Threats of Violence in Movie Theaters Across the Nation
The infamous shooting in Aurora, Colorado during the midnight premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" on July 20 was a tragedy in more ways than one. In the subsequent weeks, there have been several incidents across the nation involving the threat of violence at movie theaters, and in many cases "The Dark Knight Rises" specifically. Whether these were simply coincidences made relevant by the Aurora shooting or were "inspired" by the tragedy is not always clear, but trend is alarming in either case. Here are some of the recent occurrences of criminal confrontations at the movies.
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West Homestead, Pennsylvania
Visitors to the AMC Loews Theater near Pittsburg on July 22 found themselves dashing for the exit after a fight broke out in the theater. Purportedly, two groups of people had broken out in fights outside a restroom and in the VIP section of the auditorium when someone yelled out "bomb!", causing a panic effect that rippled through the theater. In the ensuing frenzy, one person was taken to the hospital with a leg injury from being trampled.