Cinemark is Banning Large Bags in Theaters for ‘Safety and Security’

Keep your bag in the car if you’re taking in a movie at one of the country’s largest theater chains.

Starting Thursday, February 22, Cinemark is banning large size bags to increase “the safety and security of our guests and employees.”

According to the company, any bags or packages measuring larger than 12″ x 12″ x 6″ will not be permitted into the theatre.

Cinemark also says it has the right to inspect any bags or packages.

The new policy could create problems for parents who like to sneak snacks into the theater for their kids to save money.

The company says there are some exceptions.

Diaper bags and bags containing medical equipment are still allowed.


  • Judy Potorski

    I would have no problem paying $2.00 for a bottle of water, however I was there two weeks ago and it cost me $4.00 for each bottled water plus tax. Maybe the Cinemark would consider its customers and their wallets if they want them to return.

    • MisterPL

      Maybe theaters don’t make enough money from ticket sales so they’re forced by studios to rely on outrageous prices for concessions. Did you ever think of that, Judy? No, of course not. You only think of yourself.

  • Pfft !!!

    The right to inspect any bags or purses?? I don’t frickin’ think so Cinemark – you’re not the TSA! What a joke, there’s always a way to smuggle something in if so desired, like we did with bottles of beer in the inside pockets of our jean jackets in high school! Wanna ban them too? This accomplishes nothing geniuses.

  • joan

    (CNN)Here is a look at the July 20, 2012, movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado. Twelve people were killed and 70 injured. On July 16, 2015, James Holmes was found guilty on all 165 counts against him: 24 first-degree murder, 140 attempted murder and one count of possession or control of an explosive or incendiary device. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

    Fatalities: (12 total)
    Jonathan T. Blunk, 26
    Alexander J. Boik, 18
    Air Force Staff Sgt Jesse E. Childress, 29
    Gordon W. Cowden, 51
    Jessica Ghawi, 24
    Petty Officer 3rd Class John Thomas Larimer, 27
    Matthew R. McQuinn, 27
    Micayla C. Medek, 23
    Veronica Moser-Sullivan, 6
    Alex M. Sullivan, 27
    Alexander C. Teves, 24
    Rebecca Ann Wingo, 32

  • Conroy

    Former Cinemark employee here, we weren’t allowed to let people in with large bags of any kind because of snacks. This has been Cinemark policy for forever, this is a publicity stunt.

    • MisterPL

      It’s not a publicity stunt. It’s leveraging a tragedy to get theater owners to enforce existing policies that drive profits. Cinemark gains nothing from this “publicity.” If anything it turns moviegoers away.

  • Tebow

    didnt you all know the big bag is where a crazed person will store there weapon to harm all of us movie goer’s! lol. Such a fine tuned way to try and make more profit from the already over priced snack and drinks at the theater. I say we all just boycott Cinemark and save money in our own pockets and relax at home with free movies on Amazon, Netflix or a jail broken firestick.

  • Lloyd Schmucatelli

    Of course, security “theater” at the theater. How fitting.

    I want to start a movement to ban liberal thinking and stupidity.

    • MisterPL

      You have enough trouble starting a bowel movement, I’m sure. Take it easy before you give yourself a nosebleed.

  • Are You Kidding!?!

    Profits are down. We must stop this wave of unauthorized snacks of being brought in.
    Initiate Security Theater.

  • sick of it

    So they weren’t concerned about everyone’s safety until now? There you go, a couple government supplied “mass shootings” and all of a sudden reinforcing the idea of a police state is the cool thing to do.

  • mopar driver

    This is a joke , So a “bag” rule is going to stop a raging psycho with a gun ? More the theater is protecting itself and trying to profit with less snuck in foods and free advertising from this “announcement ” .

  • trucker

    The Aurora Colorado shooter choose Cinemark in 2012 because the company insists on a “gun free” policy.
    Because of this more people have DIED in Cinemark theaters from mass shootings then ALL OTHERS COMBINED.

  • ThoseAren'tBuoys (@tbadd21)

    I applaud any and all companies and/or private individuals who take it upon themselves to protect the safety of the public. Now, imagine if there was a way to choose an individual into public office and have him/her represent the will of the masses! ………ohh, wait… VOTE!!!! @theDLCC

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