Jul 28, 2014

Krikorian, AMC Ban Masks and Fake Guns from Theaters

The theater chains said they won't allow patrons into theaters to see "The Dark Knight Rises" if they are wearing masks or costumes that make other customers "uncomfortable."

Krikorian, AMC Ban Masks and Fake Guns from Theaters

AMC Theatres and Krikorian Theaters announced Friday that masks, fake weapons and costumes that make other moviegoers "uncomfortable" won't be allowed inside its theaters following that claimed the lives of at least 12 people.

AMC Santa Anita showed "The Dark Knight Rises" in a midnight screening Friday and several other showtimes are planned throughout the day and night. Monrovia's also plans to continue showing the movie as scheduled.

Krikorian's full statement on Facebook:

Krikorian Premiere Theatres would like to convey our deepest sympathies to all those affected by the tragedy that has taken place in Aurora, CO. It is with heavy hearts that we reflect upon this random act and join with the rest of America in grieving for those lost.

The safety of our own patrons and staff mean everything to us and we are making every effort to ensure that our theatres remain sa...fe, secure and enjoyable environments for everyone. We would like to reassure all of our patrons that our theatres are always vigilant about security and we are taking this opportunity to reinforce our security procedures with our staff.

Our full show schedule, including screenings of The Dark Knight Rises will proceed as previously scheduled. However, we do ask that patrons wishing to dress-up for their screening take into consideration that we will not be allowing admittance to those wearing masks or costumes that may make others uncomfortable.

AMC's full statement on Facebook:

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 circuit-wide 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.

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