Security Increased at Theaters after Shooting
New York police placed officers at several theaters across the city as a way to prevent another deadly shooting from happening. Ticket takers in Washington were tasked to search moviegoers’ bags and purses. A large theater chain in the United States banned its customers from wearing costumes or masks.
Most of the theaters beefed up their security during the showings of The Dark Knight Rises after the tragic shooting in Colorado. Some people were afraid to go to the movies after the shooting rampage that left 12 dead and dozens injured.
Theaters improved their security after a gunman wearing a gas mask shot at moviegoers at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado. Police Chief Dan Oates said that extra security was placed Friday night at four theaters showing the film in Aurora.
In Washington, Homeland Security Department held a conference call with officials from the entertainment, commercial, and shopping mall industries in order to come up with security measures needed to prevent another shooting from happening in the future.
The National Association of Theater Owners stated that it was working with law enforcement agencies and is in the process of reviewing its security protocols. It didn’t share details of any precautions taken in the wake of the shooting in Aurora.
AMC Theaters, which is the second largest theater chain in the United States, said that it will not allow people to wear masks or costumes into its theaters. Fans of superhero and sci-fi movies usually dress up as their favorite characters.
New York City’s police commissioner said that the gunman in Colorado painted his hair red and called himself as the Joker, Batman’s archrival. But Aurora police didn’t confirm this information. The New York Police Department said that officers were posted at 40 theaters across the city that were showing the movie.