Was MJR Right to Ban Costume-Clad Guests Following the Colorado Shooting?
The owner of MJR Partridge Creek Digital Cinema said guests wearing masks or costumes will no longer be permitted into theaters, effective July 20.
Responding to the tragic shooting Thursday at a movie theater in Colorado, the owner of MJR Theaters said patrons are no longer allowed to wear costumes or masks to movies, regardless of showtime.
Mike Mihalich told the Detroit News Friday that the new policy would become effective immediately.
The policy comes less than 24 hours after a 24-year-old gunman opened fire during a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises in a movie theater near Denver, killing 12 people and injuring dozens more, according to a Detroit News report.
However, some Macomb Patch readers say they are unsure this policy could have any real impact on theater safety.
"I dont think wearing a costume made a difference," wrote Stephanie Szpytek on the Macomb Patch Facebook page. "I think we need to get back to a simpler time when there was morals..... and children and adults were held accountable for their actions...the world has become a dark place, we have adults and children idolizing someone like Tupac, when they should be finding their higher power and idolizing him..I call him God."
Kymberlee Parker-Young agrees.
"The gunman entered via the emergency exit(s) based on what is being reported. Banning costumes woud have done NOTHING to stop what happened," she wrote.
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