In response to recent concerns about public safety, Cinemark Theaters has announced it will ban large bags in their theaters. The movie chain says medical bags and diaper bags will still be allowed. However, they will reserve the right to search the bags of any patrons before they enter the theater.
Not everyone is convinced the move is about safety.
As a person who once worked at a movie theatre, I think this is more about concessions than "security." But for those grousing about concessions prices, just know that the folks working the theatres are mostly paid from concessions rather than ticket sales…
— Valerie Noble (@walelia) February 21, 2018
Some folks took it as a challenge.
— Jaxx (@StarsTakeTheCup) February 21, 2018
And others made more salient points (even if they got their “couples wires” crossed).
I can’t believe we aren’t on the same page. I thought he was really mad for me and standing up for women everywhere who feel lost without their purses during a night out for dinner and a movie. I think we need couple’s therapy. #purseban #Cinemark pic.twitter.com/We12j0WPZB
— Jaymie Massey (@JustJaymie) February 21, 2018
But seriously, how many women have shot up a theater? And when are we going to stop banning “bad” things instead of proactively preventing bad things with ideas like…posting an armed guard or police officer?
Just an idea.
On a personal note, as a young woman I worked at a dollar movie theater. The tickets were low because the concessions were twice the price of a regular theater. Theaters make very little money from your ticket. They count on you buying overpriced concessions. I suspect this is more about losing money than safety, but it’s a very clever spin by the Cinemark PR department.