POLL: Protecting Movie Patrons From Shootings
First Aurora, now an incident at Regal Cinema in Crocker Park, has people talking about safety, weapons and how to protect movie-goers from 'Dark Knight' copycats.
Words like "disaster" and "tragedy" were used to describe what could have happened at Regal Cinema on Saturday night.
But, thanks to the actions of a cinema employee and an off-duty Westlake police officer working security, Scott A. Smith of North Ridgeville sits in jail on weapons charges after he was found to have a loaded 9MM Glock semiautomatic handgun, two more loaded magazines, and four knives on him as he sat in an empty theater.
The movie he was going to see? In a scary reminder of the Aurora, Colo., shootings, Smith had bought a ticket to see The Dark Knight Rises.
The Aurora shootings showed how vulnerable people are in movie theaters. Once the movie starts, it's dark, crowded and loud in there.
While Regal Cinema won't discuss specific security measures, it does have the right to search bags coming into the theater, and is cracking down on what sort of costumes and accessories movie fans can wear.
What should movie theater owners like Regal Cinema do to protect patrons? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.