Negligent Security – Movie Theater Shooting
Violent Crimes – Shootings, Murder, Stabbings & Robberies
The deadly shootings at a Dark Knight Rises screening left many movie goers shocked and scared for
their own safety. They all wanted to know how could a lone gunman enter an Aurora Colorado movie theater and open fire on the audience, shooting more than 50 people and killing 12 others.
According to The Press Enterprise other known movie theater violent crimes included:
- A man shot a noisy moviegoer in the arm in 2008, at a screening of “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” in Philadelphia
- In Eugene, Ore., in 2009, a man shot himself to death during a showing of “Watchmen”
- A teenager required six stitches after he was stabbed in the stomach in a quarrel with a security guard at a Long Island cinema after a screening of “My Bloody Valentine” in 2009
- In 2011, a man was shot to death in a theater in Latvia after an argument with another audience member watching “Black Swan.”
Just like ball parks
, football stadiums
, concert arenas
, and night clubs
, movie theater
owners are supposed to take reasonable steps to make sure that anyone on their property is protected from foreseeable harms. For the most part, movie theaters are safe; however, sometimes the lack of oversight and safety can lead to a variety of safety issues and crimes (shootings, assaults
, stabbings, etc.) that may cause serious injury and even death.
As a result of the Aurora shooting many cinemas and theaters are beefing up or rethinking their security plans. Some may install metal detectors, use security wands, may add security cameras
and additional security guards
for midnight screenings. Many will be screening
and retraining staff
on safety procedures.
As a patron you would always be vigilant and report any suspicious behavior. Always be aware of your surroundings and know where the exits and escape routes are. When you enter a public place try to visualize that an emergency and your escape plan. Consider carefully where you sit - choose an aisle seat when possible. Keep your cell phone close by and consider attending less crowded showings of the movie. At all times try to remain calm and avoid panic and yelling. Also try and park
your car in a well-lit space near the theater door or entrance.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a shooting
due to inadequate security at a movie theater or movie cinema, contact our negligent security attorneys
to discuss your legal rights.