Marquee Cinemas in Southridge directed all questions to its corporate office in Beckley, and multiple messages to the office weren't returned Friday afternoon. Patrons of the Southridge theater, however, said they didn't notice any ramped-up safety measures.
Kevin Lynch of Charleston took his 10-year-old son, Garrett, to the movies with him Friday. Lynch used to live in Baltimore, and he said he felt safe in West Virginia because it has a different type of people, whom he described as being "more personable."
Lynch said he planned to sit near the aisle during the movie, though, just in case.
Movie-goer Kathy Boland of Charleston didn't yet know about the Colorado shooting as she left the theater after watching "The Dark Knight Rises," but said she wasn't concerned.
"I trust God's taking care of me," she said.
Boland said she couldn't start thinking about all the bad things that could happen to her or she'd ruin her life. She had one word for living that way: "Misery."
Michael Lanham of Charleston and Matthew McCormick of South Charleston said they were a little scared coming to Marquee Cinemas on Friday, but they couldn't miss seeing "The Dark Knight Rises."
As they discussed the shooter's motives and speculated about his mental condition, Lanham said putting metal detectors in the movie theater could solve some problems.
McCormick agreed and said that, eventually, people probably will have to get screened before they enter a grocery store, but that won't stop him from going out in public.
"You can't live your life in fear," McCormick said.
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