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Local theaters on alert after Colorado shootings

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(07/20/12) - Despite the horrific turn of events in Colorado, this weekend is still expected to be a very busy one for area movie theaters because of the highly anticipated release of the new Batman film.

Local theaters want their movie goers to be safe and safety experts want the cinemas to have a plan.

At Rave Cinemas in Flint Township, Fridays are always busy. This one should be no exception,  but on this night, Mid-Michigan movie goers' attention is turned to Colorado, where a masked gunman opened fire on a midnight showing of the Dark Knight Rises

"It's crazy, you can't go to the movies nowadays without something like that," said Jesse Aaron of Flint.

Despite the horrific tragedy, some said they won't let anyone spoil their trip to the silver screen.

"I feel safe, they have security here. They aren't letting anyone coming in with costumes on, you never know what they got in there," Aaron said.

"It teaches people to be more aware of their surrounding and pay attention, you never know what's going to happen, crazy world out there," said Matthew Johnson of Flushing.

The tragedy is being called the worst mass shooting in U.S. history and it has everyone on alert, especially theater security.

"When we have a premier like this, we always have security hyped up. We are double checking, making extra sure doors are locked and closed," said Sgt. Winfred Dickinson.

Sgt. Dickinson of Great Lakes Protection is the site supervisor for the theater on Corunna Road.

"We have the staff that works with us, we develop a relationship with our patrons, if they see problems they tell us. You always want to go over and make things better, make people feel safe."

Tom Mynsberge owns Critical Incident Management, he specializes in helping schools and businesses prepare for the worst. "One of the biggest things is what I see is that you aren't going to prevent these actions, but how we react, how management and supporting the people who are within determine whether people live or not."

Mynsberge adds when you are in a movie theater or any big auditorium, take note of the exit signs and know your environment.

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