In the wake of Colorado shootings
Area Marcus Theatres taking precautions but will show 'Batman'
Corporate officials from Milwaukee-based Marcus Theatres said they would show the latest installment of the Batman movie series in the wake of deadly shootings in a Denver suburb.
Marcus Theatres’ corporate officials confirmed Friday morning, July 20, that the latest Batman film, The Dark Night Rises, would be shown at the company’s Pickerington movie complex, as well as all other Marcus-owned theaters.
“We are saddened by the tragedy in Aurora, Colo., this morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, the associates at the Century Theater and the Aurora community,” Carlo Petrick, Marcus Theatres corporate marketing and communications manager, said in a statement released just prior to noon July 20.
“These senseless, random acts of violence, by disturbed individuals, can happen anywhere, but have never occurred in a U.S. movie theatre in its 110-year history. Safety and security of our guests and associates is always a priority concern. We will take appropriate measures to have our security precautions in place today and every day.
“All showings of Dark Knight and all other motion pictures at all Marcus Theatres will go on as scheduled.”
The Pickerington movie complex had 15 showings of The Dark Night Rises slated for July 20, with start times ranging from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Prior to the corporate statement, Alan Zetting, general manager of the Marcus Cinema in Pickerington, said he couldn’t directly address the matter because of corporate policy.
He did, however, say the local theater was aware of the situation and customer safety always is a top priority.
“We are open for business as usual,” he said. “We always are concerned about our guest safety, and we are taking steps to ensure our guests’ safety.”
National news outlets on Friday, July 20, reported a masked gunman entered a midnight screening of The Dark Night Rises in the Century 16 movie complex in Aurora, Colo., hurled a teargas canister into the audience and began shooting into the crowded theater.
Initial reports indicated 12 people were killed, and about 38 others were injured.
The suspect was identified as James Holmes, a 24-year-old American. He reportedly was carrying a knife, a rifle and a handgun when arrested without incident outside, and one other gun was recovered from the theater. The gunman also was wearing a bulletproof vest.