AMC bans masks in wake of movie theater shooting

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by Associated Press, KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on July 20, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 20 at 5:20 PM

Movie giant AMC Theatres says it's reviewing security procedures after a shooting early Friday at a Colorado movie theater that killed 12 people and wounded nearly 60 others.

The Kansas City, Missouri-based company issued this statement:

AMC Theatres is deeply saddened by the Aurora tragedy. Movie going is part of our social fabric and this senseless act shakes us to our core. We're reinforcing our security procedures with our theatre teams, which we cannot discuss in detail for obvious, safety reasons. Local law enforcement agencies, our landlords and their and our local security teams are stepping up nationwide to ensure we provide the safest environment possible for our guests. We couldn't be more grateful for their collective support.
 
At this time, our show schedules circuit-wide will not change. 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. If guests wish to exchange or refund any tickets, we will honor our existing policy and do as our guests wish. 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.

A suspect was arrested outside the theater near a car after the shooting at a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" in the Denver suburb.

AMC says it is actively working with local law enforcement in communities across the country to make sure its facilities are safe. It says on its website it has more than 300 movie houses, making it the nation's second-largest theater chain.

In Seattle, the manager of Regal Meridian 16 at 7th and Pike, off-duty officers are hired for security as a standard practice. The officers are either uniformed or undercover.

Regal, based in Knoxville, Tennessee, issued this 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.

In Seattle, there is no directive for SPD to add extra patrols at theaters. But the department said it plans to increase the visibility of officers to help make moviegoers feel safer.

Additional reporting by KING 5's Linda Brill.

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