CinemaCon: Keanu Reeves Fans Behind 2016 Evacuation; New Security Procedures In Place

Last year, Liongate’s screening of ‘Now You See Me 2’ was abruptly halted about 10 minutes into the show after Keanu Reeve fans left backpacks unattended, leading to this year’s beefed-up security.

As CinemaCon opened Monday in Las Vegas, its managing director Mitch Neuhauser announced new security procedures, including bag checks during which a dog named Farrah will sniff out any potential trouble. 

“While we don’t envision a situation at all, we are instituting new security this year,” Neuhauser said.

The exhibitors convention initiated new procedures because of an incident that happened last year when Liongate’s screening of Now You See Me 2 was abruptly halted about 10 minutes into the show and the audience was asked to evacuate due to a security threat.

“When Keanu Reeves left the stage, two delegates hoped to get autographs and didn’t return promptly — and left their backpacks,” Neuhauser said of last year’s incident. “Once that happened, the dominos fell and we did what we thought was the right thing to do.

Source: hollywood (technology)