In the wake of the deadly shooting spree at an Aurora movie theater one week ago, Colorado Springs theaters have responded by increasing security.
For so many of us, the idea of putting ourselves at danger by going out to the movies seemed absurd--until a man opened fire inside a darkened theater at the midnight premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises." Twelve lives were lost, dozens were injured, and for the public at large, the illusion that movie theaters were safe places was shattered.
Local theaters want to assure the public that they are taking every measure to ensure that what happened in Aurora remains an isolated incident. Theaters in the Springs have requested extra police officers to add a secure presence for moviegoers.
The Colorado Springs Police Department says officers are volunteering for extra hours to work these shifts at no expense for taxpayers.
Many banks, schools and churches have requested this type of added security as well.
Movie theaters hope that extra security will put people at ease when deciding to take in a movie over the weekend.