Will theater shootings change movie security?

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A British video on YouTube offers a spoof on security measures that movie theaters could take to find annoying cell phones.

 


 


St. Petersburg, Florida - The events of 9/11 shook this nation to its core and our lives changed. We're all now familiar with the increased security routines at the airport and large sporting events and concerts.

Pictures: PHOTO GALLERY from the shooting scene

So will the murders at the movies now change that experience too? It's a question already being posed on social media sites like YouTube. "It's going to get to the point where the movie theater is going to kind of look like the airport," said a movie fan in one post.

Gallery: Tweets, real time social media from Dark Knight shooting scene *warning, VERY GRAPHIC content*

In a statement today, the COO of Cobb Theatres Jeremy Welman wrote 10 News, "As always, we take the safety, security and comfort of our guests and team members very seriously and will continue to make that a top priority. As a precaution we will be adding additional security procedures at each location to maintain and ensure our guests a safe and comfortable cinema experience."

However, local security expert Adam Clark says theaters have to balance measures like wanding and bag searches against the mindset of their patrons. "Movies is family stuff. We don't want to think that taking our families to the movies is a dangerous thing," said Clarke of Critical Intervention Services.

A British video on YouTube offers a spoof on security measures that movie theaters could take to find annoying cell phones. It shows popcorn boxes going through x-ray machines and dogs sniffing moviegoers.

And while that video is a jest, safety at places where people gather is serious business and this Colorado tragedy will have the security industry looking for lessons to be learned.

"Those are turned into tactics and plans and different ways to look at things," says Clarke. "To hopefully prevent the next event."

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