Cinemark theater in Greeley has four theaters showing "The Dark Knight Rises."
After Thursday night's shootings in Aurora, some Greeley moviegoers were a
little hesitant to attend Friday's showing of the movie. Bruce Branath of
LaSalle said he had been planning to see the movie on Friday all week.
"I called the theater to see if they were showing the movies," he said. "I was kind of hesitant, but I figure in a way we have to keep going with our normal lives."
Movie theaters across the country have banned costumes. Cinemark said it will not allow people wearing masks in the theater.
Madison Stanley of Greeley said it was a spur-of-the-moment decision for her to see the noon showing Friday.
"I'm a little nervous to be honest," she said. "I don't think it will happen again, but just being in the same setting makes me nervous."
A few patrons made it out to see the film in the early evening, though as a whole, the theater was quiet.
Ben Morgan, 23, came to see "The Dark Knight Rises" with a few friends, but he admitted that it's difficult to overlook the events in Aurora.
"Greeley isn't Aurora, but Greeley's gotten bad lately, too," Morgan said, after getting out of a showing around 5:30 p.m. Friday. "There's been a lot of violence in town recently. I didn't expect anything like that in Colorado."
Tickets that were purchased in advance online may not be refunded but the theater can issue rain checks, according to Cinemark. Tickets purchased at the box office on the same day may be refunded.
Cinemark Holdings Inc., the chain that owns the theater where the shooting happened, and Greeley's theater, told the Associated Press it was working closely with Aurora-area law enforcement.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and loved ones, our employees and the Aurora community," the company said.
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