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‘Dark Knight Rises’ continues to draw SCV moviegoers

Sheriff’s Department steps up patrols near theaters

Posted: July 20, 2012 7:05 p.m.
Updated: July 20, 2012 7:05 p.m.


The shooting at a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Colorado was tragic, Santa Clarita Valley moviegoers agreed Friday, but said it was not going to stop them from seeing the movie themselves.

“I saw what happened on the news and I asked my kids if they still wanted to go to the movies,” said Tim Wilt, a 44-year-old Santa Clarita resident, after buying tickets to the third in the Batman trilogy showing at the Valencia Edwards theater. “They said they still wanted to go, so we’re here.”

Both Santa Clarita Valley theaters continued to show the movie, expected to be a contender for the summer’s biggest blockbuster. But moviegoers who bought tickets in advance and changed their minds about attending on Friday could exchange the tickets for another date and time.

It was during an early morning showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” at a theater in Aurora, Colorado, Friday that a gunman tossed gas canisters and opened fire with multiple weapons, killing 12 people and injuring 59. The shooter was identified as James Holmes, a 24-year-old graduate student.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department issued a news release saying it was on heightened alert because of the shooting.

Deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station put extra patrols on duty around the Edwards movie theaters in Canyon Country and Valencia because of the shooting, Lt. Bill Weiss said Friday.

Sheriff’s deputies would ask managers and moviegoers if they had seen anything suspicious, Weiss said.

Regal Entertainment group, parent company of Edwards theaters, issued a statement saying it was saddened by the shooting.

“We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust our security needs as necessary,” the statement said. “In the meantime, our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families.”

Elijah Castaneda, a 17-year-old Stevenson Ranch resident, said the shooting gave him second thoughts about seeing the final movie in the Batman trilogy but he ultimately decided to go.

“I feel safe here,” Castaneda said at the Valencia Edwards theater. “But you never know.”

Christian Logan, a 23-year-old Newhall resident, said he hopes people don’t see “The Dark Knight Rises” in a negative light because of the shooting.

“He was delusional for trying to connect the movie with his plans,” Logan said of the shooter.



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