Pinellas woman says workers too young to check moviegoers bags for guns

Regal Cinemas Pinellas Park

Pinellas Park, FL (WFLA) – Movie theater chain Regal Entertainment Group now checks bags when people visit their theaters.It comes it the wake of a number shootings at theaters around the country.

It’s not clear when the change started, but Kathleen Matecki of Pinellas County noticed the change three weeks ago, when she went to see a movie at the Regal Cinemas in Pinellas Park. “I don’t think this is going to make it safer,” she said.

Regal operates some 570 theaters around the country. On its website, the company said “Security issues have become a daily part of our lives in America. Regal Entertainment Group wants our customers and staff to feel comfortable and safe when visiting or working in our theatres. To ensure the safety of our guests and employees, backpacks and bags of any kind are subject to inspection prior to admission.”

Matecki doesn’t think it will make much difference, but said the searches themselves aren’t the biggest problem she has, it’s the people doing the searches that bothers her most.

It’s not about people’s right to carry guns.  This is not why I wanted to do this. It’s about these young adolescents and young adults who are making $7 or $8 an hour and shouldn’t have to put their lives in danger checking for guns.”

On its website, Regal said “We acknowledge that this procedure can cause some inconvenience and that it is not without flaws, but hope these are minor in comparison to increased safety.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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