Movie Theater Security Measures Increase Nationwide

By KBJR News 1

July 20, 2012 Updated Jul 20, 2012 at 7:25 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)---The shooting in Colorado has raised concerns about security in movie theaters across the nation, and here in the Northland.

Theaters in Duluth and Superior are boosting security measures following this tragic event.

Marcus Theaters managers say the safety and security of guests is their utmost concern and priority.

That's why they, like many theaters across the nation, will be adding additional security this weekend.

Security patrols from the General Security Services Corporation will be patrolling the theater, parking lots, emergency exits and surrounding areas.

Officials with the Duluth police department say their officers go through emergency training each month to be fully prepared in the event of a random act of violence or emergency here in the Northland.

Law enforcement agencies also team up with fire, rescue and area hospitals twice each year for "mock emergency events" in which life threatening situations are staged.

In these exercises, the victims are played by actors, giving officers and first responders an opportunity to train on correct response techniques.

Meanwhile, movie goers we spoke with Friday are still buying tickets to movies, including the Dark Night Rises, but many are left with mixed emotions.

"It's really sad, I feel bad for the peoples' families, and everyone that had to be there and go through it," Jack Tieberg said.

"It gives you time to pause and think about what can happen, and that there is people who can do that type of thing," Caroline Tieberg said.

"I mean you don't hear about things like that up here too often," Travis Hayes said.

"It just seems that people are more tolerant, friendly and courteous here," Mike Hayes said.

Carlo Petrick, the Marcus Theatre spokesperson responded to the violence in Colorado saying, "These senseless, random acts of violence by disturbed individuals can happen anywhere, but have never occurred in a U-S movie theater in their 110 year history."

The spokesman says, "We will take appropriate measures to have our security precautions in place today, and every day."

All showings of Dark Knight and all other motion pictures at Marcus Theaters will go on as scheduled.

Jennifer Walch
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