AMC Bans Costumes in Theaters Following Tragedy

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CLEVELAND — Police patrols are being beefed up at movie theaters throughout Cleveland in light of the movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colorado.

Valley View Police Lieutenant Glenn Dugas says his department received a call from the Cinemark theater Friday morning, requesting additional security throughout the weekend.

“I would anticipate we also may add an additional officer, or an officer on the road, to address any security or concerns that people or patrons there might have,” Dugas said.

As movie patrons arrived at the theater Friday afternoon, they did notice an increased number of police patrols inside and throughout the area. But despite the tragedy, many say the shooting is not preventing them from venturing out to see the much-anticipated Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises.

“Anywhere you go has the potential for danger. So you just have to keep living your life, but it does give you pause to think, but it doesn’t stop you from going about your day,” according to Gina Goodwin, of Valley View, who brought her son to see the movie.

The fear of a copycat movie theater shooter has local law enforcement concerned.  The Colorado shooter, James Holmes, apparently entered the theater through a back exit door before opening fire, something police say Cinemark is very aware of.

“Generally, the Cinemark is very good about making sure all those external emergency doors are secured,” said Dugan. “But that’s certainly something else that we will be paying extra attention to this weekend and in the near future here.”

AMC Theatres is also taking action following the tragedy. In a statement released Friday evening, the company announced a ban on costumes in its theaters.

“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,” AMC stated in the released. “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.”

— reporter Lindsay Buckingham contributed to this report.

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