In the wake of the movie theater shooting in Colorado, theater owners have to consider something many have given little thought to in the past, security. One big company, AMC Theaters said Friday it will ban costumes and masks from its 300 plus movie houses. Regal Entertainment, which owns Boise's largest theater, says moviegoers should expect stricter controls over character attire and accessories. And the National Association of Theater Owners says it’s reviewing all security procedures.
At Boise’s art house theater, the Flicks, the staff sat down to talk about the incident. CEO Carole Skinner says most of the conversation was expressions of sympathy for the victims and their families, but she did re-emphasize some Flicks’ policies.
“I have reminded my staff that when they clean between each show to also double check each exit.,” she says.
That’s to make sure no one has propped open the doors that lock from the outside. In the past they checked those mostly so people couldn’t sneak in to see a free show. With reports that the Colorado shooter came through an exit door, that check has new significance. Skinner says the Flicks has good security practices in place, but she adds no theater in Idaho, big or small has things like its own security staff. Skinner says she’d beef up security if her customers want her to.
“I hope it won’t come to that," Skinner says. "I’m hoping that this is an isolated crazy person that never should have had a weapon in the first place. You know, we want to react but we don’t want to over react. I don’t think the world is filled with crazy people that want to do this kind of behavior.”
The New York Police Department says it will station officers at theaters showing the new Batman movie.