Local moviegoers react to Colo. shooting

By: Hope Jensen Email
By: Hope Jensen Email

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Friday, July 20, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- "The Dark Night Rises" continues to show at theaters across the country. In Augusta, local theaters were busy all day long on Friday.

Moviegoers spoke to News 12 about what it's like to go to the movies after a tragedy like the shooting in Colorado.

It didn't stop a lot of people from going to the movie, but some say they were a little nervous.

Nicole Primas and her family saw the movie at Augusta Exchange Cinemas 20.

"She was very nervous about coming to see the movie," she said about her daughter. "She didn't really want to come."

After hearing about Friday morning's shooting, her daughter was worried.

"We saw an usher walking around with little flashlight and she was very nervous, like 'Who's that?'" she said. "I had to calm her by letting her know that was an usher just making sure everything was OK."

Primas said they weren't gonna let it stop them from seeing the movie saying, "We still have to keep picking up and moving on and going about our lives even though this happened."

She's not the only one. That seemed to be the mentality of many of the moviegoers Friday afternoon.

"When people do those kind of things they want folks to be affected and not live their lives and for me I think it's one of things that you still should go out and have a good time and still pay respect to what happened and think about that, but I'm still gonna go enjoy the movie," said moviegoer Terry Floyd.

"There's a risk in life. I could walk out the door tomorrow and be hit by a truck, but I'm not gonna stay inside my whole life, obviously," added Derek Llamas.

"Just because a bad event happens, if you let it keep you from doing something you're just fueling what the guy wanted to do. He wanted to entice fear and if you allow this to happen, then you're just helping him," said Brendan McDonnell.

All three of them went to see "The Dark Night Rises" on Friday. Primas said extra security measures at theaters might be a good idea.

"I do believe that they probably do need to implement security and metal detectors just in case something like this will never happen again," she said.

But others think it could be overboard.

"Maybe search bags or something like that, but I really dint think it's anything where we need to freak out," Floyd said. "We don't need like a TSA sort of thing going on at the theater."

Augusta Exchange Cinemas 20 had 45 showings of "The Dark Night Rises" on Friday. Some shows did were sell out. As for security, the theater itself did not seem to be taking any extra measures on Friday.

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