Regal Cinema Issues Statement After Local Theater Arrest

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WESTLAKE, Ohio — Regal Entertainment Group, which operates Regal Cinema theater locations, issued a statement following the arrest of a man at a local theater.

Police say Scott A. Smith, 37, brought a gun, ammunition, gas mask and survival gear to the Regal Cinema at Crocker Park over the weekend. They say a theater manager and a security guard noticed Smith acting strangely inside the theater, and had arrived an hour early to a 10 p.m. showing of the latest “Batman” movie “The Dark Knight.”

Smith was arrested for gun, ammunition and weapons possession following the incident, which comes only three weeks after a gunman opened fire on movie goers watching “The Dark Knight” in Aurora, Colorado.

In response to the incident, Regal Entertainment Group issued the following statement:

We are profoundly saddened by the tragedy that occurred at a Denver area theatre and are concerned for the victims and their families. The security and safety of our guests and staff is always our number one priority.  As is our custom, we will continue to monitor the situation and adjust our security needs as necessary. In the meantime, our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families.

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