Movie theater chains and local cinemas institute bag checks after attacks

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind (Aug. 20, 2015)-- After a number of violent attacks at theaters across the country, Regal Cinemas announced it will start searching bags when you enter its theater. The cinema is joining other local movie theaters that are also ramping up security.

“It helps. I think that it makes people feel secure and comfortable,” says Leigh Friedman of Georgetown 14 Cinemas.

Theaters are hiring more staff to search through bags and purses before you enter the theater. Their goal is to keep weapons and illegal items out of the theater to hopefully prevent attacks like we've seen in Colorado, Louisiana and Tennessee.

“It also lowers the probability that we are going to have a problem here, period. There is no question about it,” says Friedman.

Georgetown 14 Cinemas is also spending thousands of dollars on cameras around the theater for surveillance and added security. The theater also hired extra staff and security guards to patrol the property.

“We had two police cars here this last weekend, three people for security armed,” says Friedman.

The Regal Entertainment group owns at least five theaters in central Indiana, including the Circle Centre location. That location is also searching bags, packages, and backpacks.

Regal Cinemas management says they have changed their security policy to ensure everyone’s safety. Georgetown 14 Cinemas agrees that safety is the top priority and will turn away people if they refuse their new security procedures.

“If they don’t want to show it to us, they don’t have to. But they cannot get a ticket here,” says Friedman.


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