AMC Entertainment reacted to the tragic shooting at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado by issuing the following press release regarding its theaters:
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.
According to reports, the suspected shooter, James Holmes was dressed up in ballistic gear and called himself “The Joker,” a comic book character who is an enemy of Batman.
The Associated Press is reporting that of the 71 people were shot at the Century 16 movie theater, 12 were killed and 59 are being treated for injuries. 10 Bodies are still inside the movie theater.