HOUSTON - Movie patrons at Regal Theaters may be in for a bit of a shock. Just like going to the airport, you'll have to go through a security check.
In the wake of recent attacks at movie theaters around the country, like July's shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana and the 2012 shooting in Aurora, Colorado the Regal Entertainment Group made a change to their admittance policy, saying:
"To ensure the safety of our guests and employees, backpacks and bags of any kind are subject to inspection..."
Customers, for the most part, understand.
Linda Swift said, "I hate to say that I approve because it shouldn't have to come to that point, but I definitely do because I'd like to go see a movie without being shot."
"It's pitiful, but it's reality. It's unfortunate. Very unfortunate," according to Jodie Miller.
"Well, it's a sad commentary on life but I think it's necessary," added Will Jones.
But not everybody agrees.
Tracy Willis explained, "I understand that because of recent incidents where crazy people have been shooting people in the movies, I understand that but it threw me for a loop for a minute, and I just wanted a refund and I'll probably go to a suburban movie theater now."
A sad state of affairs, where seeing a movie becomes a security risk, but nice to know that at least one movie chain is doing something to make us feel just a little safer.
Mitchell Pelaez said, "If it means being safe, then yes, I commend them doing that. it could be a step forward trying to do something better."
And now, it's just a little harder to sneak in candy and snacks. A small price to pay as our security evolves with the times.
Is an ounce of prevention worth a pound of cure? You decide.