UPDATED 7.20.2012 by Julie Montanaro
Tallahassee movie theaters showing Dark Knight Rises continued with business as usual Friday. They are running their full slate of opening day shows.
Moviegoers say they are horrified by what happened, but it won't stop them from seeing Dark Knight Rises.
"I think it's absolutely insane," Justin Abram said as he stepped away from the ticket window. "I love Batman. I've seen all the trilogies, but to go to a theater and do those kinds of things is terrible."
Abram met his friends for a morning matinee. News of the deadly shooting in Colorado didn't stop them from being among the first in Tallahassee to see the Dark Knight Rises.
"It's created quite a name for itself, this movie. There are just crazy people out there, but I think that was a one time thing," Abram said.
A dozen people were killed in an Aurora, Colorado theater. 24 year old James Holmes is accused of opening fire during the midnight showing of the new Batman film.
"I was sad, actually extremely sad. I didn't like what I saw," Eric Feliciano said as he and his son headed into a theater in Tallahassee.
"It didn't stop you from coming today though?"
"No, I figured it would be alright to go during a matinee and we'd be fine just going to a matinee as early as possible. i was kinda hoping to see some police though," Feliciano said.
Neither Regal Cinemas at Governor's Square or AMC Theaters at Tallahassee Mall would comment on whether they intended to add extra security. On facebook, AMC Theatres indicated its theaters are reviewing safety and security procedures and Regal Cinemas said it is monitoring the situation and will adjust security needs as necessary.
Forensic and police psychologist Patrick Cook says fears in the wake of the mass shooting are normal, but copy cats are rare.
"With this movie there is a kind of a cult following. I know there's a lot of fanfare about it. There are a lot of people dressed up in costumes acting out various parts to get attention when they go to these places. So you can't say it wouldn't happen, but it's not very likely to happen statistically," Cook said. "It's probably safe, but you can't ever guarantee that people are going to be safe from potential acts of random violence."
Both the Tallahassee Police Department and the Leon County Sheriff's Office say they already have off-duty officers who work at the theaters during peak times. They said they would provide more if the theaters request them.
Tallahassee, Florida - July 20, 2012 - Noon -
Most people heard the shocking news when they got up on the morning of July 20th. Twelve people died in the shooting at a showing of the new Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, Colorado. Some people in our area are now rethinking their plans to see this movie, at least on opening day.
The Dark Knight Rises is playing at Governor Square's Regal Theatre and at AMC Theatres at Tallahassee Mall. Both are planning to continue with their scheduled showings of the movie today.
There are 14 shows scheduled today, 27 more at AMC. Managers at both theaters refused to comment about whether they'd be beefing up security tonight. Tallahassee Police say they already have off duty officers who work at the theaters at peak times. He says they'll add more if the theaters request them. Eyewitness News spoke with movie goers some college students and a father and son who were coming to morning matinees. Everyone is sickened by what happened but say it did not stop them from coming, and they are not particularly concerned about it happening again.
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