Aug 17, 2015 4:40 PM

NH movie-goers react to Regal Cinemas' new search policy following theater shootings

HOOKSETT - In the wake of several movie theater shootings across the nation, one company has adopted a new policy that is hitting home in New Hampshire.

Regal Entertainment Group has decided to search all bags and backpacks before allowing customers to watch a movie.

With Regal locations in Hooksett, Concord and Newington, some NH residents will now be searched before entering a show.

Thousands of people have posted their complaints of Facebook, outraged at the new policy.

Some people even suggested the policy is just a way to discourage people from bringing outside food and drink into the theater - therefore boosting Regal's candy sales.

One NH resident wrote, “The new policy of searching people's bags in NH is disgusting. You are probably doing it to boost candy sales and nothing more. I will never again go to your theaters if this is your new business model. By the way, I carry a gun in your places all the time. I am the safe one that will protect others.”

But not everyone is upset about the policy, including Molly Bath.

“Well if it takes someone checking bags to make sure there is not a gun - because it’s become such a prevalent thing now - then I’m all for it. It’s not a big deal,” Bath said.

Judy Bacon also supports the policy.

“I think we’re unfortunately getting use to this kind of thing," she said. "It’s sort of expected for safety and security."

The gunmen at Chatanooga, Layfette and Antioch were all men that had a gun strapped to their bodies. Some people are wondering if this new policy would, in fact, increase safety, or whether it mostly just targeted women.

“Women are just usually the ones that are carrying bags," Bath said. "If a guy walks in with a backpack, I expect them to check his as well. ... A woman could carry it in her purse. I think anyone could do it."

For some though, it wasn't the policy that bothered them. It was the lack of notice.

“I think it’s necessary,” Shawnda Hopkins said, “However a sign in the beginning would have let me know. It wouldn’t have been so weird.”


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