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Sep 1, 2015 3:55 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

East End Movie Theaters Conducting Bag Searches

Sep 1, 2015 5:04 PM

Ticket checkers at the movie theaters in East Hampton, Southampton and Westhampton have begun security searches of bags and backpacks carried by moviegoers, part of a policy implemented by the theater’s corporate owners earlier this month.

Regal Entertainment Group, which owns United Artist theaters and Regal Cinemas, implemented a new bag search policy following the July shootings at movie theaters in Tennessee and Louisiana.

The company made no official announcement, and did not return requests for comment from The Press this week, but posted a brief statement to a page on its website concerning admittance polices.

“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 theaters,” the new policy section reads. “To ensure the safety of our guests and employees, backpacks and bags of any kind are subject to inspection prior to admission.”

At the UA theater in East Hampton this weekend, an employee did a cursory search of large purses and backpacks.

“Nobody has complained—we’re not patting them down. We just need to take a look in the bag,” another employee said. “Everyone wants it to be safe.”

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No more sneaking snacks into the theater!
By Mrs.Sea (268), Sag Harbor on Sep 1, 15 4:52 PM
Uh, they started this the week of that last shooting. Timely
By johnj (1024), Westhampton on Sep 1, 15 6:27 PM
This is sad but must be done.
By Resident tax (186), Hampton bays ny on Sep 1, 15 6:36 PM
Wait for it to come on NetFlicks.
By Nukiepoo (123), Southampton on Sep 1, 15 8:28 PM
Security reasons... right...
By Mr. Snerdley (397), Southampton on Sep 1, 15 8:41 PM
lets give up our liberty for security,suckers!
By LovinLife (61), East Quogue on Sep 2, 15 12:07 PM
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