Andrew Bower called his best friend Friday to make sure he was OK.
His friend lives in Denver, CO., and he wanted to make sure he wasn’t at the theater in Aurora where a gunman opened fire and killed at least 12 people and injured 58 others.
But the tragic event didn’t stop him from seeing The Dark Knight Rises at Capitol Theatre Friday night.
“I think it’s an isolated incident. I think it’s a really sad incident,” Bower said.
Another moviegoer said he’s been waiting to see the movie for more than two years.
“So really there’s not much that was going to stop me from coming down here,” said Jimmy Ryan. “You can’t change what you’re going to do just because of something that happened.”
Cristian Brooks hadn’t heard what happened, but she said she may have reconsidered seeing the movie had she known.
“I’m shocked. That’s horrible. I probably would have not gone to see it if I would have known,” Brooks said.
Cleveland Cinemas released a statement Friday indicating that the movie chain was “taking precautions to help address our patrons' safety concerns.” David Huffman, marketing director, said they could not divulge more details for security reasons.
WKYC reported that the company also would not allow masks in the theater.
But moviegoers didn’t seem worried about their safety.
“To be honest I was really not nervous at all coming down to the theater, even in light of the terrible event,” Ryan said.