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AMC Theater bans masks, fake weapons in light of Colorado shooting

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  July 23, 2012 02:53 PM

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AMC Theaters will no longer allow patrons to come to shows wearing masks or carrying fake weapons after the tragedy that occurred at a Colorado theater on Friday morning.

The movie group, which has theaters in Braintree, Boston, Chestnut Hill, Dartmouth, Danvers, Framingham, Burlingon, and Tyngsboro; posted the change to its Facebook page on Friday, saying they would not allow any guests that are in costumes that make other guests feel uncomfortable.

“Movie going is part of our social fabric and this senseless act shakes us to our core,” the company posted to their page. “We’re reinforcing our security procedures with our theatre teams, which we cannot discuss in detail for obvious, safety reasons. Local law enforcement agencies, our landlords and their and our local security teams are stepping up nationwide to ensure we provide the safest environment possible for our guests.”

Media relations staff had no further comment beyond their Facebook page update. The company said in a statement that show schedules would not be changed although the policy for what people could wear to the shows would be altered.

“If guests wish to exchange or refund any tickets, we will honor our existing policy and do as our guests wish,” the update said. “We are taking necessary precautions to ensure our guests who wish to enjoy a movie this weekend can do so with as much peace of mind as possible in these circumstances.”

The change follows after a gunman came to the midnight premier of the new Batman movie, dressed in black and wearing a helmet, body armor, and a gas mask.

The gunman allegedly threw gas canisters into a crowded movie theatre and opened fire on the crowd, killing at least 12 people and wounding over 50 others.

The gunman was identified by police as 24-year-old James Holmes, who was arrested in the movie theater parking lot. Holmes made his first court appearance on Monday.

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