Movie theaters start checking purses and bags
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FORT MYERS, Fla. - Moviegoers now must turn over their purse or handbag before entering to see a movie.
Employees at Regal Gulf Coast Stadium 16 are searching people's bags.
Dawn Liebespach who went to the movies with her family didn't mind the search, but at first though they were looking for smuggled in snacks.
"I thought they were looking for goodies and it did startle me. I am at the movie theater with my three boys and to find out they might be looking for weapons," said Liebespach.
A Regal spokesperson tells me the theater has the right to search the contents of any bag and those rules are posted at the box office. The spokesperson has also added the policy has been in place since 2001.
"I do understand why they would want to search because of what has happened," said one moviegoer.
The searches come nearly a month after the Colorado movie theater shooting and now on Friday, Carmike Cinemas, the nation's fourth largest movie theater chain, received a bomb threat against locations across the country.
Regal Cinemas also add that moviegoers should expect stricter dress code when it comes to people dressing up as characters for movie premiers.
Most moviegoers Fox 4 spoke with said they do not mind the searches.
Regal also adds they take safety and security seriously and do not discuss security measures publicly for obvious safety reasons.