It’s the end of an era for rule enforcement at the movie theater, at least when it comes to Regal Entertainment theaters. The chain has apparently amended their rules to search any and all bags entering the theater to enforce tighter security following the string of shootings at movie theaters in the past few years. It seems like a rule that has always been on the books, but Mashable notes that many theatergoers noticed the heightened change earlier this month in places like Texas, Virginia, and Florida, with some theaters even adding signs to notify customers of the additional security:
Now some on Twitter are pointing out that this policy, while sensible, does seem a little odd given that this is the route people are willing to take while completely ignoring the gun issue at hand. It also pops up at a time when Sony was offering a refund to theaters due to heightened security connected with the movie Straight Outta Compton, something that doesn’t seem to happen with other movies.