I went to a couple of local theaters this morning before their first "Dark Knight" shows, one at 10 a.m., the other at 10:15. Small turnout -- fewer than 10 cars in the lot at one theater, maybe 15 at the other -- but that could be a function of the early hour. Talked to a young man coming to the 10:15 show who said he was a fan of Batman and the movies -- and had not heard about the Colorado shootings.
Update: I have contacted several theater chains about how the shootings will affect their security procedures this weekend,. So for, only Cleveland Cinemas has replied; a spokesman declined to discuss security but offered this statement:
Cleveland Cinemas wants to extend its sympathies to the victims in the incident at the Century Theatre in Colorado and to their families. Our thoughts are with them as they begin the difficult healing process.
Update 2: Cleveland Cinemas offered a follow-up statement:
The safety and security of our patrons is important to us. Given the recent incident at a movie theater in Colorado we are taking precautions to help address our patron's safety concerns.
Update 2, part 2: A publicist who sent out a release about Batman-themed cocktails this morning offered a mortified follow:
I wanted to send a note apologizing for my earlier email regarding Batman themed cocktails. I had scheduled an automatic email yesterday and would never have sent this email in light of the recent tragedy that has taken place in Colorado. I would like to sincerely apologize for any insensitivity.
ABC has already announced special coverage, including a live "20/20" tonight from Aurora. The official word:
ABC’s David Wright and Cecilia Vega will join Clayton Sandall on the scene. ABC News senior justice correspondent Pierre Thomas, chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross, chief health and medical editor Dr. Richard Besser, and ABC News consultant and former FBI agent Brad Garrett are contributing to reporting for all broadcast and platforms.
Diane Sawyer will anchor a special edition of “ABC World News” on Friday night with “World News” weekend anchor David Muir reporting live from the scene in Colorado.
Chris Cuomo will anchor a special live edition of “20/20” from Aurora, Colorado tonight at 10:00pm/ET.
Bill Weir will anchor a special edition of “Nightline” at 11:35pm/ET from New York with live team coverage from Colorado.
Christina Ng will be reporting from Colorado for ABC News digital platforms. Alex Stone and Jim Ryan will report throughout the day from the scene for ABC News Radio and Brandi Hitt will be providing continuing coverage from Aurora for ABC NewsOne, the network’s affiliate news service.
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