AMC Theaters Bans Masks, Fake Guns in Response to 'Dark Knight' Shooting
The new policy was enacted in response to the violent deaths of a dozen movie patrons in Aurora, CO.
Update: AMC Theatres clarified that the ban is only in place for some costumes and for fake weapons.
An updated message on the company's Facebook page reads:
Contrary to media reports, costumes are not banned, but we will not admit guests with face-concealing masks and we will not allow fake weapons in the buildings. We want all our guests to feel comfortable at our theatres and we will be closely monitoring.
(Editor's note: This story's headline has been updated to reflect AMC's clarification.)
In the wake of a shooting spree at a Colorado showing of The Dark Knight Rises, theater chains are reacting with caution and condolences.
AMC Theatres is banning moviegoers from wearing face-concealing costumes following the incident, in which 12 people were killed and 60 more were injured.
AMC issued the following statement via its Facebook page:
AMC Theatres is deeply saddened by the Aurora tragedy. Movie going is part of our social fabric and this senseless act shakes us to our core. 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. We couldn’t be more grateful for their collective support.
At this time, our show schedules circuitwide will not change. We will not allow any guests into our theatres in costumes that make other guests feel uncomfortable and we will not permit face-covering masks or fake weapons inside our buildings. If guests wish to exchange or refund any tickets, we will honor our existing policy and do as our guests wish. 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.
Local AMC theaters include those in Cherry Hill, Marlton and Deptford.
According to the Huffington Post, a gunman threw tear gas into a midnight showing of the new film The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, CO, before opening fire on the crowd.
Our sister site, Ramona (CA) Patch, has more about the shooter, James Holmes.