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Will you see 'Dark Knight' this weekend? A Times/Google+ Hangout

July 20, 2012 |  3:41 pm

The Times is hosting a live Google+ Hangout on the "Dark Knight" theater shooting in Colorado with  reporters Rebecca Keegan and Andrew Blankstein as well as City Editor Shelby Grad. The chat begins at 4:30 p.m. PDT

Los Angeles Police Department officials promised "high-visibility patrol" of theaters as well as other entertainment venues, using both uniformed officers and undercover officers.

Some movie theaters also planned to take precautions and were banning patrons from wearing costumes during "Dark Knight" screenings.

PHOTOS: 'Dark Knight Rises' shooting

L.A. moviegoers who headed to the theaters Friday despite the deadly shooting in Colorado said they were not concerned about their safety.

"I feel like they've tightened up security so much that there really isn't anything to worry about," said Evelyn Pumar of West Los Angeles. "It was a one-time occurrence with someone that was completely out of their mind, and I feel like we're going to be safe. L.A. is a safe place."

Will you be seeing Dark Knight this weekend? We invite you to join in on the conversation by posting comments below or onto The Times’ Facebook and Google Plus pages or on Twitter using the #asklatimes hashtag.

Security concerns arise after 'Dark Knight' shooting

What happens when the nation's worst killing spree occurs during one of the most anticipated movie premieres of the year? Movie theaters and police plan to beef up security, theater companies ban costumes and some fans reconsider seeing the film.

Storified by Frank Shyong · Fri, Jul 20 2012 15:33:32

I'm gonna stop saying "There's no such thing as bad publicity" as of now. #batmanEddie Zareh
Some took a look how the shooting might impact box office earnings.
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Could Colorado theater massacre hurt 'The Dark Knight Rises' at the box office? http://soc.li/0CKaC3CHollie McKay
NBC News: Shooting At Colorado Theater Showing 'Dark Knight Rises'NBC affiliate KUSA-Denver is reporting a shooting at a Colorado movie theater. Police told NBC News on Friday that the incident occurred ...
Nikki Finke Brings Sobering Reality to Dark Knight Shooting"It is a very real possibility this terrifying tragedy may affect The Dark Knight Rises's opening box office today and this weekend." [De...
Meanwhile, the film grosses the second largest midnight opening of all time, beating "The Avengers."
'The Dark Knight Rises' Breaks Box-Office Records With A Massive Midnight OpeningMidnight box-office records were no match for Batman. According to The Wrap , "The Dark Knight Rises" easily swooped past "The Avengers" ...
At least some moviegoers took to social media to say they wouldn't be watching the film. Many posted their declarations directly on the Dark Knight Rises Facebook page. Some said they would boycott the movie out of respect for those killed in Colorado; others were scared of a copy cat incident.
say that out of respect for those dead and injured in the Aurora CO shooting, the movie 'THE DARK KNIGHT RISES' should be pulled from movie theaters immediately, and not shown again .. at lease for 6mo to 1 yearPam Fugate Byram
I will never ever go and see this movie. Pull the movie for the weekend under respect to the families affected.Kinzie Leedy
Gonna wait for the dark knight rises to come out on dvd.Billy Madison
I don't know about anyone else, but I no longer plan to see The Dark Knight Rises until it is released on BluRay now, unless DC and Warner announce that they are going to donate proceeds from ticket and merchandise sales to the Aurora victims. Feel free to share if you agree with any of the above.Bri Kupfer
Pull the movie.Richard Ellwyn Maslen Hogenson
will wait for the dvd release after the shooting never know how many idiots are out there wanting to play copycat shooter for the publicityDavid Redhawk-DaSilva
Won't be seeing the movie this weekend out of respect for those who lost their lives.Nathan Finn
I've been waiting for months for The Dark Knight to come out & my mom doesn't want me to go cause of what happened in Colorado NO I'm going!유♡유
Others insisted that the film has nothing to do with the shootings.
#aurora has no more to do with #batman than any violent act with where the perp chooses to do it. Sad day. Condolences to the families.Barry Levy
Weak that Dark Knight's first week is gonna be overshadowed by one hateful ass dude thoughCreated our own
well said > Don't Blame The Dark Knight Rises for Theater Massacre | http://Wired.com http://www.wired.com/underwire/2012/07/dont-blame-batman-for-theater-massacre/Hugh Hart
Movie theaters and police acted quickly to assuage movie watchers' fears, increasing patrols and making public assurances about movie theater security.
NYPD Boosts Theater Security After Colo. MassacreThe NYPD is stepping up security at theaters showing "The Dark Knight Rises" throughout the city as a precaution in the wake of a mass sh...
Undercover officers to patrol theaters after Colorado shootingPolice agencies and movie exhibitors plan increased security -- and new rules inside movie theaters -- in the wake of the Colorado "Dark ...
The second largest theater chain in North America, AMC Theatres, posted an update to its Facebook page saying that the company will ban costumes circuit-wide. Regal Cinemas also reacted via Facebook, but did not ban costumes. 
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Don't wear masks, mgr says. (@ ArcLight Pasadena for The Dark Knight Rises w/ 14 others) http://4sq.com/LDaAI6Tony Pierce
But a majority of moviegoers said they would still see the movie.
Colorado shooting: Moviegoers feel safe, flock to 'Dark Knight'Despite hearing news of the fatal Colorado theater shooting at a showing of latest Batman movie, many Los Angeles moviegoers said they st...
Still so pissed we couldn't make The Dark Knight Rises premiere, need to see it NOW!? Who can hook us up????Rizzle Kicks
Don't be an idiot, go see The Dark Knight Rises as soon as you can!Counterparts
If I die at #TheDarkKnightRises tonight, I love all my tweethearts.Tim Carrier
I'm watching The Dark Knight Rises (2741 others checked-in) http://goo.gl/VhLqB @GetGlue #TheDarkKnightRisesRhett Cochran
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-- Frank Shyong

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