Tallahassee, Florida- July 20, 2012
The parking lot at Governor's Square theater was nearly full by noon today, but there are some avid moviegoers who are now skeptical about visiting the movies.
Several area residents say the shooting in Colorado has them thinking twice about going to the movies. Not only do they not want to go to midnight showings anymore ... Some say, it almost makes them not want to go at all.
Says Tallahassee resident Steve Parker about the Batman movie: "But, I have older ones that they've been asking to go see it. Now, it makes you say, no."
Parker says hearing about a gunman in Aurora, Colorado opening fire in a midnight movie premier of "Dark Knight Rises" concerns him.
"You want to make sure there's metal detectors there and there's people patting people down. It makes you want to stay at home and rent movies from home and not let your kids experience the same experience you had when you were a child."
Says another Tallahassee resident Marie Sapronetti: "I saw it on the news and I just couldn't believe it. That was the first thing that was on the news. I was just like, there's no way that happened."
Authorities say 24-year-old James Holmes killed 12 people and injured more than 70. Reports say some moviegoers thought Holmes -- who was dressed in all black and wore body armor -- was a part of the show.
Says Tommy Jones, a Crawfordville resident: "I think I'm going to wait now. That type of thing scares me. I'd like to take my kids to see stuff like that, but, not if I'm going to have that fear that something like that could happen."
Residents say it's sad to say, but, they believe that movie theaters should start thinking about putting metal detectors up and hiring around-the-clock security. However, both AMC and Regal Theatres in Tallahassee already have security on site.