Lake Elsinore Theater 'Especially Vigilant' As 'Dark Knight' Screens

The tragic shooting massacre in Colorado has local theater on guard.

United Entertainment Corp., owner of Diamond 8 Cinemas on Mission Trail in Lake Elsinore, says theater staff will be “especially vigilant” in light of the

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Colorado victims and their families that are now suffering because of a senseless and random act of violence,” said UEC Vice President John Shorba. “Our current information indicates that this was an isolated incident in Colorado and there is no current threat to our theatre facilities or patrons. Nevertheless, we take the security and safety of our guests and employees very seriously and have instructed our managers and staff to be especially vigilant.”

UEC’s Diamond 8 began screening “The Dark Knight Rises” last night and will continue through the weekend. A midnight screening of the film in Aurora, Colo., was the Suspected shooter James Holmes, 24, an honors student from UC Riverside, is in custody.

Shorba said UEC works with local law enforcement in communities, but he would not share specific security measures being implemented at the theater. However, he did say the theater will not be turning away moviegoers dressed in costume.

"While we believe that fake weapons would be inappropriate the day after such a horrific tragedy, we will not be legislating what clothing people wear to attend movies. As always, anything inappropriate will be dealt with by local management," Shorba said.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is on the ready, but is not ramping up patrols, according to spokesman Deputy Albert Martinez.

"The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is ready at a moment’s notice to respond to any emergency event that may occur within our areas of service," Martinez said. “However, patrol operations continue as normal in our areas."

UPDATE: The National Association of Theater Owners has released the following statement: 

“On behalf of all the members and staff of the National Association of Theatre Owners, our hearts and prayers go out to the victims of this despicable act and their families. We are grateful for the quick and effective response by police and emergency personnel. Guest safety is, and will continue to be a priority for theater owners. NATO members are working closely with local law enforcement agencies and reviewing security procedures."


Ken Mayes July 21, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Tammy Not a true statement. Hitler used the gun laws that already existed in Germany at the time he came to power. The laws adopted by the Weimar Republic were intended to disarm Nazis and Communists These laws required registration of all weapons and a separate permit to carry a weapon. In 1938 the Nazi party modified the existing laws to make it harder for people of Jewish descent and other "non-citizens" to obtain a weapon. The laws in Germany since before the time of Hitler were very much like the direction this country is trying to go.
tammy July 21, 2012 at 06:46 PM
hey why take my word for it look it up yourselves hitler used gun control to take over
Ken Mayes July 22, 2012 at 04:06 AM
Tammy I did look it up Historians have pointed out that the preceding democratic Weimar Republic already had restrictive gun laws, which were actually liberalised by the Nazis when they came to power. According to the Weimar Republic 1928 Law on Firearms & Ammunition, firearms acquisition or carrying permits were “only to be granted to persons of undoubted reliability, and—in the case of a firearms carry permit—only if a demonstration of need is set forth.” The Nazis replaced this law with the Weapons Law of March 18, 1938, which was very similar in structure and wording, but relaxed gun control requirements for the general population. This relaxation included the exemption from regulation of all weapons and ammunition except handguns, the extension of the range of persons exempt from the permit requirement, and the lowering of the age for acquisition of firearms from 20 to 18. It did, however, prohibit manufacturing of firearms and ammunition by Jews. Harcourt, Bernard E (2004) "On the NRA, Adolph Hitler, Gun Registration, and the Nazi Gun Laws: Exploring the Culture Wars (A Call to Historians)", p. 22.
tammy July 22, 2012 at 11:23 PM
It was in 1938, after the "Anschluß" of Austria, when they decided that more gun control was needed- the "Weapons Law" of 1938. This law stated that no Jew could be involved in the firearms business or own ANY weapon. One thing is for sure- the Nazis were by no means gun banners or haters ( Hitler obtained a carry license in the 1920s ), they were elitist gun controllers. Those who were in the "Partei" could own gun ( even carry ) permits and those who were in the SS, Gestapo or certain Special Forces didn't even need permits. As a consequence of this it was very hard for the "Widerstand" to get guns to fight the Nazis. Many communist and socialist freedom fighters were killed while they tried to organize guns. So they chose to manufacture crude guns- but sometimes even machine pistols- in car or metal factories, often under the eyes of their Nazi bosses. Whereas organizing ammo was a real problem.
Ken Mayes July 23, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Firing Line is not a very reliable source of information. That being said all German citizens were allowed to purchase firearms after 1928, before this time per the Treaty of Versailles signed in 1919 all weapons of any kind were banned in all of Germany. Hiltler did not come to power until 1933 which gave the jewish people along with the gypsy's plenty of time to amass a weapons cache prior to the change in the law in 1939.


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