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Deadly Shooting Prompts Theaters To Change Policies


UPDATED: Friday July 20, 2012 6:37 PM

Change was arriving at central Ohio movie theaters just hours after at least 12 people were killed and 71 others were shot at a movie theater in Colorado.

AMC Theatres announced on Friday that those wearing costumes would not be allowed inside theaters across the country.

AMC Lenox patron Paden Frank said that he purchased his tickets for “The Dark Knight Rises” a month ago. The Colorado shooting occurred during a screening of the film.

“I really wanted to see this,” Frank said.

Frank said that his movie experience was not going to be what he expected because of Friday morning’s Colorado shooting.

“It’s horrible,” Frank said. “You’re supposed to go to movies to have fun. At least they got him.”

Lt. Anthony Pfeifer of the Clinton Township police, which patrols the AMC Lenox along Olentangy River Road, said that he wanted to see more security at the theater.

“Talk with the officers working here, tell them to be a little more vigilant, maybe do a little more perimeter checks than normal, check the outside doors, make sure the doors are a little more secure,” Pfeifer said.

Tim Warner, the president and CEO of Cinemark, which owns the theater at which the Colorado shooting occurred, said that he was deeply saddened about Friday’s events.

“Obviously, this person made a well-organized plan and had an assault weapon that would’ve overpowered any security that we would’ve had,” Warner said. “I mean, he’s obviously (a) very deranged gunman that had access to very high powered weapons.”

Columbus police said that they had already placed special duty officers inside many movie theaters in central Ohio.

Police said that they were trained and ready to handle mass shooting incidents.

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