The massive theater change has banned masks and costumes from theaters in the wake of the Colorado tragedy.
Source: Various Press Releases
AMC Theaters released a statement about the tragic shooting during a Dark Knight Rises midnight screening in Aurora, Colorado this morning. The theater does not intend to change its movie schedule, but will be beefing up security and banning masks and costumes from showings. It is unknown whether this new policy will be permanent, effectively ending the tradition of cosplaying at movie premieres. Here is the statement:
AMC Theatres is deeply saddened by the Aurora tragedy. Movie going is part of our social fabric and this senseless act shakes us to our core. We're reinforcing our security procedures with our theatre teams, which we cannot discuss in detail for obvious, safety reasons. Local law enforcement agencies, our landlords and their and our local security teams are stepping up nationwide to ensure we provide the safest environment possible for our guests. We couldn't be more grateful for their collective support.
At this time, our show schedules circuit-wide will not change. We will not allow any guests into our theatres in costumes that make other guests feel uncomfortable and we will not permit face-covering masks or fake weapons inside our buildings. If guests wish to exchange or refund any tickets, we will honor our existing policy and do as our guests wish. We are taking necessary precautions to ensure our guests who wish to enjoy a movie this weekend can do so with as much peace of mind as possible in these circumstances.
The tragic incident, which resulted in the deaths of twelve people and the injury of many more, occurred at a Century theater, part of the Cinemark family of theaters. Cinemark has yet to release a statement on their future policies, but they did release this short statement earlier today:
Cinemark is deeply saddened about this tragic incident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and loved ones, our employees, and the Aurora community. We are grateful for the quick and professional reaction of all local law enforcement and emergency responders.
Cinemark is working closely with the Aurora Police Department and local law enforcement.
So far, other than the Paris premiere, no Dark Knight screenings have been canceled on a large scale. Warner Bros. has, however, pulled all television and radio ads for the movie, and adjusted some of the violent imagery related to the movie on their website out of respect for the victims.
Written or Contributed by: Jude Terror