Today’s theatre massacre shocked those interested in seeing The Dark Knight Rises this weekend – aka everybody. Still, screening schedules will not be affected.
All AMC Theaters’ showings will go on as planned. The company owned the Century 16 theater in Aurora, Colorado where James Holmes opened fire on the audience at a midnight screening on Friday morning, killing 12 people and injuring 59 others.
A statement from the theater company confirms the news.
“At this time, our show schedules circuit-wide will not change,” the statement reads. “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.”
According to the statement, security measures will be heighted, however, no screenings will be changed.
“We’re reinforcing our security procedures with our theatre teams, which we cannot discuss in detail for obvious, safety reasons,” the statement continued.
Throughout the country, law enforcement officials, theater managers, and local security teams will be working with AMC Theaters’ management. Safety is a top priority and the company “couldn’t be more grateful for their collective support” in order to ensure safety for moviegoers.
With today’s blockbusters making one third to half of their overall profit in their opening weekend, the tragedy is no doubt a major blow for Christopher Nolan’s Batman finale.
Anyone that pre-ordered tickets with AMC Theaters will be allowed to return or exchange them for a later date.
“If guests wish to exchange or refund any tickets, we will honor our existing policy and do as our guests wish,” the company said.
However, AMC ensures patrons worried about security that they will have “as much peace of mind as possible in these circumstances.”
In addition to the update, the company extended their regrets and condolences for those involved in the incident and their families.
“AMC Theatres is deeply saddened by the Aurora tragedy,” AMC rep said. “Movie going is part of our social fabric and this senseless act shakes us to our core.”