Updated 07/20/2012 03:55 PM
Moviegoers Wonder if They'll See Security Changes After Deadly Shooting
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Christopher Johnson and his 12-year-old son, Julian, love the Batman movies. In the midst of the excitement of coming to watch the latest in the series, there was the thought of what happened today in Colorado.
"I really believe they were the actions of someone who wasn't thinking with a level mind. Generally, movie theaters are safe place to be or go to. I feel sorry for the families."
Christopher wonders if what happened in Colorado could mean security changes for all of us ahead.
"People want to believe it's a very safe place to go and it should be... we just come here to have fun and watch movies. I expect to see a lot more security."
April Roods expects she might see some changes too. She came to the movie with her six-year-old son, and said she worries about copycats, but wouldn't stay home because of it.
"You can't live your life in fear. You can't live like that. That's no way to be, but I'm definitely going to be a little more concerned and pay more attention to people around me,” Roods said.
Those we talked to say they just don't feel unsafe.
"This theater I don't feel uncomfortable with. I've come at night and during the day and they have quite a bit of security already," said Mary Kirkpatrick, Gates.
COP Security Inc. provides that security for Tinseltown. The company's vice president, Dale Barton, told us over the phone, his armed security guards are all retired or off duty law enforcement officers.
"The most important skill a police officer has is his interpersonal skills. We have an environment where we establish a safe and friendly environment. It's something where you're constantly visually monitoring things and looking for things that could be a possible problematic issue,” Barton said.
Barton says this is all still unfolding, so the movie theatre companies have not reached out to him to ask for any security changes yet, but he said they would work with them with any request.
In the meantime, moviegoers say for now the tragedy in Aurora won't change their plans.
"We're just here to see a movie, so we're not really worried about anything,” said Aaron Shore.