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Sorry, snack sneakers – theater chain bans large bags at movies

Large bags and purses will be banned at Cinemark theaters starting Thursday, the chain has announced.
Large bags and purses will be banned at Cinemark theaters starting Thursday, the chain has announced. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram

People seeking to sneak their own snacks into Cinemark movie theaters will have to get more creative.

The chain has announced that, starting Thursday, bags or packages larger than 12x12x6 inches will not be permitted inside theaters. The policy, posted to the company’s website, does allow exceptions for medical equipment bags and diaper bags.

Cinemark says it took the step to “enhance the safety and security of guests and employees.” The chain notes that it does not provide places to store bags and reserves the right to inspect all bags and packages.

The move didn’t exactly impress moviegoers posting to social media.

Cinemark, headquartered in Plano, Texas, has 533 theaters with 5,957 screens across the United States and Latin America, according to its website. The chain is the third largest in the U.S.

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