Forty-eight Washington area movie theaters planned to show “The Dark Knight Rises” this weekend, and as of now, there are no reports of canceled screenings after this morning’s shooting at a midnight premiere in Aurora, Colo.
Friday’s daytime screenings — which started as early as 8:30 this morning — are proceeding as planned at 26 theaters operated by AMC Loews and the Regal Entertainment Group, the two largest cineplex franchises in the Washington area. The Cinemark Egyptian 24 complex at the Arundel Mills Mall — operated by the parent company of the Century 16 theater where the Aurora shooting took place — is also proceeding with screenings as planned.
Smaller, independently run theaters in the area are going ahead with “The Dark Knight Rises” screenings as well.
“I just got wind of [the shooting] this morning,” said Zach Collins, manager of the Tally Ho Theatre in Leesburg. “We are planning to show all of them, but it is a scary thing and as a small theater, we can’t afford to shut down. It’s a really sad and scary thing, though.”
The film’s red-carpet premiere, which was planned for today in Paris, has been canceled.
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