Friday, July 20, 2012

Colorado Springs theaters request police presence

Posted By on Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 4:08 PM

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A statement from spokeswoman Barbara Miller says that the Colorado Springs Police Department "has received calls from various Movie Theatres requesting 'off duty' officers," and that, "arrangements are being made at this time to assist them." They're also increasing patrol checks in related areas and jointly discussing extra-duty officers and safety precautions.

Beyond this, we reached out to every theater showing The Dark Knight Rises to see if their plans had been altered in light of the shootings in Aurora. Several have not responded yet, and two referred us back to their corporate offices, but Lowell Karl, manager of Chapel Hills 15, said that all is as planned.

"We don't have anything different planned in the wake of the events in Aurora last night," he writes in an e-mail. "I spoke with CSPD and the head of mall security and they said that it appeared to be such an isolated incident, they weren't planning on having extra units patrolling, but rather they wanted us to keep an eye out for any suspicious behavior. We have 11:15pm shows tonight and tomorrow that, as of right now, are going to happen as scheduled unless I hear differently from my home office."

The Gazette reports that Cinemark 16, on Powers Boulevard, and Tinseltown "have said no masks or face paint are allowed in theaters."

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