AMC Theaters, which operates two theaters in Creve Coeur among more than 5,000 across the country, said in a statement Friday that it was "actively working with local law enforcement in communities throughout the nation and under the circumstances we are reaching out to all of our theatres to review our safety and security procedures."
The statement comes on the heels of a deadly evening of gun violence at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado that left 12 dead and dozens wounded at a midnight screening of the premier of "The Dark Knight".
Sargeant Glen Williams told Patch Friday afternoon via email that there had not been a request for security from either AMC location, but that "on-duty Creve Coeur PD officers are, and will be, conducting extra foot patrols inside the theatres and patrols of the lots and surrounding areas."
One theater employee said what had occurred in Colorado had come up in discussion among patrons but that they were trying to stay positive. A pair of unidentified young men said after leaving a Creve Coeur screening of "The Dark Knight" Friday afternoon that what happened in Colorado was an isolated incident.
"I think its sad, it's sad that act of violence being made. It's not good," said one moviegoer.
We will not allow any guests into our theatres in costumes that make other guests feel uncomfortable and we will not permit face-covering masks or fake weapons inside our buildings. If guests wish to exchange or refund any tickets, we will honor our existing policy and do as our guests wish. We are taking necessary precautions to ensure our guests who wish to enjoy a movie this weekend can do so with as much peace of mind as possible in these circumstances.