It has been a dark day for theaters showing the Dark Knight."This is the most tragic event I've ever experienced related to a movie theater experience." said Bill Menke of Wehrenburg Theatres.
You may not have noticed it, but many theaters already have a good deal of security. Both visible and invisible. In the case of Wehrenberg Theaters that means uniformed and plain clothes police officers watching for troublemakers. While there is no reason to believe what happened in Colorado would happen at a theater someplace else some wonder if theaters should employ an even higher level of security.
The other large theater chain in St. Louis is AMC theaters which has issued a statement that reads in part: "We are actively working with local law enforcement in communities throughout the nation and under the circumstances we are reaching out to all of our theatres to review our safety and security procedures."
Movie fans we talked to are greatly saddened, not just by what happened in Colorado, but how it leaves yet another of life's simpler pleasures discolored.
"It is so scary that we can't even enjoy a favorite American pastime without being shocked by something tragic like that." said Ashley Toner.
If ticket sales are any indication of the impact the tragedy in Colorado is having on movie fans, it is not in evidence at Ronnie's theatre in South County. Some of the early shows of the new batman movie at this theater are already sold out.