Theater Chain Doubles-Down on Unreasonable Search Policy

Regal Theaters & Entertainment Group
Regal Theaters & Entertainment Group

Grass Roots North Carolina

North Carolina -( Grass Roots North Carolina (GRNC) supporters have been receiving chain letter replies to their concerns about being searched while attending movies shown in Regal theater outlets.

“…backpacks and bags of any kind are subject to inspection prior to admission. 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.”

Regal considers their clear violation of patrons’ privacy a “minor inconvenience”, as if this is a trifling matter. Also troubling is their assertion that rendering innocent people defenseless in “gun free” theaters somehow makes them “safer“.

Unfortunately for movie goers, those intent on mass murder are more cunning than theater management. Even psychotic murderers will find no problem identifying dozens of obvious ways around Regal’s half-baked search policy.

A sense of false security is arguably more dangerous than no security at all.

In this case, by suggesting their degrading searches “increase security” while at the same time disarming law-abiding citizens, Regal is creating the “worst of both worlds”: Murderers can still easily smuggle weapons, while patrons and staff are more likely than ever to be defenseless potential victims concentrated within a confined space for easy targeting.

It is time for Regal to understand that free North Carolinians don’t take their rights to remain free of unreasonable searches, and to effectively defend themselves and their families, lightly.

With Internet expansion of alternate sources of movie access, Regal’s brick-and-mortar establishments are already in trouble. Arrogantly violating patrons’ rights is not something theater chains can afford.

Let’s hit them where it hurts: their shrinking bottom line.

North Carolina REGAL CINEMAS Conducting TSA-style Searches Include:

  • Apex 1441 Beaver Creek Commons Dr.
  • Asheville 321 Haw Creek Lane
  • Boone 210 New Market Street Centre
  • Cary 501 Caitboo Dr.
  • Chapel Hill 120 Banks Street
  • CHARLOTTE 11240 US Hwy 29
  • 607 Providence Road
  • 4289 Park Road
  • 6911 Phillips Place Court
  • 8008 Providence Road
  • 7824 Rea Road
  • Garner 1205 Timber Drive East
  • Gastonia 3778 E. Franklin Boulevard
  • Greensboro 3205 Northline Ave.
  • Greenville 750 SW Greenville Blvd.
  • High Point 921 Eastchester Drive
  • Huntersville 16950 Birkdale Commons Pkwy.
  • Monroe 1911 Dickerson Blvd.
  • Raleigh 8611 Brier Creek
  • Wilmington 900 Town Center Drive


EMAIL LEADERSHIP AT REGAL ENTERTAINMENT GROUP AND THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THEATER OWNERS. Use the copy/paste email list below, and the copy/paste text under ‘Deliver This Message.’

Until they put an end to the TSA-style bag searches, I’ll be taking my entertainment dollars elsewhere . Regal: I say “no” to the strip search society! This is not making anyone safer, and it’s a terrible indignity. On date night, I really don’t want to feel like I’m being “booked” down at the precinct. THAT’S NOT ENTERTAINMENT!

You won’t see me at @RegalMovies until they end their TSA-style searching policy. #REGAL #ThatsNotEntertainment


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Suggested Subject: “Search Policy Pointless and Unacceptable”

Dear Regal Entertainment and NATO Leadership:

Your response to concerns about your violative search policy and dangerous practice of disarming law-abiding patrons is entirely unacceptable.

Searching bags is obviously a pointless exercise in-terms of security. In addition, it is a clear violation of your patrons’ right to privacy.

Policies that both violate rights and provide a false sense of security are dangerous.

Until you stop harassing patrons with dangerous policies you will see no more of my business.



Grass Roots North Carolina is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to preserving the freedoms guaranteed us by the Bill of Rights. Our main focus is the right to keep and bear arms. GRNC was central to drafting and passing North Carolina’s concealed handgun law and since that time has continued to push for improvements to gun laws.

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do you feel me

This is another feel good rule. I’m sure the next step will be to feel up the patrons. Just vote with your money or if you are really upset, start a protest in front of the theater, Anti gunners do it and so should we.

Mountain Whispers Audiobooks

Regal’s new ‘security search’ policy is NOT about increasing safety, it’s about increasing profits by confiscating that Snicker’s bar you’re trying to smuggle into the theater. Shame on you. After forking over $12 for that dismal movie you should at least be willing to shell out another $7 for their Snicker’s Bar.


I have a CCL permit and carry all the time when in public and that includes theaters.


One young kid searching a handbag or backpack and ends up grabbing a firearm or pepper blaster.


This policy has been in effect for several years regarding the searching of bags, etc., which they do primarily to keep out food and drinks, so you’ll have to use their over-priced concession stand. Publicly relating it to guns, is the only new thing. I would suggest the following (it will only work the first time or two at each theater). I did it in my town, but you have to be willing to make a scene, and you need to be able to do so without getting threatening: 1) go to the theater and buy a ticket, 2) walk… Read more »

Clark Kent

Way, way too much work, amigo. Just hit them in the wallet and don’t give them your money by attending their theaters.


‘Stop and Frisk’ now happens at the movies? Our freedom is being eroded more every day.


This bag-check policy is startlingly stupid. Some things to consider… 1) Very few criminals carry a gun in a purse or bag. Typically, the gun is carried on their person, around the waist. Is Regal Cinema going to pat down every patron? If so, how extensive will the body search be? Hey, lines are already too long at movie theaters! 2) This policy will unfairly target women, who, after all, typically bring bags and purses to the theaters. To ask the obvious, how often do female mass-murderers shoot up movie theaters, schools, or churches? The answer is… never. 3) Bag… Read more »


I dont think its really about guns, IMHO.. Its more about the bottom line IE. SNACKS fellas. I know your wife hides a subway club and all the trimmings in her purse for you, and your dessert not the over priced popcorn, you guessed it a bag of popcorn and recces cups, and a Lightning Thunder from Wal Mart..
There was a 8 yr span between me going to the movies and Im thru. I took my nephew to a day showing of terminator, 2 popcorns and 2 drinks 56.00$$$ WTF


So they are going to search women’s purses and other people’s bags in the name of safety. They have openly declared this. So if I was a nut-job looking for a high body count I would only need to carry concealed on my person. Or are they going to start patting people down to “protect” us?


All anyone has to do is carry in their underpants. They are not going to look there or touch you there. Unless they have a metal detector wand and are trained and not afraid to go there, you can sneak in all the stuff you want., legal or otherwise. I spent over 4 decades in LE and I know from a great deal of experience in searching people, the vast majority of people (officers) won’t “touch you there” and I’m sure some kid working part time at the theater isn’t going to either. I never saw a single female officer… Read more »


You’re right of course. There have been multiple reports that Regal is only searching bags .. not bodies (not that they could lawfully do either without the customer’s begrudging and/or illiterate consent) and that the only thing they’re likely to accomplish with that policy is disarm the already physically less-capable female customers, and .. probably Regal’s actual goal .. cause a chilling effect upon people bringing outside snacks and drinks. Which, at that rate, Regal is rather cynically p*ssing on their customer’s civil rights, claiming “safety” is the rationale .. while making everyone less safe, just so they can charge… Read more »


My state concealed carry law allows any business to post no firearms allowed, concealed or otherwise.

We have to follow the law or risk loss of our permit and also Felony conviction.
In Dec of 2015 new law changes that to a fine and no loss of permit.


Not a smart move on Regals part. I for one will wait till the movie comes out on Amazon. I don’t like the idea of being a target for a nut job that decides to use the back door instead of waiting to be searched. If anything the people who do get nabbed are the ones not intent on killing people. So besides overcharging you for popcorn and soda they feel free to trample your right to be free from illegal searches. Not a very bright CEO at the helm of regal

Clark Kent

The best message to deliver: don’t spend you hard earned ca$h at Regal Cinemas.