Security Inspections At Regal Cinemas

header-regal-logoSeveral outlets, including the BBC, are reporting a change to Regal Cinemas admittance policy, introducing bag checks at the US's largest theater chain. As described on their website:

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.

US movies theaters have become the targets of men with weapons and grudges. Sadly, this has led to deaths like the Lafayette, Louisiana shooting during a showing of Amy Schumer's Trainwreck and the recent incident in Nashville, Tennessee, in which an axe-wielding man was shot dead by police.

Regal Cinemas' decision is not surprising, but it's certainly disappointing on a number of levels. As always, there's the background radiation of violence. It's truly troubling to find theaters have finally become appealing to those who just want to hurt people. There's also the fact that these sorts of security checks often only provide the illusion of safety. Also — if I may put on the tin-foil hat for a moment — bag checks allow theater staff to search for snacks theatergoers may be sneaking in, undercutting those important concession receipts.

Above all else, issues of safety add to the already long list of complaints movie-goers have about a night at the movies. Hopefully, it won't become a permanent one.