NYPD increases security at movie theaters
In light of the Colorado shootings, movie theaters are stepping up security. In fact, AMC theaters have outlawed anyone from wearing masks inside their buildings. As YNN's Dean Meminger shows us, the increased police presence isn't deterring folks from seeing the film.
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NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Keeping a watch on the Batman movie and moviegoers, NYPD officers will be on alert looking out for any signs of trouble or anyone trying to copycat the Colorado movie massacre.
"We are just concerned someone perhaps seeking notoriety will attempt to do something similar. So we're doing this to raise the comfort level of those headed to the movies," said Ray Kelly, NYPD Police Commissioner.
The commissioner said two officers will be stationed at the 40 theaters across the five boroughs that are showing "The Dark Knight Rises". People that are checking out the flick don't seem too concerned, but they still welcome the extra security.
"I don't expect worldwide shootings over this at movie theaters. I'm just going to enjoy the movie, that's it," said one moviegoer.
Another moviegoer said, "You don't want to think about something like that, especially in the dark, you don't know what's going on."
Others said that the Colorado shooting is another sad reminder of the danger of guns in the wrong hands.
"You always hear some crazy shooter comes into a place you're supposed to be safe. You can never really be fully safe in the end," said a moviegoer.
Tyler Dean Flores who stars in "The Dark Knight Rises" as an orphan, brought his family out to see the movie on Friday. He said the shooting is a horrible tragedy that's almost unbelievable.
"I really felt bad, my heart goes out to those families," said Flores. "It's just so insane. I can't believe somebody would do that to some innocent people."
NYPD officers will more than likely be at stations at theaters throughout the weekend, but the commissioner said the threat of any violence will be evaluated on a day to day basis.