Regal Entertainment Group said on its website that the new procedure is necessary because "security issues have become a daily part of our lives in America"

By Char Adams
Updated August 20, 2015 01:00 PM
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Movie theater chain Regal Entertainment Group has begun to check the bags of movie-goers in response to shootings around the country, according to multiple reports.

The company announced on its site that staff have begun to check the bags and backpacks of guests before allowing them to enter because “security issues have become a daily part of our lives in America,” according to the Associated Press.

While the company acknowledged that the new procedure is “not without flaws” and would inconvenience guests, but said the policy would provide better security.

Regal, which operates about 570 theaters nationwide, is not the only company to implement such safety procedures. According to the AP, National Amusements Inc.’s Showcase chain, which operates about 30 theaters in the northeastern U.S., has banned backpacks and packages.

On its website, the company states that it reserves the right to search purses and bags in the policy that began on Aug. 7.

Regal’s announcement comes just weeks after a man was shot dead by police in Antioch, Tennessee after he attacked theater guests with a pellet gun, a hatchet and pepper spray. Weeks earlier, a gunman fatally shot two people and wounded nine others at a Trainwreck screening in Lafayette Louisiana.

In the same month as the shootings, James Holmes was sentenced to life in prison for killing 12 people and injuring 70 movie-goers at a Colorado theatre in 2012.