"Dark Knight" At Promenade Continues Under More Security
In aftermath of Denver shootings, showings of "The Dark Knight Rises" will continue as planned at Promenade's Rave Cinema under tighter security.
Employees at Rave Cinemas at the Promenade in Center Valley will check bags and backpacks of moviegoers before they enter the ticketing area as a precaution following a mass shooting at a movie theater near Denver.
But a Patch reader posted a comment Friday afternoon saying she went to the movie Friday and nobody was checking bags.
People cannot enter the theater from outside the building via emergency exits, a Rave manager told Patch Friday morning. The emergency exits do not have exterior door handles.
A masked gunman may have used an emergency exit to enter a movie theater and shoot patrons during a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, Colo., last night. Here's some background on the shooter.
Upper Saucon Police will station two officers at Rave for Friday night's showings, according to a Lehigh Valley Live report.
AMC Tilghman Square in South Whitehall Township declined to comment on security measures but said there is no change in plans to show "Dark Knight" this weekend.
At least 12 moviegoers were killed and about 50 injured in one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history.
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The gunman set off an unknown gas and then fired into the crowd after the midnight show began. Police have the suspect in custody.
Moviegoers didn't know what was happening and some thought the attack was part of the show. Then they saw a silhouette of a person in the smoke at the front of the theater near the screen, pointing a gun at the crowd.
At the local Rave Promenade 16 + IMAX, "The Dark Knight Rises" is on multiple screens with 18 showings scheduled between 12:30 p.m. today and 12:15 a.m., and continuing through the weekend at the height of summer blockbuster season.
Crowds packed the local Dark Knight premiere last night, according to a WFMZ report.
The Colorado shooter - 24-year-old James Holmes - had four guns: an assault rifle, shotgun and two handguns. Holmes was arrested in the theater parking lot. There's no word yet on a motive for the massacre.