El Paso ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Screenings Will Not Feature Extra Security After Tragic Shooting
After the ‘Dark Knight Rises’ shooting that left 12 people dead and another 50 injured, theaters across the country are addressing security concerns as sold-out crowds return to theaters for the weekend.
In New York City, where ‘Dark Knight Rises’ screenings have been sold out for weeks, additional security personnel will be on hand to ensure the safety of audiences. According to the Los Angeles Times, numerous security guards were on duty at the AMC theater at the Universal Citywalk though neither they, nor AMC, would go on the record about specific plans for weekend security.
Here in El Paso, at least one area theatre chain will not have extra personnel on hand specifically for crowd safety this weekend. The Cinemark corporation, which runs Tinseltown, Cinemark West, and Cinemark Cielo Visat 14, has not mandated extra security, according to an article in the El Paso Times .
While the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado is being called an isolated event, The National Association of Theater Owners said in a statement that its members are "working closely with local law enforcement agencies and reviewing security procedures."
If you're planning to attend a screening this weekend, just be aware of your surroundings and remain vigilant. It’s important not to be scared but it’s also important to be safe.