In the wake of the mass shootings during a screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colorado last week, local movie theaters are tightening their security efforts along with changing policies.
President and CEO of Brenden Theatres, Johnny Brenden (which operates inside of the Palms) stated that “When we have pictures that come out that are violent pictures, in general, we usually take a little bit of precaution, but after (Friday’s) incident, obviously we’re stepping it up more.”
Taking even more precautions, Brenden Theatres have also been publicly and privately been working with the Palms security as well as the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
“We’ll have security at the podium. We’ll have security in the auditorium,” he explained. “Then we connected with Metro, and they’ll be patrolling the outside of the perimeter of the theater. We’re not going to overkill, but we’re definitely taking precautions.”
Sgt. John Sheahan of the Las Vegas Police Department said that they weren’t going to increase patrols around theaters, but were sending police officers to movie theaters in order to talk to managers.
“We’re asking movie theater operators just to have a good sense of vigilance, and if they see something that doesn’t look right, say something,” says Sheahan.
“The security and safety of our guests and staff is always our number one priority,” Regal Entertainment Group said in a statement earlier this week. “As is our custom, we will continue to monitor the situation and adjust our security needs as necessary.”
Regal Entertainment Group controls theaters at Boulder Station, Aliante Station, Sunset Station and Texas Station. They also operate Green Valley Ranch, Fiesta Henderson, Red Rock Resort, Village Square and Henderson’s Colonnade.