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Local movie theater heightens security in wake of Colorado shooting


ROCHESTER (KTTC) -- A local movie theater heightened security after the early morning mass killing in Aurora, Colorado.

12 people are dead and 59 others injured after a gunman opened fire during the midnight showing of "Dark Knight Rises."

Director of Marketing for Paragon, Niki Wilson, says that all its theaters have heightened security, including the Chateau 14 in Rochester.

Although Paragon theaters already have security measures in place, this tragedy has them reminding staff to double check exit doors to make sure they're closed at all times, be on alert of suspicious behavior, and search backpacks.

Locals have mixed feelings about attending the movies right now.

Eva Hagel, a mother in Rochester, says, "We usually go for the free movies for them during the summertime, and it's during the daytime, but yeah I think it's going to be awhile before we go back to a movie theater and feel safe."

"I live in Rochester. I feel like it's a very safe city. I've gone to a couple of midnight premieres here since I moved here and they've been really fun," said Alison Langer of Rochester.

CineMagic Theatres released a statement to the NewsCenter that said, "I think today every mall, school, theatre, stadium and other public venue is reviewing their security procedures."


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