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Bill Warren says his theaters are safe even if his driving isn't

01/17/2014 1:00 PM

01/17/2014 1:29 PM

WICHITA — Bill Warren says his Warren Theatres are safe, and he doesn't see a time when he'd ever institute metal detectors or similar measures.

"No, not really," he says. "I could see that in high crime areas."

Warren says he knows the owners of the Cobb Theatres chain, which owns the Florida theater where the most recent shooting occurred.

"I think what happened there was a fluke," he says. "Obviously, someone just snapped."

Warren says there are already many obvious security measures he takes at his theaters along with a lot of measures people don't necessarily see.

"I'm very comfortable with the security that we have with the theaters," he says. "To be honest with you, most theaters, you'll never see stuff like that."

Warren says he expected a reporter's inquiry to be about a different criminal issue.

"I thought you were calling about the speeding ticket I got last night," he says.

Warren was on East 13th Street not far from his east-side theater when he was stopped for doing 51 miles per hour in a zone marked 40 miles per hour.

The policeman asked Warren why he was speeding.

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Carrie Rengers joined The Eagle's Business team in 2002 despite her inability to even balance a checkbook. Fortunately for her, and readers, her Have You Heard? blog is about business scoops and contains lots of news but almost no math.

A Michigan native, Carrie’s father was quite tragically transferred to Little Rock, Ark., in the middle of her sophomore year of high school. To make matters worse, her parents put her in a girls school. She recovered, though, and went on to enjoy being an English major at Hendrix College (the Harvard of the Ozarks, don’t you know). She worked for the weekly Arkansas Business and the statewide daily Arkansas Democrat-Gazette before moving to Wichita to be with her favorite writer and cook, husband Joe Stumpe.

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