Regal movie theaters checking bags as added security measure

BRANFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — After a handful of movie theater shootings nationwide, some local theaters are stepping up security measures.

“They just asked us to open bag and they took a look at it,” said Joyce Rogers.

Regal Entertainment Group is trying to prevent attacks inside its theaters, searching all bags and backpacks for hidden weapons as people walk in.

“In light of what’s been going on in the world, it is the right thing to do,” Rogers said.

Regal workers checked her purse and others on Tuesday night. The ladies welcomed the extra scrutiny as a trade-off for safety.

“I’m good with it,” said Nan DeFilippo. “She just asked me to open my handbag and poked around, looked at it, and on we went. I’m very happy to do it.”

“I think it’s the safe thing for everybody and make people more comfortable going to the movies,” said Irene Slater. “I felt very comfortable that they did it.”

A statement on the Regal Cinema website about the extra security reads in parts: “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.”

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