Here is a statement from Marcus Theaters, which owns the College Square Theater in Cedar Falls, following the deadly Colorado theater shootings during The Dark Night rises premiere early this morning.
“We are saddened by the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado, this morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, the associates at the Century Theater and the Aurora community.
These senseless, random acts of violence, by disturbed individuals, can happen anywhere, but had never occurred in a U.S. movie theatre in its 110-year history. Safety and security of our guests and associates is always a priority concern. We will take appropriate measures to have our security precautions in place today and every day.
All showings of “Dark Knight Rises” and all other motion pictures at all Marcus Theatres will go on as scheduled.”
A midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, CO was interrupted by tragedy when a gunman opened fire, prompting some theaters around the country to step up security.
A gunman released tear gas and opened fire on the crowd of theater goers, killing 12 audience members and injuring dozens. The suspect has been identified as James Holmes, who is from San Diego and more recently dropped out of a doctoral program at the University of Colorado Medical School campus in Aurora.
A Cedar Falls theater is not altering its plans for showings throughout the day today, which is the opening day for the highly anticipated new Batman blockbuster.
The College Square Theater in Cedar Falls will be running The Dark Knight Rises as scheduled. Matinee showtimes are at noon, 1 p.m., 1:50 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 4:45 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Evening showtimes run at 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.