As news of the Aurora, Co. shooting during a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” continues to spread and sink in, movie theaters across the country are rolling out increased security measures. In major cities like New York and Los Angeles, police departments will have a “heavy presence” in theaters through the weekend, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Theater chains are taking things into their own hands as well. AMC Entertainment has banned costumes and fake weapons altogether, and Regal has announced that purses and small baggs will be checked. A representative for Southern California’s ArcLight Cinemas says that the company has beefed up security at all its locations.
“At this time, our show schedules circuit-wide will not change,” said AMC in a statement. “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.”