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July 29, 2014

Moviegoers still head to ‘Dark Knight'; Dayton orders flags to half-staff

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton ordered flags lowered to half-staff Saturday to honor victims of the Colorado movie theater massacre, the Associated Press says.

Minnesota moviegoers reflected on the incident and safety in public places in this Star Tribune video. Fans still lined up to see the film Friday, the Strib says.

Movie fans said it was strange to see the film after the shootings, but it didn’t prevent them from coming to the theater, KARE 11 reports:

Twin Cities theaters took a “cautious” approach to screening movies Friday night in the wake of a deadly early-morning shooting at a showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” at the theater in Aurora, Colo., the Pioneer Press reports.

This is the opening weekend of the film that was expected to be perhaps the biggest blockbuster of the summer.

Some Twin Cities theaters were not commenting on the Colorado shooting, WCCO reports. Officials with the Mall of America said they will have heightened security for showings of the movie “The Dark Knight Rises” on Friday. The AMC Theater on Block E in downtown Minneapolis is also ramping up its security for the movie Friday night.

No Twin Cities theaters announced cancellations of screenings, WCCO said.

St. Paul police in recent years have trained for horrific scenes like those in Aurora, Colo., the Pioneer Press says.

Burnsville police have stepped up patrols near a theater there, Patch reports.

Edina police Friday were “taking measures to assess our risk of a similar event and deploy our resources accordingly,” Patch says.

Executives of St. Louis-based Wehrenberg Theatres, who run a chain that includes one theater in Rochester, had discussions before dawn with managers of its 15 cinemas in Illinois, Missouri, Minnesota and Iowa, spokeswoman Kelly Hoskins said, the Associated Press reports. She said the company feels comfortable with security already in place and plans no changes. She said she hopes other theater chains don’t panic and cancel showings.

The movie industry is reeling, the Associated Press reports.

IMAX theaters are expected to be a popular destination for the film this weekend, including those in the Twin Cities metro area. In a statement released to press by IMAX corporate, the company said, “In addition to the safety procedures already in place, IMAX is monitoring the situation closely and is in contact with public safety officials to ensure that appropriate steps are being taken for the safety of our moviegoers.” The release is applicable to all of the company’s venues, including those in Minnesota.

It remains to be seen how movie goers would react to the news, the Los Angeles Times reports.