty nor the safety" - Ben Franklin
"Those who would give up some liberty in exchange for a little temporary safety deserve neither the liberty nor the safety" - Ben Franklin
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10:34PM on 08/20/2015
Are we talking metal detector wands or simple bag checking? I'm okay with the wands it's quick and easy. But bag checking is going to take too long during big openings (ie Star Wars). And it just seems like a cheap solution for Regal to this problem. Install a metal detector or get some handheld wands. That's a quick and effective process. As opposed to bag checking which is going to stifle my sneaking in water bottles... that shit cost damn near $4 at the theater, way too much.
Are we talking metal detector wands or simple bag checking? I'm okay with the wands it's quick and easy. But bag checking is going to take too long during big openings (ie Star Wars). And it just seems like a cheap solution for Regal to this problem. Install a metal detector or get some handheld wands. That's a quick and effective process. As opposed to bag checking which is going to stifle my sneaking in water bottles... that shit cost damn near $4 at the theater, way too much.
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11:30PM on 08/20/2015
That's the REAL reason for the new policy. "We wanna check yer stuff for snackies" doesn't swing nearly as much weight as "WE WANNA SAVE YOUR PATHETIC LITTLE LIVES".
That's the REAL reason for the new policy. "We wanna check yer stuff for snackies" doesn't swing nearly as much weight as "WE WANNA SAVE YOUR PATHETIC LITTLE LIVES".
11:19AM on 08/22/2015
Maybe right.. because if they want to check for weapons they could get wands or walkthrough metal detectors... not hold up the fucking line looking in bags. On the other hand, why are people bringing bags to movie theaters??
Maybe right.. because if they want to check for weapons they could get wands or walkthrough metal detectors... not hold up the fucking line looking in bags. On the other hand, why are people bringing bags to movie theaters??
9:37PM on 08/20/2015
Is it just me, or is everyone turning into a big pussy? I mean, c'mon!. Do people really need to be patted down at the theater? The chances of you getting shot in a theater is slim to none.
Is it just me, or is everyone turning into a big pussy? I mean, c'mon!. Do people really need to be patted down at the theater? The chances of you getting shot in a theater is slim to none.
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9:12PM on 08/20/2015

NO.

Just another reason not to set foot in a theater.
Just another reason not to set foot in a theater.
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8:21PM on 08/20/2015

Fuck it, I'm all for this.

I don't care anymore. If this is what it takes to make people feel secure then by all means do this. There are too many crazy assholes out there and if there is even A SMALL CHANCE this will save someones life, I am all for it. Even if it stops 1 jackass in the next 5 years, that's one jackass who was stopped from hurting others.
I don't care anymore. If this is what it takes to make people feel secure then by all means do this. There are too many crazy assholes out there and if there is even A SMALL CHANCE this will save someones life, I am all for it. Even if it stops 1 jackass in the next 5 years, that's one jackass who was stopped from hurting others.
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11:34PM on 08/20/2015
"Those who would give up some liberty in exchange for a little temporary safety deserve neither the liberty nor the safety" - Ben Franklin
"Those who would give up some liberty in exchange for a little temporary safety deserve neither the liberty nor the safety" - Ben Franklin
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7:32PM on 08/20/2015

'Murica?

...'Murica.
...'Murica.
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6:30PM on 08/20/2015

Riggggght....

Because we all know that potential shooters are going to place their weapons in their girlfriend's purses, and not conceal them in their waistband...or prop open the exit and go retrieve them from their car and re-enter the theater. This is bullshit...just another way for them to check for snacks that you didn't pay $10 for. Not to mention another instance of people willing to give up their freedom for a false sense of "security". Luckily, the Regal theater in my town is a piece of crap that I
Because we all know that potential shooters are going to place their weapons in their girlfriend's purses, and not conceal them in their waistband...or prop open the exit and go retrieve them from their car and re-enter the theater. This is bullshit...just another way for them to check for snacks that you didn't pay $10 for. Not to mention another instance of people willing to give up their freedom for a false sense of "security". Luckily, the Regal theater in my town is a piece of crap that I have always refused to go to because they don't take care of it...
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5:31PM on 08/20/2015
The incident in Tennessee happened near where I live and work. It is tragic, and I'm all about safety - but [without delving too much into politics] I think the core problem here is the vilification of guns in this society to the point where regular citizens can't protect themselves. Imagine what a man who is properly gun-trained could do to one of these idiots. The harm would be less, and we would all feel safer. Without the responsible use of weapons, we're crippled in our ability to protect
The incident in Tennessee happened near where I live and work. It is tragic, and I'm all about safety - but [without delving too much into politics] I think the core problem here is the vilification of guns in this society to the point where regular citizens can't protect themselves. Imagine what a man who is properly gun-trained could do to one of these idiots. The harm would be less, and we would all feel safer. Without the responsible use of weapons, we're crippled in our ability to protect ourselves. Also, when does it end? It starts with checking bags, will they soon move to pockets and wallets too? I don't want this to become a total infringement on peoples' privacy either. But hopefully this all works for the better, because the theater should be a fun, safe place to have a great time.
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5:54PM on 08/20/2015
Completely agree unfortunately in the political climate of this day I do not know how this would happen.
Completely agree unfortunately in the political climate of this day I do not know how this would happen.
6:59PM on 08/20/2015
I fully support proper gun training. Even for people who don't own or carry guns. Just in case. I think gun safety is more important than gun rights. Unsafe firearms habits make the rest of us look bad.
I fully support proper gun training. Even for people who don't own or carry guns. Just in case. I think gun safety is more important than gun rights. Unsafe firearms habits make the rest of us look bad.
10:24PM on 08/20/2015
There was no gun involved in Ten. The guy had an axe, pepper spray, and an air soft gun that shoots PLASTIC BBs that won;t even break skin.

The police did ALL of the shooting.
There was no gun involved in Ten. The guy had an axe, pepper spray, and an air soft gun that shoots PLASTIC BBs that won;t even break skin.

The police did ALL of the shooting.
10:59AM on 08/21/2015
Michaelb1492, and your point is? It doesn't matter what kind of weapon the criminal has, his intent is to harm/kill. Whether it's a knife, hatchet, or gun. It is the citizens who should be properly trained with firearms so a violent attack of any kind can be prevented.
Michaelb1492, and your point is? It doesn't matter what kind of weapon the criminal has, his intent is to harm/kill. Whether it's a knife, hatchet, or gun. It is the citizens who should be properly trained with firearms so a violent attack of any kind can be prevented.
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4:40PM on 08/20/2015

Or we could stop demonizing guns

Let people carry so then when a psycho goes nuts, the innocent can defend themselves.
Let people carry so then when a psycho goes nuts, the innocent can defend themselves.
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5:31PM on 08/20/2015
yep...
yep...
5:53PM on 08/20/2015
Exactly.
Exactly.
6:51PM on 08/20/2015
I'm confused. Who is keeping people from carrying legal firearms in theaters? Or are the people with gun permits just not going to the theaters where the shooters are?
I'm confused. Who is keeping people from carrying legal firearms in theaters? Or are the people with gun permits just not going to the theaters where the shooters are?
10:26PM on 08/20/2015
@HoyleHaw - most theaters post no gun signs to let concealed carry permit holders know they do not allow guns on their premises.

In most states with concealed carry- any business can ban guns as long as they properly post proper legally defined signage. Violating this is a criminal offense.
@HoyleHaw - most theaters post no gun signs to let concealed carry permit holders know they do not allow guns on their premises.

In most states with concealed carry- any business can ban guns as long as they properly post proper legally defined signage. Violating this is a criminal offense.
4:22PM on 08/20/2015
A dumb reaction to an easy to spot problem. No guns in movie theaters. In some areas, have armed, trained security staff to dissuade spree shooters. It isn't that complicated a problem to fix. This is just a way to make people not sneak in food, but purchase their overpriced commissions.
A dumb reaction to an easy to spot problem. No guns in movie theaters. In some areas, have armed, trained security staff to dissuade spree shooters. It isn't that complicated a problem to fix. This is just a way to make people not sneak in food, but purchase their overpriced commissions.
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3:48PM on 08/20/2015

So I know people are gonna bitch about this but...

...how about I dunno we fix our fucking gun laws and approach to mental health in this country so I can go see a fucking movie in peace?
...how about I dunno we fix our fucking gun laws and approach to mental health in this country so I can go see a fucking movie in peace?
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3:45PM on 08/20/2015
lol... Even though they says it's due to shootings it gives themgrounds to actually check to see if you are bring in drinks and food instead.
lol... Even though they says it's due to shootings it gives themgrounds to actually check to see if you are bring in drinks and food instead.
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3:30PM on 08/20/2015

I dunno...

This is undoubtedly only the beginning. It will expand to screenings for everyone similar to airports since you're in a contained space with a relatively large group of other people. Personally, I think having a security guard (and a plain clothed one similar to an air marshall) makes more sense. Forget patdowns and metal detectors and just have someone in there ready to respond if shit pops off. This bag-check policy may be just another reason why less and less people will avoid the cinema and
This is undoubtedly only the beginning. It will expand to screenings for everyone similar to airports since you're in a contained space with a relatively large group of other people. Personally, I think having a security guard (and a plain clothed one similar to an air marshall) makes more sense. Forget patdowns and metal detectors and just have someone in there ready to respond if shit pops off. This bag-check policy may be just another reason why less and less people will avoid the cinema and stay home and watch Netflix/TV, which is awful for cinema, which I consider the highest form of visual art.
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3:26PM on 08/20/2015

Fix the story

There was no gunman in Tennessee. He had an air soft(plastic bbs) pistol in a bag. He injured people with an axe. The only shooters were the police.
You need to correct your story.

What are they going to do, some highschool kid is going to want to search purses - this will be a disaster.

You have a better chance of getting hit by lightning then being involved in a theater shooting.
There was no gunman in Tennessee. He had an air soft(plastic bbs) pistol in a bag. He injured people with an axe. The only shooters were the police.
You need to correct your story.

What are they going to do, some highschool kid is going to want to search purses - this will be a disaster.

You have a better chance of getting hit by lightning then being involved in a theater shooting.
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3:26PM on 08/20/2015
This actually happened to us at a Regal Cinema this weekend when my partner and I went to see Straight Outta Compton. We weren't really surprised by the move by the recent events in the news. Can't be too safe now a days.
This actually happened to us at a Regal Cinema this weekend when my partner and I went to see Straight Outta Compton. We weren't really surprised by the move by the recent events in the news. Can't be too safe now a days.
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3:14PM on 08/20/2015

Let's be honest.

They wanted this policy for years, not to catch people bringing in guns, but to catch people bringing in M&Ms & Sodas from Walmart. Looking like a "caring corporation concerned for your safety" is just a bonus.
They wanted this policy for years, not to catch people bringing in guns, but to catch people bringing in M&Ms & Sodas from Walmart. Looking like a "caring corporation concerned for your safety" is just a bonus.
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2:50PM on 08/20/2015
This is unfortunate. People ruin everything.
This is unfortunate. People ruin everything.
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2:49PM on 08/20/2015
I am quite alright with this. If you'd asked me after James Holmes I might've thought this was overreacting. I don't think that now.
I am quite alright with this. If you'd asked me after James Holmes I might've thought this was overreacting. I don't think that now.
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3:38PM on 08/20/2015
He left through an exit door and came back with guns, he did not bring them in the front door where the security would be today.
He left through an exit door and came back with guns, he did not bring them in the front door where the security would be today.
6:49PM on 08/20/2015
Is that true of all the cases? I mean, honestly, fuck it. If a maniac wants to gun me down in a movie theater, there is very little that can stop him short of me not going to the theater to begin with. But I'm not surprised one bit Regal is taking measures. I don't even go to their theaters that much. Not going to pretend these theaters have zero cause for this though.
Is that true of all the cases? I mean, honestly, fuck it. If a maniac wants to gun me down in a movie theater, there is very little that can stop him short of me not going to the theater to begin with. But I'm not surprised one bit Regal is taking measures. I don't even go to their theaters that much. Not going to pretend these theaters have zero cause for this though.
2:44PM on 08/20/2015
Good I don't want some whack job shooting up the place while I'm trying to enjoy a movie.
Good I don't want some whack job shooting up the place while I'm trying to enjoy a movie.
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