Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cinema Verite Bag Checks Aren't Foolproof but Will Boost Security

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cinema Verite Bag Checks Aren't Foolproof but Will Boost Security

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The largest chain of movie theaters in the United States will begin checking moviegoers' bags in the wake of the theater shooting in Lafayette, La., last month. So, too, is SouthSide Works Cinema in Pittsburgh. This is bad news for snack smugglers who will now have to heed theaters' no-outside-food rules, but it's necessary to thwart copycat shooters and soothe nervous filmophiles.

Regal Cinemas, which operates 569 theaters including one in Butler County, has posted signs saying bags are "subject to inspection." On its website, the company acknowledges the hassle of a search and says the inconvenience "is not without flaws but we hope these are minor in comparison to increased safety."

Given the vulnerability of moviegoers, who sit in a dark theater for hours without knowing who is in there with them, it's a good policy to adopt, both for theaters and their customers. Box-office receipts are stagnant, and the shootings in Aurora, Colo., and Lafayette - along with a recent incident in Nashville, Tenn. …

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