Some costumes banned at AMC theaters after 'Dark Knight' shooting
This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
AMC Theatres banned some costumes at all its theaters Friday as a security measure after a gunman fired on a Aurora, Colo., audience, killing at least 12 during a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises."
Alleged gunman James Holmes was wearing a gas mask and riot garb that some have compared to the costume of the Batman movie's villain, Bane. New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told the Associated Press that the shooter dyed his hair to look like the Joker, another Batman villain, although Aurora police have not confirmed this.
Masks that cover faces and fake weapons were mentioned specifically in AMC's announcement, published on the company's 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."
The statement said show schedules would not change but that refunds would be issued for guests who had already purchased tickets but didn't want to attend the movie because of the new policy.
AMC Theatres is the second-largest movie theater chain in North America. Regal Cinemas, the largest chain, also issued a statement of condolence via Facebook, but the company has not banned costumes at its theaters.
[For the Record, 5:15 p.m. July 20: An earlier version of this post, and its headline, suggested that AMC had banned all costumes at its theaters. This version has been corrected to reflect that AMC will ban only costumes that it believes may make guests uncomfortable. "We want all our guests to feel comfortable at our theaters and we will be closely monitoring."]
-- Frank Shyong
Photo: A young moviegoer checks out two costumed fans before the midnight premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" in front of the AMC Universal CityWalk Stadium 19 Theatres on Friday. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times