Theaters Ramp Up Security in Response to Shooting – Yahoo! Finance

Theaters Ramp Up Security in Response to Shooting – Yahoo! Finance.

The Dark Knight Rises Shootings

The Dark Knight Rises Shootings

They should apply the same level of security at Movie Theater entrances as they do at airports and body scanners and pat-downs. This is insanity.

Movie-going may never be the same.

Since the days of silent and black and white films, theaters have always been a place for Americans to escape – from economic downturns, the stresses of war, and even from the heat.
But the tragic shooting at a movie theater outside Denver early Friday morning may forever change the carefree way movie fans buy buckets of popcorn and pick their seats. The shooter who opened fire on a theater packed with avid Batman fans took advantage of excitement for high-octane special effects to delay the reaction to his horrific actions.
The big questions: How will this change theater chains security protocol? (Will we see metal detectors, like at the airport?) Will theaters change their approach to midnight screenings, which usually draw the most avid fans? What about costumes? Fans attending midnight screenings, especially those for comic book superhero films, often dress inspired by characters from the movie. (Police say the suspect was wearing a bullet-proof vest, riot helmet, and was carrying a gas mask rifle, and handgun when he was arrested. Would someone with that kind of gear been apprehended sooner if no one else was wearing Batman gear?)
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