CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Movie theaters say safety is their top priority and they’re reviewing security measures in the wake of the murders at a Colorado movie theater where 12 people died and dozens were wounded by a lone gunman.
“We are profoundly saddened by the tragedy that occurred at a Denver area theater and are concerned for the victims and their families.
The security and safety of our guests and staff is always our number one priority.
As is our custom, we will continue to monitor the situation and adjust our security needs as necessary. In the meantime, our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families,” read a statement from Regal Entertainment Group.
“We are terribly saddened by the random act of violence in Aurora and our thoughts are with the victims and their families.
For the safety and security of our guests and associates, we are actively working with local law enforcement in communities throughout the nation and under the circumstances we are reaching out to all of our theaters to review our safety and security procedures.
Being a safe place in the community for all our guests is a top priority at AMC and we take that responsibility very seriously,” said a statement from AMC Theaters.
NewsChannel 36 came across Amber Brown on Friday taking her two daughters to a movie at the AMC 22 movie theater off South Boulevard. She says security isn’t something easily visible there.
There are ushers and an armed security guard who makes regular rounds through the parking lot.
Still, Brown says given the murders in Colorado, theater security should be handled more like airport security. She would have no problem with people searching her bag.
“They could even put up metal detectors for all I care as long as my children are safe at an outing that should be fun and leisurely,” Brown said.
Other movie goers say a tragic but rare incident shouldn't warrant major changes.
"I'm going to keep going to the movies; I don't have any problem,” said movie-goer Robert Isaman.
“The security is fine and there’s nothing major to change,” said parent and movie-goer Bette Brome.
“This guy went in there and Lord knows what was going on in his mind,” said Brome