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Fans of 'Dark Knight' react to Colorado shooting news

by Josie Huang | The Madeleine Brand Show

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David Davis, center, and his friends looked up at a big screen where clips from The Dark Knight Rises played on Thursday night. He didn't have permission from his chaperones to stay out for the premier. Grant Slater/KPCC

News of the tragic shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. during a midnight screening of "Dark Knight Rises," is rippling across the country. The film comes out nationwide today, so thoughts of the shooting are likely to be on the minds of moviegoers.

Reporter Josie Huang went out to the ArcLight Cinema in Pasadena today to survey the scene and find out how patrons are reacting.

Screenings for "Dark Knight Rises" started at 7:45 a.m. this morning, and Huang said there was a steady stream of fans lining up to see the film.

Twenty-year-old Miah Johnson heard about the Colorado shooting after she came out of the midnight showing of the "Dark Knight Rises" in Pasadena. She came back to the ArcLight to see the film again this morning and says she isn’t worried about anything happening to her in the theater.

”If I die, I die knowing that I’m happy and I saw the Dark Knight," said Johnson. "Everything about the movie is amazing from the soundtrack to the cinematography from the acting the special effects. Everything is amazing. All the stunts it blows my mind.”

Gabe Gomez, a college professor, said after hearing about the shooting, he would think twice about bringing his kids. He was hesitant about going to a midnight showing because of the crowds, and the intensity of the fans attracted to late night showings. However, since the shooting happened in Aurora, hundreds of miles away from Pasadena, and was hopefully an isolated incident, he couldn’t rationalize not coming this morning.
"I’m also a teacher, so unfortunately we’ve been a little bit overexposed," said Gomez. "I’m in a classroom all the time and we hear all these stories about students coming into classrooms so I guess it’s there in the back of my mind, but it would eliminate a lot of things that we do on a day to day basis.”

Huang didn't notice increased security at the ArcLight in Pasadena, but according to the L.A. Times, the LAPD has sent officers to check in on movie theaters in the Southland, including the ArcLight in Hollywood.

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