Masks, Fake Weapons Banned in AMC Theaters

The company also confirmed it will be increasing security efforts

By Sarah Grieco and Chris Chan
|  Friday, Jul 20, 2012  |  Updated 4:33 PM PDT
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NBC 7s Chris Chan talks with moviegoers and local theater companies like Regal Cinemas about concerns about security following the massacre in Aurora, Colorado.

NBC 7s Chris Chan talks with moviegoers and local theater companies like Regal Cinemas about concerns about security following the massacre in Aurora, Colorado.

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Following a deadly massacre in a Colorado movie theater, AMC Theatres issued a statement saying that masks and fake weapons will not be permitted inside its auditoriums.

“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,” said the statement.

The company also confirmed it will be increasing security efforts at all their theaters across the country.

“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,” said the statement.

Get more coverage in our special section: The "Dark Knight" Massacre

Regal Entertainment Group also issued a short statement, saying they will adjust their security needs as necessary.

Local officers are increasing their presences around San Diego theaters but will not have officers in the actual shows, according to officials.

San Diego film goers streamed in to local theaters to watch “Dark Knight Rises” despite the act of violence at a midnight screening in Colorado resulting in the death of 12 people.

Movie goers at Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium told NBC 7 San Diego that they were very excited to see the film.

“I guess it’s just a weird, isolated incident,” said Madeleine Shopoff, who went to see the final installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman.

“It is terrible that it happened…but not everyone’s going to be throwing gas canisters and killing people at the movie theater,” said film goer James McGuffy. “At least I hope not.”
 

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