SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In the wake of a deadly shooting at a movie premiere in Colorado, Mike Davis said he wasn't afraid to go to the movie theater in Southridge on Friday.
As the Mink Shoals resident headed into the building, he said the killings in Colorado are an example of people "out of control."
"I feel pretty safe here," Davis said. "I don't think there's crazies here -- but you never can tell."
Some movie theaters in the Charleston area had beefed up surveillance Friday, taking extra precautions after a shooter in Colorado gunned down an audience at the midnight premiere of the Batman movie early Friday morning. But most people filtering in and out of Marquee Cinemas in
Southridge on Friday afternoon said they weren't worried about something similar happening to them.
Taylor Wilson, general manager at Great Escape Nitro, said the theater brought in extra staff members Friday to monitor people coming to the movies in costume.
Wilson said employees kept an eye out for anything "questionable," such as outfits that could hide something. That's common practice at the theater for weekends or big movie events, he said, but it was especially relevant considering Friday's tragedy.
"There is a higher awareness, of course, today," he said.
At Park Place Stadium Cinemas in Charleston, there are always police officers on the weekends to make customers and staff more comfortable, said Derek Hyman, president of the Greater Huntington Theater Corporation, which owns the Charleston theater.
The movie theater doesn't usually have officers present for midnight releases, but Hyman said maybe it would for the next few showings because of the situation in Colorado.
But he said he didn't expect a need for increased security.
"Quite frankly, I think there's no chance that it's going to happen," he said, talking about the likelihood of a shooting occurring in a Charleston theater.