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Locals React to Regal Theater's New Bag Check Policy

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SALISBURY, Md. -- Salisbury's Regal movie theater patrons with backpacks and purses may soon have to comply with bag checks.

Ramping up security, the Regal Entertainment Group says its new bag check policy comes after recent mass shootings at theaters around the country.

The Regal theater at the Centre at Salisbury mall isn't enforcing the policy just yet. But the city and county police presence outside of the theater should deter any would-be troublemakers.

Some moviegoers think the bag check policy is a step in the right direction.

"I feel like it should be extra security," said Khadijah Curtis of Salisbury. "Especially with what's going on I feel like it could be kind of dangerous."

"I think it's a good idea for other people's safety if they feel as though they're not safe when they go to the movies," said Shawnte Parker.

Regal says bag checkers will only look for dangerous items. A number of Regal locations have already posted signs about the bag checks.

The company says bags, purses and backpacks will be checked when patrons show their tickets before going inside the theaters.

The policy also applies to theaters owned by Regal, including the Edwards and United Artists cinemas.

Regal operates more than 7,300 screens in its 569 theaters around the country. 

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